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It grabs your gut and makes your hands shake It hijacks your saliva glands when you need them the most It reduces you to a child scared to death that the boogieman lurks somewhere beyond the stage lights Stage Fright According to the Book of Lists stage fright is most peoples number one fear next to fear of height insects deep water illnesses and deathThis doesnt necessarily mean people would rather die than do presentations or perform By nature death is an once-in-a-lifetime ordeal which allows it to be easily put down on the list But public speaking or performing and all the jitters that come with it is something everyone has to deal with Those who dont learn how to control their fear risk becoming boring ineffective speakers or performers or worse keeping themselves from promotions I both the business and entertainment field But those who do conquer stage fright tend to see their career options broaden their financial pockets deepen and their job satisfaction soar Fear of stage fright can ruin your professional life if you let it But stage fright can be controlled all it takes is sincere willingness to work on the problem and a solid understanding of what youre trying to overcome The first thing to understand about the anxiety associated with public speaking or performing is that it is a perfectly unnatural situation Physiologically the response works like this The moment a threat is perceived an alarm goes off in your brain triggering secretions of tow essential and very effective stimulants adrenaline and cortisol As these stimulants course through your body they increase your heart rate and raise your body temperature preparing your body to defend itself Extra blood goes to your hands legs and brain priming your muscles and nervous system fro action and causing your palms and forehead to sweat Because the stomach organs are vulnerable to attacks by sharp-toothed beasts blood immediately leaves the area causing
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