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Roughyed Does it get easier??? (singing) (50) RE: Does it get easier??? 15 Mar 03

I think that's really good advice from Peter T. I find that it helps people who have to speak in public if they stop thinking of it as "all those people looking at me" and think of it as "I've got something to tell these people", which in our case is the song.

If you want look at an audience you can focus on a spot in the middle of their forehead. It looks to them like you're looking right in their eyes but it doesn't distract you the same. Some people look just over the audiences heads and others pick one person to sing to (who can get very paranoid). See what helps.

In terms of whether it gets better, you'll find that there is a wider and wider area where you are comfortable and hardly nervous at all. After thirty odd years I still get nervous in new situations or with a larger audience than I am used to. It's just that I don't let them know now because over the years I've learned to keep the symptoms hidden. Nobody knows what is going on in your head unless you tell them or let your voice wobble. Breathe deep, relax your throat and enjoy the song.

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