You’re an expert in your field and you have limited resources and a limited budget. One day, you get a phone call or email from a National TV show asking if you want to do a live appearance on their show. Although your excited, you wonder if you have what it takes to be on a show that will be seen by millions around the country. You start to doubt yourself and fear takes over. What do you do?
Here are 7 tips on how to manage your fear and anxiety of going on National TV.
1. Establish Some Goals. Many people who have a chance to go on National TV deal with the fear of what might happen. Sometimes their stress and anxiety becomes so great, that some people decide at the last minute not to go on the show. To prevent your fears from taking over, you should write down a list of reasons of why you want to be on TV. Having a sense of purpose of going on TV can be used as motivation in overcoming your fears and anxieties.
2.Use Self-Visualization. Many experts who go on TV get anxious before going on the air. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the event in your mind. For instance, you have to do a live show in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself doing the event in your mind. By doing this, you will be better prepared when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of an upcoming situation or event.
3. Focus on Positive Statements. Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel anxious, open up your small notebook and read those statements before you go on the show.
4. Take It Easy. Sometimes we get stressed out a few days before the big event. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will help relieve some of your nerves.
5. Don’t Predict The Future. Nobody can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your manager tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember that it is impossible to predict the future with 100 % accuracy.
6. Get Some Help. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.
7. Have Fun. Going on National TV is an opportunity that does not happen to a lot of people. Instead of worrying about what might happen, just go with it and enjoy yourself. As long as you do your best and go on TV for the right reasons, the rest will take care of itself.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan’s book is very popular with over 300 book reviews and counting. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/