Mindfulness can be used as a tool to help manage stress and stage fright.
Mindfulness, which has been known in Eastern cultures for centuries, is conquering the western world. In the literature, the concept of mindfulness is defined as the ability to observe and experience external and internal stimuli without criticism and with equanimity. In general, they can be described as being here and now, with full acceptance of occurring events, thoughts and circumstances. Mindfulness techniques can effectively support people who face an audience during the presentation.
Being one of the most common fears among the public, fear of public speaking is prevalent among 85% of the population. Each of us must take part in this activity from time to time. So how do you deal with this common condition? Mindfulness can be an extremely useful skill in this context. Thanks to it, we can stop negative winding up and the spiral of unsupportive thoughts. Mindfulness can support speakers, actors, vocalists or managers who often feel fear and stress before speaking. Regular use of mindfulness techniques allows you to increase concentration, which in turn can help you increase the efficiency and quality of speech. What’s more, a 15-minute meditation can also manifest self-confidence and positive emotions.
Mindfulness enhances our perception abilities and stress reduction on stage. Meditation causes changes at the biological level, because it regulates the work of the prefrontal cortex, which affects the ability to cope with stress and emotions. It also reduces the level of cortisol in the blood, allows you to slow down the flow of thoughts, increases the density of gray matter. All these benefits that mindfulness bestows on us during public speaking.
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Hello. Welcome to my blog. I work as a public speaking trainer, mentor and head os speakers for TEDx Warsaw and I am certified coach at PCC level. I also help, among others, lawyers, vocalists, actors, lecturers and business people in preparation for their speeches in front of hundreds of people in the audience, as well as in conducting small meetings or presentations.
My professional path has led me through many years of music education, but also SGH and psychological studies. As the only Polish woman I performed in the Cuban musical “Conoce mi Cuba”. For many years I worked on controlling the stage fright that kept me awake at night. I have always wondered how to manage the internal critic, not to worry about the opinion of others, and how to build a real sense of confidence on stage. Now I know the answer. Recently, I have given countless interviews, which made me aware of the importance of confidence in front of the camera.