How I beat stage fright | Joe Kowan

How I beat stage fright | Joe Kowan

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Humanity’s fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it’s less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it’s stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

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  1. The biggest thing to remember is that almost everyone has fear of public performance whether it’s speaking, music, sports etc. If it’s unbearable and you need a last resort rescue, propanol helps and most doctors are okay prescribing it since it’s not addictive. Also, as strange as it sounds, taking regular, uncomfortable cold showers does something magical in the brain. I’m a very shy person and I perform in front of people all the time. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes brutal. Keep yourself busy and focused on other people as long as possible up until the moment. Trust yourself and be yourself. You will know what to do or say if the unforeseen arises, no matter how much you think about it beforehand.

  2. To sum it up – he overcame stage fright of playing songs in front of people by repeatedly going on stage and playing songs in front of people. Then he plays a song.

    My anxiety was hoping to hear a different method than be brave and just do it. C’mon related videos don’t let me down now…

  3. Hey ,guys let be friend haha I feel so warm that know there have someone out there that have condition like me.tomorrow I have contest stage too.just a minute ago I feel terrible .fright at all time .want to puke and feel like I gonna died everytime I just bend down my head but I will try.

  4. I have a bizarre kind of stage fright. I've performed at festivals, in front of thousands of people and it hasn't scared me in the slightest. Small crowds are the worst for me. I suppose it's more intimate and you always run the risk of eye contact… it's so frustrating

  5. Brilliant! This is going to help me overcome my incurable stage fright, thank you so much…and I have it so bad, I refused to do any live performances for years…?

  6. I enjoyed that. I had terrible stage fright for the longest time. Here's how I overcame it: I asked a friend in the same boat if he'd like to practice just one to one. We did that for a year. Soon we joined a Meetup group where we'd go and sing a song or two together until we felt comfortable to do them alone in this supportive group. A cafe opened in town and I asked the owner if I could play during the day (I'm semi retired). He said sure and I played once or twice a week for a year — sometimes to the waitstaff in an empty cafe, sometimes to a handful of people, sometimes a larger group. Many times I'd want to turn my car around on the way there but I stuck to it. I hope you get something out of my experience. Oh, one more thing… find songs that you absolutely love and can lose yourself in and always find some that put a smile on your face because that smile shows up in your voice. Good luck!

  7. I'm working through the book, 'Self-Confidence Workbook- A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem,' by Markway and Ampel, and it recommended this video. I'm glad it did, this was really helpful for the end of the second chapter 🙂

  8. If I didn't know about Kowan's stage-fright monster I would never believe that a wave of anxiety washes him over every time he performs. He has done really cool job and his performance on TED is the best proof.

  9. I just had my first adult stage performance experience a week ago and anxiety overcame my body then leaked into my vocals. I was forgetting the words to my songs which I practiced for four months prior to the night I went on stage. I am researching musician performance anxiety now to get to the root of it so that I can be better prepared for it next time I perform

  10. I had terrible stage freight when I was in teens and twenties. No idea why. So at work I took an assignment that required lots of public speaking. I had to attend two weeks of public speaking training in an auditorium setting. More than a few attendees were so terrified that they became physically I’ll. Now I love the thrill and excitement of speaking and singing in front of people. It’s a rush to me.

    Fear is a perfectly normal and actually a healthy thing. The key is controlling the fear, and moving forward anyway, not overcoming the fear. It’s called courage.

  11. The problem comes up when it’s ages beforehand and I’m crying because I hate the idea of using my voice in front of people but I have no idea why because there shouldn’t be anything to worry about and I’ve danced to a crowd a lot of times so I should be fine but I’m still so scared