5 ways to overcome your stage fear and nail your speech

A while ago I wrote a blog on “4 ways to improve your Communication Skills”, and many readers replied asking about how to overcome the stage fear or become a good public speaker.

So, let’s talk about it.

First of all, if you feel nervous when speaking in public, know that you’re not alone.

It’s estimated that as much as 75% of the Earth’s population struggles with a fear of public speaking. This implies that some 238 million people feel nervous about addressing others on stage.

These reports were released back in 2015. Over the past years, the number has increased with the growing population.

If you’re a part of this number, wouldn’t you appreciate learning how to love stage and spotlights instead, and nail public speaking?

I’m sure you would 😉

Learning to love addressing the audience on stage and being fond of it may seem like a distant goal. But, as they say, it all starts with a first step.  

So let’s begin with that!

In this case, the first thing you must do is to remind yourself that the topic you’re passionate about is most likely also of interest to listeners. That’s why they are sitting in the audience. And they are listening to your content, not judging you or your orating skills.

Here are some “quick fixes” that you can use when stage fear comes to call.

1. Think right

Think the right thing: it isn’t about you! When we feel anxious before giving a  speech what’s the first thing we really think?

“I’m awful at this”? “I can’t do it”? Or “this is not my thing, I’m not an extrovert person”?

If your answer was any of the above, it’s time to change that!

I know speech anxiety is pretty unpleasant and makes you focus on how awful you’re feeling, instead of what really matters: the response of your audience.

Put yourself in their shoes and think about what they’re hoping to get out of this presentation. What is more important to them? How good or fluent you speak, or what the content that you’re sharing?

It will always be the latter.

So relax, and focus on the knowledge you’re sharing.

2. Greet and smile at your audience

Do you get the same fear when you talk with your parents, siblings friends or someone you are familiar with? Not really, right?

This is because you share a bond with them, and so you have to do the same with the audience.

You have to make them believe that you’re here to connect with them and make a difference or impact their lives.

One of the most effective ways to feel like you have a relationship with your listeners (and therefore feel less anxious) is to take a moment to allow that to happen. You do that in your moment of greeting.

Charge yourself at this moment, letting listeners know that you really enjoy being there. Again, you too will feel it!

3. Let’s light the audience to enlighten them

Standing in a spotlight while addressing feels like standing alone in a harsh glare of light, where everyone notices your move.

But in reality, you’re not alone. All of those people who came to listen to you are not there to judge, but to learn. And they also might have a lot to contribute!

So why not give them the mic sometimes? Let the spotlight shine on them, for a change, and interact with your audience.

This will make you feel less alone, more connected and hence more comfortable 🙂

4. Don’t present the subject, talk about it

Put yourself in the shoes of the audience again and think about the speeches you loved.

Is it the 1-hour speech where the speaker presented without even interacting, or is the 2-minute speech with conversations with the speaker?

Latter one!

Speeches are loved when they are more conversational.

Your speech nerves come relatively from the thought that you’re there to give A SPEECH. In reality, you’ll just be talking to some human beings.

And you do that every day, don’t you? So why be so nervous this time?

5. Move around

When we’re in a state of fear, it releases adrenaline into our bloodstream. It’s called the “fight or flight” response because stress hormones push us to physically fight the threat, or get away fast.

As a result, we feel like we’re in a pressure cooker while speaking to a group.

If we stand stock-still, this pressure keeps building on. So, move around! Release the pressure. The best part is that when we move, the audience feels that we are relaxed.

Performance anxiety and stage fear are perfectly normal and it can be overcome.

Don’t fight your stage fear, work with it and you’ll surely rock your presentations! And remember: the best way to improve in anything is just by practicing it.

Let us know your opinions and how these tactics helped you, we’d love to know 🙂

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Anisha Bhawanani is graduated in Marketing and Finance and loves writing. She is a happy go lucky girl with a head full of dreams, very passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures. One day she wants to win a man booker prize.

4 Reasons Why Learning A Second Language Is Important

“To have a second language is to have a second soul.”

– Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor

It can be intriguing at times, you know, to think why knowing a new language can be of any use. You could think:  “what’s the point if the one I’m reading right now will soon become the universal medium of communication?”

English as the undisputed global language, is diverse in itself, easy to comprehend, widely vocal and written, and well, in our curriculum!

leters on a board - perks of learning a new language

It’s the language of the internet. It’s an intelligent channel of thought, culture, and unity.

But what might be little bothersome is the fact that a language dies every 14 days, and if we keep neglecting our native speech, it might become one of them.

Every new language teaches something, and here’s why we should make the most of it:

1. A language drives the way we think

Language is a uniquely human gift, central to our experience of being human.”

– Lera Boroditsky, Cognitive Scientist, Psychologist and Linguist

We as humans are known to have opinions, thoughts, mindsets and even behaviors relative to the situations or environments we are put in.

That is not different when it comes to the language we speak. Our mode of communication, the literal language we speak can influence our thoughts and actions!


Here’s something even more interesting.

men looking at the sky - learning a second language

If you didn’t know, something as basic as the use of grammatical gender in a language can shape the way we look at things.

And this is actually well researched at Stanford University!

For example, a community in Australia uses specific cardinal directions in their daily language.

Like “You’re reading this blog from north to south.”  

The best part about talking in this manner is that the people stay aligned and oriented in their lives.

Hence, a second language can shape how you think and can influence your small acts.

2. A new speech imbibes a new culture

african tribe

Getting to know, comprehend and speak a different language can help you gain enormous clarity on the culture of the place.

The way people word stress while speaking makes you understand their thoughts, perceptions and reasoning. So once you gain a pattern of their ideas, you also get more knowledge about their culture.

It’s that simple.

Languages are a lot of fun as well. Like ‘Fahrt’ in German actually means ‘a trip’ in English.

The idea of having multiple languages, that too in one nation, is creative. It influences the way people experience their lives.

Personally, we consider a speech as a celebration of diversity and talent.

3. We become effective multitaskers

Switching to another language while speaking makes us exercise our analytical skills and become empathetic.

It helps in enhanced communication since what a person might not grasp in Language A, might get it better in Language B or C.

girl in a snowboard using the laptop

Once a habit, this mental repetition also invites wisdom and generally avoids miscommunication.

People who utilize their logical capacity more often become better at handling more than one task at a time, inviting efficiency and productivity.

Bilingual people are less likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s as well.

What might simply seem linguistic may have relations with psychology and science.

4. We can stand out in the job market

The more international languages we know, the more we reflect as a world citizen on our CV.

There are always certain companies which search for multilingual candidates.

This helps you in getting diverse and interesting job roles!

With knowing more languages also comes the idea of understanding more cultures.

Hence, your ideas can be welcomed at your workplace.

girls at work talking

As you can see, there are multiple reasons why it can be extremely relevant for the youth to learn a second language.

We become better world citizens, multicultural and keep the native languages alive for generations to follow.

Knowing more than one language can be an art of mastering life and dealing with intrinsic realities better.

So now, let’s actually mind our language and learn a new one!

Do you already know a language you wish to keep it immortal? Good news is you can do it by spreading it to the world! And in return, you might just learn a whole new language as well.

Explore our opportunities for interning abroad here!

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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s traveling!

From Rags to Riches- J.K. Rowling’s road to success

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

J.K. RowlingBest known for her mega-best-selling book series of Harry Potter, Joanne Kathleen Rowling is one of those people who managed to make millions of dollars from their creative minds.

Even if you were not one of those who spent hours behind the books, imagining how it would be to live in a magical world, you probably at least watched movies. It’s a story of generations and for all generations.

Her stories have inspired thousands of people to believe in themselves and to believe that everyone has a magic inside them. But there is much more to it, a ‘behind the scenes’ story: J.K.’s story!

In case you didn’t know, she went from being a single mom struggling to pay the bills, and became the acclaimed writer we all know today.

How? That’s what we want to tell you.

Here are some of J.K. Rowling’s life philosophies, which helped her overcome all the challenges she faced and get where she’s now.

1. Ability to see the silver lining and turn ‘lemon into lemonade’

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In 1990, when her mother died, J.K. used the feeling of loss to complete the real-life elements of Harry Potter. That pain was the fuel for her to write about the miserable life of Harry as an orphan.

A few years later, her marriage also fell apart. She was jobless at the time, and raising her first child came to her responsibility, so she started living on state benefits. No wonder she ended up in a big depression.

During this dark time, she changed these miserable feelings to her benefit and made up the Dementor (a creature in her books that suck away any joy when he shows up).

So yes, there are many moments in our life when everything seems hopeless, but just as J.K. did, we can use these moments in our favor.

Channelize the pain and turn it into something good.

2. The crucial significance of imagination.

Is imagination only for the kids? Maybe then we’re all just big kids! 😀

J.K. Rowling believes that imagination is the most powerful weapon on earth. And when you think about it, everything created resulted of our daydreams.

There wouldn’t have been something called ‘pizza’ if, someone never dreamt about the taste of combining sauces with some cheese and vegetables, or would it?

“Imagination is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we never shared.”

J.K.. Rowling

So, go ahead and daydream. Let your imagination run where it may and imagine a better life, a better world. Imagine magic.

And, If someone complains, tell them that you have Jo’s permission 😉

3. Your qualifications are not your life.

“You are more than the things you do or did not do.”

J.K. Rowling

No matter how many degrees you have, or how many lessons you did not finish, your qualifications (and grades) are not you or your life!

She says:  “Failure gave me an inner security that I have never had by passing examinations.”

Jo believes that failures are all about stripping away the inessential. That’s why we become better with each failure and improvise when we try again.

Does inner security comes from a job, money or getting an A+? The perfect spouse or a relationship?

Jo says that success is, luckily, not measured by the number of qualifications we have.

4. Focus on what work matters the most to you

“I began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

J.K. Rowling

After she finished her degree in 1986, J.K. landed on a job at Amnesty International, as a researcher and secretary. While working there, she kept on carrying her passion: writing.

At that time, her articles were published in a journal of Exeter University.

After a while, she moved to Manchester to work for the Chamber of Commerce. That’s when she began writing her sensational Harry Potter story.

Think about it, wasn’t it pretty cool that she came up with the multi-million dollar idea while working as a regular employee?

While delivering a speech at Harvard, she said that “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

By rock bottom, she meant that she had failed on an epic scale. Having an exceptionally short-lived marriage, being a jobless, alone parent and “as poor as it was possible to be in Britain, without being homeless”.

Even we can rise up from our own rock bottom, lay a foundation for our dreams and goals, no matter where we are at this very moment.

All it takes is to have resilience, faith, and to believe in yourself. We all have power inside, we just need to find the best way to channel it!

Share this post with someone who needs some magic in their life right now 🙂

Did you like this post? You may also take a look at: “3 Leadership concepts from Jeff Bezos”

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Anisha Bhawanani is graduated in Marketing and Finance and loves writing. She is a happy go lucky girl with a head full of dreams, very passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures. One day she wants to win a man booker prize.

4 Unconventional Ways to Manage Stress

Stress is now being termed as a ‘growing youth epidemic’. According to surveys conducted by the American Psychological Association, most teens report stress levels higher than those considered healthy, and the add-ons include depression, chronic fatigue and a lack of appetite due to excessive stress.

With this concerning data, is past time that we all start taking our health more seriously, and do something to improve our mental health.

Here are a few ways to de-stress, unconventionally and effectively!

girl under stress


When you rush things, your heart rate rises and your blood pressure spikes, inducing stress and discomfort. Event talking too fast makes your body tense and your breath shallow,  hence it is best advised to slow things down and let your words flow, instead of gush, during a conversation.

Focus on the moment-to-moment breakdown of a topic, instead of jumping to the next. This gives you and the people you are interacting with clarity, eliminating the need to over-explaining and overthinking.

girls talking - stress management

Develop this into a habit, and you will slowly find your conversations much more meaningful and rewarding. This will put you at ease emotionally and physically.


Studies have shown that vitamin C reduces both the physical and psychological effects of stress. It allows the body to regulate cortisol, which is a primary stress hormone, preventing blood pressure from spiking during a stressful time.

lemon slices - good for stress


Living in a noisy building or on a busy street leads to physical and mental stress, as the constant disturbance keeps your mind alert and on guard.

You can muffle that noise, reduce stress in and around you effectively. Some good noise cancellers options are thick curtains, a white noise machine – which emits a consistent, soothing sound – or just noise-canceling headphones – that play soothing music.

girl with headphones - listen to music to avoid stress

It’s not only about what you hear, but also what you see. Colors have a special effect on the way your body handles stress. Soft colors such as green, blue, and white help soothe the nervous system, while colors such as red may alarm you.

Similarly, calming fragrances like lavender and jasmine help stimulate your mind in a positive way. Incorporate these elements to create a corner solely dedicated to relaxation and to trigger and encourage emotional harmony.


Panicking and being anxious about deadlines and unscheduled work is one of the major reasons why stress can escalate to drastic levels. During the crunch hour, plan out your time effectively, instead of trying to do a little of everything at once.

Scheduling and planning also calm your nerves. It makes you feel more in control and organized, as compared to when you execute the tasks randomly, and they seem never-ending.

girl with pen in the mouth, thiking - plan to avoid stress

This also helps you to prioritize your work in order of importance and gives you a crystal clear idea about how important each task is.

Pledge to implement these effective strategies to reduce stress and make your experiences more worthwhile!

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4 Tips for Anyone Trying to Make New Habits Stick

Some time ago I was reading Robin Sharma’s books, and I felt like I needed some change in my life. I then took up the habit of getting up early every day (around 5 am), to meditate, write, and exercise.

When I started this new habit, it felt amazing. I was proud of myself—I was doing it!

On top of the satisfaction, I really felt the benefit of being productive before everyone wakes up. It had a very positive effect on my life. I was upbeat, motivated, and I was doing things with a spring in my step.

It was amazing, for about two months. But then, normal life happened. I had been to bed later for some nights — parties with friends, watching a movie, etc — and tiredness, coupled with maybe the weariness of the new habits, quickly took over.

One morning, I did not jump out of bed and I was longing to roll over instead of starting my “productive morning.”


If you are a human being like me, I am sure you are very familiar with taking up new habits, only to give them up two or three weeks or months later.  We’ve all been there, right? Making promises to go to the gym three times a week, stop eating junk food, or stop drinking alcohol altogether?

We take up new habits, only to let them die away after a few weeks.

Have you noticed how different the feeling is between when you start and when you give up?

There’s indeed a very negative effect on your life, having a little voice in your head constantly reminding you that you have failed this or that.

You don’t have to beat yourself up for dropping new healthy habits. You’re not the only one out there; we’re all doing it (or not doing it). But don’t lose hope just yet!

I used to be very annoyed with myself when I stopped the new routine, as it gave me the feeling that my goal had not been achieved.

However, unless you are in a life-threatening situation and seriously need to change your lifestyle, I think that we need to take a different perspective on things.

Here are few practices that can help you sustain the habits you’ve been trying to cultivate – check them!

1. Don’t go wild with changes.

The most important part of building a new habit is setting attainable goals and staying consistent. It doesn’t matter how well you perform daily. Sustained effort is what makes the real difference.

For that reason, when you start a new habit it should be so easy that you can’t say no to it.

– Want to build an exercise habit? Pick some you can do even at home, for 7 minutes;
Want to increase your vocabulary? Learn three words a day;
– Want to create a healthy eating habit? Limit eating jun, don’t cut it at once;
– Want to read a new book? Have a goal of 4 pages per day.

It doesn’t matter if you start small because there will be plenty of time to pick up the intensity later. In the end, it’s about starting somewhere. 🙂

2. Reflect on what you have learned or gained, even if the habit has stopped.

Part of the reason we give up is that we put ourselves under pressure to make things happen quickly. We try to make grand, sweeping changes in our lives and expecting overnight change.

If this doesn’t happen we soon become discouraged and quit. We lose sight of any and all progress we’ve made towards our goals.


Stop and reflect back on how far you’ve come since you started the habit. Maybe you practiced eating healthy for 3 months and left. But in those 3 months, your body benefitted with it and so did your life.

Stopping doesn’t mean you have failed. You can always get back up and try again.

3. Develop a plan

Dan John, a popular strength and conditioning coach, often tells his athletes:You’re not good enough to be disappointed.”

The same is true when you build a new habit. What were you expecting? To succeed without failing from the very beginning? To be perfect even when people who have been doing this for years make mistakes on a regular basis?

Address the root cause of what’s stopping you. Once you understand it completely make a plan on how you’re going to overcome it.

Here are a few tips you can use:

– Set proper time limits;
– Forget about performance and focus on growing;
– Make this your new motto: “never miss twice.”

The “never miss twice” motto is quite useful when you actually practice it. Maybe you’ll miss one workout, but you’re not going to miss two in a row. Maybe you’ll eat an entire pizza, but follow it up with a healthy meal.

4. Reward yourself

If you really aren’t good at making it to the gym every time you really, really, really want to, you might have to bribe yourself.

Transfer 5 bucks to your savings or Paytm account every time you do what you were trying to do-  or just put money in a jar. You’re not making any money, but you’ll have some savings to reward yourself later on.

There are no tricks, hacks, or ninja secrets to making it work.

These practices are incredibly simple and that’s exactly why they’re so powerful. We can set some rules for us or have no rules at all. The choice is ours. But it’s so simple, that if we commit to it, we can make it happen.

Simple doesn’t mean easy, these practices still take work. And that’s a good thing, as our goals will be all the sweeter if we’ve applied ourselves along the way.

Stay consistent and you may get surprised by where it takes you. 🙂

Let us know in the comments section below how your new habits are coming along for you.

To read next: 4 Time Management tips to boost your productivity.

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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.