Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety


If you have landed on this page, chances are you are looking to understand, reduce, or eliminate anxiety from your life, career, or performance.

Maybe you call it “stage fright”, nerves or “bottling it”. But it is something that may be holding you back from being the best you can be in business, sports or music.

Amaze also has a unique proposition for any group, company, or team where anxiety is impacting group performance and results.

What is performance anxiety?

Stage fright or performance anxiety is the anxiety, fear, or persistent phobia which may be aroused in anyone by the requirement to perform in front of an audience, whether actually or potentially (for example, when performing before a camera). In the context of public speaking, this fear is termed glossophobia, one of the most common phobias. Such anxiety may precede or accompany participation in any activity involving public self-presentation ( Sports and music figure heavily here). Quite often, stage fright arises in the mere anticipation of a performance, often a long time ahead. It has numerous ways of letting you know it is around: butterflies, fluttering or pounding heart, tremors in the hands and legs, sweaty hands, diarrhoea, facial nerve tics, dry mouth.

teamThe objectives of this programme are to introduce practical skills, learning, and behavioural changes for anyone who needs to get up in front of an audience (even an audience of one) and to influence, wow, or represent themselves as professionally as they know they could.

The focus is on how you “perform differently” rather than just “know different “.

Areas covered:

  • How to recognise your symptoms
  • Understanding what causes the effect
  • Understanding how much is real and how much is perceived
  • Understanding the strengths you already have to help overcome
  • Practical techniques that can be used in any situation to reduce or eliminate the impact of anxiety
  • Real interventions to allow you to respond positively to a performance
  • Group work to immediately help you raise your performance by reducing performance anxiety. (especially useful in sports teams and music groups)
  • Results always happen within the session


  • Physical symptoms subside before you perform. You feel better.
  • Your message gets through. Greater effectiveness
  • Higher performance within a shorter period. You perform.
  • You understand why you have reacted as you have up until now. You gain control
  • Sustained results long after the programme. Not just a flash in the pan.
  • Practical action to ensure you perform at a higher level from now on. Things go to plan.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of your potential. You raise your game.

Examples of who could benefit

You need to present to clients and influence their decisions.

You are approaching exams ( Leaving cert or college)

You need to present to the board /senior managers and get your point across

You need to appear more confident in front of your audience or staff

You need to perform on the playing pitch but are more anxious about how you will perform

You regularly go on stage but don’t feel sure or comfortable

You thought you were doing fine but the feedback suggests you need to do better.

You want to connect more effectively with the crowd or audience

This programme has delivered real results 100% of the time.

For example, a dance group who regularly compete had always finished in the top three of their section but had never managed to win the top prize. That was until they completed this programme with Amaze. Since August 2011 they have entered nine competitions and WON ALL NINE.

A group of 59 leaving cert students all reported huge improvements in their self-confidence, application, and focus ahead of this year’s state exams.

An Amaze business executive has overcome his anxiety before making a telephone call to recruitment agencies. No more red face, anxious voice, or sweat glands over-active. He has since been called to multiple interviews and considers the programme a total success.

An Amaze drummer reported that his performance at Glastonbury this year on the main stage was the best he had ever played. He felt more in control and more at one with his instrument than he ever had before. Three of his colleagues, having seen the real differences, have since committed to the process with equally compelling outcomes.

                              “Teach others how to think, not what to think”                  Dessie Farrell