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Debunking The Only Valid Reason Why You Fidget On Stage

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Inherently, you have an inclination to become afraid when you climb the stage. With all eyes peering at you from all directions, you are justified to switch to panic mode.
Apart from this fact that fidgetting on stage is inherent, could there be some underlying reasons why you may fidget?
Yes, there are a ton of reasons why you fidget, especially when it involves a speech performance or something of such. Ordinarily speaking, the less you have done it, the more panic you express. But more technically speaking, experience simply enhances your confidence and familiarisation with a crowd or distinguished audience.

In this post, I'm not going to tell you all the reasons why people fidget when performing on stage but I'm going to tell you the single most important reason why people fidget. The aim of this is to keep you armed against the unnecessary stage freight.

Do You Know Fidgetting Is A Normal Reaction

People wouldn't really slay you when they catch you fidgetting on stage. It is considered a normal response to the seemingly high expectations from the peering eyes. However, the mere expression of fear in your eyes or in your voice can send a deep message of distrust to your audience where they are made to lose confidence in you.
So the problem is your confidence is at stake. But that's not all, what do you think your audience wants from you?

Confidence At Stake, But Your Audience Wants You To Succeed

I am trying to be as concise as possible. So I am going to go straight to that important valid reason why you probably fidget on stage. The very fear that you will go wrong remains the most important reason why many people fear when made to present on stage. Other activities that require precision also have similar outcomes. For example, you trying to inject a hypodermic needle into a patient in the hospital or clinic. There is the inherent fear of going wrong when it comes to delicate matters as precision and stage situations.
As a matter of fact, I have watched people with great content fumble at the sight of the crowd. I myself, I'm a living testimony.
There was a speech I had prepared for in my earlier years of public speaking. After having memorized the stuff, it ended up in gaps of silence and unfruitful thinking between my speech. Everyone simply took it as a normal part of life and indeed, life went on.
The truth is, you actually become afraid because of that inherent fear of failure. Whereas this reason may be considered a normal part of life, I am here to diffuse away, the legitimacy of that reason so that you can see more light to remain confident.

Hurray! this valid reason of not wanting to fail has been debunked in one statement. Your audience actually wants you to succeed. They want you to do really well in convincing them with tour speech. In other words, they are very open-minded. No wonder they will still clap when you are obviously failing. This is not an attempt to boo you for not doing well enough but that may just be their own way of telling you that you can do it.

Confidence Before Content

Your content matters much when you are on stage. You evaluate your self based on your level of proficiency in whatever you are doing on the stage, the moves you've got, and other distinguishing arts. But on the other hand, your audience checks your confidence out first before they do for your content.
Confidence here is like a two-edged sword in the sense that, one side gives you a convincing/non-fearful presence and the other reinforces your content. In reinforcing your content, I mean you get to actually do more than you think you know how to when you are confident.
In a presentation or demonstration involving a panel of judges, they would often find their way to know your true content and your level of confidence equally. But judges are rarely present in common presentations. I don't know for certain if judges succeed in equally accessing the true levels of confidence and content but I know for sure that your general audience just wants you to be confident and succeed.

Just before I conclude this post, let me just recommend one easy way to muster confidence during your preparations for your presentation. Confidence all begins during your hours of preparations. This I the time when you will tell yourself that you're going to be alright. The truth is true confidence only comes when you believe in yourself no matter what content you've gathered or you've not. When confidence comes before anything else, your preparation comes in easy and better. And then, your content also easily flows out when you need it most.

Prosper Yole

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