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The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) - Mikael Cho

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Heart racing, palms sweating, labored breathing? No, you’re not having a heart attack -- it’s stage fright! If speaking in public makes you feel like you're fighting for your life, you're not alone. But the better you understand your body's reaction, the more likely you are to overcome it. Mikael Cho advises how to trick your brain and steal the show.

Stretching your arms up and breathing deeply triggers a relaxation response. What are some other things that you could do to feel relaxed?

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  • Educator Mikael Cho
  • Director Robertino Zambrano
  • Artist Francis Solinap
  • Composer Adam Alexander, John Romeo
  • Narrator Mikael Cho

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