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8 Ways to Overcome Pre-Performance Fright

Stage fright can affect any singer, professional or non-professional. Even big names like Adele, Rihanna, and Madonna have all admitted to experience pre-performance anxiety at some point in their career. However, as the showbiz saying goes “The Show Must Go On”, professional Singapore performers have mastered the techniques to help alleviate the agitation before a major stage performance. Here are some effective ways to overcome stage fright.

1. Avoid Caffeine

Perhaps, you feel like you need a buzz to get you pumped up for a performance. However, caffeinated beverages will cause you to palpitate and make you feel more anxious and agitate. Other than caffeine, salty and sugary foods must also be avoided prior a singing performance.

2. Perform Breathing Exercises

Before going on stage, do breathing exercises. One good breathing technique to do is the Sama Vritti or Equal Breathing. Do so by slowly breathing in for four seconds and out for another for seconds all through the nose. Every inhale and exhale, try to relax and take control of your breathing. The vocal cord training at Millet teaches the practice of focusing on your breathing not only relaxes you, but counting helps take your mind off the anxiety of facing the crowd.

3. Find a Friendly Face

Either have a friend or find a friendly face in the audience. Focus on singing for them as if they are the only person in the room. However, don’t stare only on them, as that would be awkward for the entire audience. Be discreet, look around every once in a while, but have this friendly face to come back to whenever you feel nervous again.

4. Come Prepared

You’re less likely to feel nervous if you come prepared. Rehearse as much as you can and practice singing in front of others if you have the opportunity. However, also bear in mind that mistakes happen. Audience are a lot more forgiving than you think, so just show the people what you’ve got and do your best.

5. Know What Experts Do

Your vocal training Singapore can share some knowledge on how they cope up with stage fright before every performance. Ask about their techniques and exercises to ease anxiety before going on stage. Your trainer will surely be glad to impart some of his/her proven-and-tested techniques to you.

6. Be Positive

One great way to get over pre-performance anxiety is to stay positive. Remind yourself how prepared you are and, thus, you’ll surely do a great job. Project yourself confidently, and the audience will believe in you—and so are you to yourself.

7. Take Care of Yourself

Before the big performance, it’s easy to forget about taking good care of yourself as you spend most of your time training and perfecting your song. You’ll look and feel your best if you eat healthily and have enough rest before your performance. Exercise can help you feel good as well, along with proper nutrition and enough sleep, to keep those stress hormones under control.

8. Practice Proper Singing Technique

One of the benefits of enrolling to a vocal training Singapore is that you will be taught how to sing under pressure. Proper technique is the key to create a clear and smooth voice when feeling nervous. Regular singing lessons, proper breath training and support will all help to feel and sound confident as you sing in front of the crowd—no matter how nervous you’re feeling.

Feeling nervous and agitated before a major performance is normal, but it’s up to you how to deal with it. Master these eight ways to fight pre-performance fright, and you’ll surely feel more relaxed and be able to do your best on-stage.

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5 Ways to Deal with Job Rejection

Being told that you’ve been turned down for a job is never a pleasant experience, especially if you’ve been rejected over and over again. While it can be really frustrating at times, it’s still not enough reason for you to let a failed job application bring down your morale. Cope up with that rejection immediately using the following tips and bring your A game into your next job quest again.

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  1. Accept that being rejected is part of life.

Although it’s easier said than done, the best way to deal with a failed job application is to accept the fact that rejection is part of life. Instead of just giving up, consider your rejection as an experience that you can use in your future job applications. Keep in mind that just because you failed to get this job doesn’t mean that you’ll also get rejected at the next one.

  1. Understand that rejection does not necessarily reflect who you are.

Don’t ever think that you got rejected because you’re not good enough. Remember, even the most qualified candidates experienced being turned down at some point in their life for some inexplicable reasons as well.

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  1. Exercise your frustrations away.

While you may not feel like exercising at the moment, hitting the gym can actually help in making you feel better afterwards. Health experts said that a 20-minute worth of exercise is already enough to release endorphins in your body, helping you manage your stress levels. With this, you’ll be able to immediately clear your head and recharge for the next round of your job application.

  1. Have the contents of your résumé re-evaluated by a professional.

If you’ve been rejected over and over again, then it might be time to have your résumé re-evaluated. Perhaps it doesn’t look professional enough, or something’s lacking from it. If you’re not confident with your own re-evaluation, you can have it checked by a professional as they have more idea as to what an employee is looking for.

  1. Don’t forget to say ‘Thank You’.

You may feel miserable right now, but don’t forget to send a gracious thank you note to your prospective employer since they still spent some time reading through your résumé and interviewing you. Also, who knows? A good opportunity might come up for you with the same company in the future.

Although getting rejected in a job can be really depressing, you shouldn’t spend so much time giving in to the depression and wallowing in self-pity. Instead, see the rejection as a chance to improve yourself for your future job applications.

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Starting Salaries for Fresh Graduates

Every year, thousands of graduates flood the industry to look for a job. Here in Singapore, fresh graduates will see small rise in their starting salary. This is good news for graduates this year. This is revealed by Hay Group, a management firm, on August 26, 2014.

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Hay Group recently concluded its annual pay survey. The group presented the average monthly starting salaries for fresh graduates. Here are the starting salaries for fresh graduates:

  • Second upper honours: For fresh graduates who garnered second upper honours, they should expect S$2,939 per month. This is 1.6% higher compared in 2013.
  • Second lower honours: For fresh graduates who garnered second lower honours, they should expect S$2,852 per month. This is 2% higher compared in 2013.
  • Without honours: For fresh graduates without honours, they can expect S$2,741 per month. This is 2% higher compared in 2013.

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You should know that the top-paying sector is in the field of engineering. Engineering offers regular pay of S$2,888 per month. Engineering is followed by Legal (with S$2,856), Information Technology (with S$2,816), Project Management (with S$2,813), Production (with S$2,767), Finance and Accounting (with S$2,765), Corporate Affairs (with S$2,755), Property Management (with S$2,750), Research and Development (with S$2,738), Quality Assurance (with S$2,708), Logistics/Supply Chain (with S$2,703), Health and Environment (with S$2,694), Human Resources (with S$2,689), Marketing (with S$2,685), Administration/Support/Service (with S$2,685), Product Development (with S$2,677), Sales (with S$2,658), Customer Service (with S$2,637), Management Trainee (with S$2,605) and Call Centre (with S$2,602).

Additionally, according to the survey conducted by Hay Group, 1 out of 5 employers put a monthly premium (of S$214) for university graduates. This will surely inspire the fresh graduates.

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Body Language to Avoid at Work

You should know that what you act will reflect how you feel or think about something. This is called body language. Body language may be subtle or unnoticeable but if you look deeper, it will reveal a lot of things unsaid. It is important that you know several body languages so you will know how to interpret it or you will understand it.

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In this case, you should be familiar of body languages that you should avoid at work. It might suggest different things to your employer or co-workers. Here are some body languages that you need to avoid at work:

  • Crossed arms: Crossing arms will make you look defensive. The best thing to do is put your arms on your sides especially when answering questions.
  • Leaning forward: If you lean forward when someone is talking to you, you appear aggressive. Just pose as you would during ordinary times.
  • Shifting eyes: Establishing eye contact is important. When your eyes meet, do not shift it too soon. It will suggest nervousness or untrustworthiness.

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  • Hands on hips: Refrain from putting your hands on your hips. It is a clear sign of aggressiveness.
  • Stepping back: Do not step back when you encountered decisive moments because it suggests uncertainty or fear. If you are into something and you think you are right, stand your ground with conviction.
  • Nodding too much: Nodding too much is not good. Even if you agree to all the things, you should limit nodding. Once is enough. The other person will understand that you get his/her point.

Now you have ideas. If you see these body languages to others, you now know what they are possibly thinking or feeling.

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How to Pep up Your Office Wear

You still look good despite the stress and the hard work. That is called grace under pressure. How will you look good? You need to observe proper grooming and of course, you need to pep up your office wears. If in this case you are having problems with your office wears (being too common and repetitive), there are many tips that you can consider.

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So, here are some tips on how to pep up your office wears:

  • Tops: Do not look for tops that are body-hugging or tight-fitting. Your skin will feel comfortable if you choose blouses that are flowing.
  • Pants: Like your tops, it is good if you allow your legs to breathe by wearing pants with wide legs. Avoid tight ones.
  • Culottes: Culottes are famous these days. Culottes refer to divided skirts which are perfect garments in summer. Culottes are easy to wear plus it will show your tan. Look for skirts that are not too short though. To help elongate your frame, you can wear heels.

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  • Jackets: Blazers are out. Blazers are too formal and well, boring. Look for jackets that are soft and lighter. Opt for navy, black or grey colours but if you inject bright colours, it will surely lift your look.
  • Dresses: Dresses are your easy pass when you are planning to go out after work. Make sure that it is not too short when you go to your office. It can take you straight to bars too if you know how to reinvent it.

It is a nice feeling knowing that you look good here in Singapore. Your fellow Singaporeans will surely see you as their model. Pep up your office wears now and see the difference. You can shop new things if you like.

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