Nervousness is negative energy.
Energy is something that can be transformed.
It is perfectly normal for a child to feel nervous before a speech.
We get nervous about things we are passionate about because we want them to go well. Even seasoned performers like Billy Connolly testify to still getting nervous before every performance, so it is understandable if your child does too!
Here are some tips on how your child can overcome nervousness to succeed in public speaking for kids.
Breathing exercises: These act as an instant relaxant. Tell your child to breathe in for five seconds, hold for five then breathe out for five. Repeat this as many times as necessary (usually three) to feel the benefit.
Big picture thinking: Let your child know that no matter how well prepared or relaxed they are they will still be nervous. Performing in front of an audience is just like child-birth, you cannot possibly leave the grip of anxiety until it is over. The only way their nerves will calm is when they are out there delivering their speech and winning the audience over. This is why it is a good idea not to wait backstage for too long and not to have a long introduction from the host of the event. The longer his/her introduction goes on the more nervous your child will become waiting to get on stage. Keep the bio short- 15 to 20 seconds- even if your child is a public speaking genius with a plethora of accolades.
Psyche up: This can be done by chanting, singing a song to oneself or saying a prayer.
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