In this research conducted by RADA Business they explore the issue of stage fright and nerves in the workplace with data from a survey of 1,000 business people, revealing their experiences.
They also look at ways to overcome your public speaking fears, with their leading tutors providing advice and guidance on ways to harness your nervous energy to prevent it from derailing your performance.
At one time or another most of us have been struck by stage fright.
That surge of adrenaline causing our heart to race, stomach to turn over and the lines we were about to speak to vanish into the ether.
It can strike anyone, whatever their ability or experience, at any time.
Laurence Olivier famously suffered from a bout of stage fright that struck him later in life. It caused him great anguish over a five-year period in his fifties, when he was already the most celebrated stage actor of his generation.
However, you don’t have to be performing at the National Theatre to be gripped by fear.
Many people in business experience a workplace equivalent to stage fright. We’re calling the nerves, uncertainty and fear that we may feel in workplace scenarios in which we need to perform ‘workplace performance anxiety’, and many people in their daily working lives experience the feelings associated with it.
It may surface when delivering a crucial speech, during a job interview or simply walking into a networking event. Whatever the situation, the physical and emotional sensations are the same.
It is a common and universal experience, but it’s also something that can be solved.