Wouldn’t it be great if you take a magic pill to cure stage fright? You can. If you’re a doctor. I media coached a doctor several years ago who experienced extreme stage fright before TV interviews or before a presentation. He told me he prescribed himself the beta-block propranolol. It’s called a beta blocker because it blocks the flow of adrenaline in your system.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam published findings last year that propranolol reduced anxiety in a test group that was asked to touch and hold baby tarantula spiders. I know. The hair on my neck stands up thinking about that too. Here’s the story on their findings: (click here to read the story)
They found that propranolol reduced anxiety when dealing with spiders. Research seems to indicate similar results with stage fright. Let’s face it when a doctor prescribes something for himself it probably works.
The FDA has not approved the use of propranolol for stage fright, so drug companies can’t market it for that use. If you’re a doctor or you have a good relationship with your doctor, you can obviously find an easy work around.
Why a Drug Isn’t the Ideal Solution
But even if you can take a pill that seems to solve the problem, I don’t think you should. Why? Because the pill only masks the problem, and it actually hurts the solution. Adrenaline is one of the hormones that creates stage fright, but adrenaline is also a hormone that when harnessed and used properly can turn an average presentation into a super performance. We need adrenaline in the front of the room.
A presentation with no adrenaline is a presentation with no energy. Audiences will forgive presenters most anything but boredom. An audience would much prefer a slightly nervous presenter who confesses his or her concerns over a stone cold, emotionless drone.
Adrenaline isn’t the enemy. It’s your ally. You just have to learn how to harness its power.
A Better Solution
You don’t need a magic pill to feel better in front of the room. You need to understand why spiders and stage fright make you feel so freaked out. It’s about adrenaline and other hormones. Once you understand that you can go to work on taking the steps to feel better, more comfortable, and more in control without surrendering your adrenaline.
I explain it all in my free report. Click the graphic below to download it.
Here’s the best part: unlike a propranolol prescription, my suggestions are free. And while I’m not sure if they work with a fear of spiders, I do know they work with stage fright. I’ll let someone else run the tests of putting their hands in a jar with tarantulas. I prefer to conduct my tests in front of the room on two legs, not eight legs.