Deciding what you're afraid of is the first big step in conquering stage fright, or performance anxiety. Some common fears include cracking your voice, looking stupid, or being afraid of audience rejection. Make a plan to eliminate the fear by following these tips:

  • Make a practice checklist to make sure you're technically prepared for your performance. Work on your technique so you know you can depend on your voice under pressure.

  • Expect to be nervous and feel adrenaline before a performance.

  • Think positive thoughts.

  • Sing for friends before the big performance to work out the anxiety.