Overcoming Stage Fright & Building Self-Confidence
Stage fright can happen to anyone, any time & anywhere and it does not matter how old you are – anyone can get stage fright!!!
Speech and Drama classes help children and adults, i.e. PEOPLE to overcome stage fright and even develop, build and attain self-confidence for situations that require interaction with individuals or amongst groups of people.
This applies to children of any age in a classroom and even to adults in social settings like events/parties/special engagements OR for professionals/sales people in the business world looking to make new business clientele or persuade potential customers to buy a product or use a service.
The possibilities for personal growth and development of soft skills and other social skills with Speech and Drama are endless. From learning about presentation skills to being able to be an effective and persuasive communicator, Speech and Drama has something for everyone, young and old.
Speech and Drama also teaches us techniques in breathing properly and speaking more effectively which in turn makes us better communicators. Breathing and vocal activities along with voice warm-up techniques all play a strong hand in helping us to speak more richly in language that involves the following
- voice projection
- passionate conviction in speech;
- ideas and opinions that are well thought out and well-paced when expressed with powerful words that are enunciated, stressed and articulated properly.
Power (Projection), Pitch, Pace, Pause, Inflection Tone (PPPPIT) are very useful & dynamic tools for changing and sculpting our voices for story telling and portraying characters for TV, film & stage.
2 questions that parents/teachers may still have about Speech and Drama:
(i) how do we convince or persuade young students, (i.e. children) to do vocal warm-ups in a proper way & do these warm-ups without seeing them as being silly?
(ii) how can we make it more fun for them so that they will not see it as a bore or a chore?
For these answers, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come back to our blog site to see if these issues are covered in a future posting.
VOCAL WARM-UP ACTIVITY – THE VOICE SIREN
- Take a deep breadth from your diaphragm (the area of the stomach where the belly button is located). As you exhale and let out that single breath through your mouth, make a humming sound that varies from high to low pitch and back again (like a police siren) for as long as you are exhaling that single breadth.
Jamie Shawn Tan