May 18, 2017

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Dealing With Vocal Nervousness During a Performance

When it comes to singing in front of the crowd, many of us experience stage fright, which usually gets the best of us. We fright getting on stage and facing the audience as if they are all ferocious lions. The body and mind goes into a state of which psychologists call the fight-or-flight response.

However, does fear really have to overtake us? Are there strategies to help us enjoy doing public performances? Luckily, there is! Enrol yourself to professional singing lessons, and follow these tips to manage pre-performance jitters and ensure your song will sound flawlessly as practiced.

1. Prepare Your Vocals

First of all, prepare your voice. Join singing lessons in Singapore to help you train and prepare vocally. Through singing classes, you’ll be able to build a strong vocal foundation to meet the vocal demands of your performance. Strengthen your vocal chords in a healthy way through repetition of techniques and exercises assigned to you by your vocal lesson teacher in Singapore.

2. Change Your Mindset

Your mind setting has to do with eliminating the anxious thoughts you have, whether it is about your life, what people think of you or how you will sound during a performance. What’s in your head will either cause you to panic or get it together, and that all begins before you even get up on stage. Instead of thinking of performing and doing good to impress the crowd, remember what it was like to sing when you were a child. Did you care what people thought of you? Most probably, you didn’t. Get that same mindset. Remember that you got vocal lesson for this, so you know you’re covered. Care less about what people think and get rid of the negative thoughts that could be driving the anxiety in you.

3. Practice In Front of an Audience

It helps a lot to practice in front of an audience, whether it’s your family, friends or even strangers. Start off by having your best friend as your audience, and gradually increase your crowd over time. You can even start singing in a karaoke room, and move to a karaoke hall for a larger crowd. During singing lessons at you should take the opportunity to sing in front of your classmates or do your best during recitals. These exercises will help build up your confidence and makes performing in front of the people feels like a regular habit, so that it becomes less frightening on the big day.

4. Perform Bigger Than Planned
Most performers in Singapore who feel anxious on stage lose dynamism physically and mentally. If you have the tendency to freeze because of nervousness, prepare to perform more dynamically than intended. If you practice with “bigger” actions, you can afford to lose a bit on the actual performance. Sing louder than usual, sway your body more and exaggerate every movement you make during your practice.

5. Psych Yourself Up

Instead of focusing on what could go wrong, boost your positive energy. Like a football team praying together and pumping themselves up before getting into the field, do the same thing before going on stage. Your vocal training instructor has surely taught you some ways to calm the nerves before a performance. Tell yourself something like “I’m ready for this!” or “I got this!” or any pep talk to encourage positivism.

6. Do a Mental Run-Through

Picture your entire performance, from getting on stage to finishing your performance and hearing people’s applause. Imagine everyone watching and listening to you, how you move around the stage and how you respond to the praises. Visualize that things are going exactly as you want. You can also prepare for a performance by getting into meditative state. Sit upright, close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply for a couple of minutes before getting on stage.

7. Make Fun of the Audience In Your Mind

Perhaps, you’ve heard from your singing lessons instructor to think funny thoughts to help reduce stage-fright. One way to do this is to make fun of the crowd in your head to make it less daunting to sing n front of them. Imagine their heads as watermelons, and think of how hilarious it would be to have a crowd of watermelons watching you sing. You can even imagine them naked. That would make them feel more nervous than you, and that would surely take away a huge amount of jitter from you.

8. Breathe Deeply

During your singing classes, you are taught to breathe deeply or a better sounding voice. In terms of calming down the nerves, breathing deeply encourages you to relax and focus. Practice the breathing exercises that you learned from your vocal trainer in Singapore to keep you relaxed and strengthen your breath support to make you sing better. Being able to sing properly and beautifully will reduce your anxiety even further.

9. Treat the Crowd As Your Friends

We are at our most relaxed state when we are with our closest friends. The same theory applies during performances. You can perform comfortably when you see the judges and the crowd as your friends. When performing treat them as your friends—interact and make eye-to-eye contact with them. You’ll find that it takes off a lot of pressure and makes it easier to leave an impression on them.

10. Perform Anxiety Exercises

One great technique we seldom hear from singing lessons is rehearsing with elevated heart rate. Pump up your heart rate by jogging in place or doing jumping jacks and then practice singing your piece. You may feel like you’re out of breath, but doing this will make you get used to the sensation of singing with your heart pounding. After rehearsing in such way, you’re accustomed to the feeling of nervousness.

When you get the chance to perform in front of the public, do your best to present yourself beautifully and remember to enjoy the process. Get a professional vocal training and trust your new learning. Take it all in and let go. Before you know it, your performance is over and you might even wish to do more.

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Apr 24, 2015

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5 Habits That You Should Ditch Within the Year  

Certain habits have the tendency to weigh us down, from constantly worrying about the things that are out of our control to checking our emails and social media accounts every now and then. Nonetheless, it’s never too late to approach the remaining months of 2015 with a new mind set. You can start it by simply breaking the following habits.


  1. Being a slave to technology

About 58 million social media users check on their social media accounts every time they get a chance to do so. Although it’s important to check your email every now and then, as well as keeping up with your friends, constantly treating each free moment as an Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter check-in opportunity only eats up the valuable time that you could’ve spent doing something more worthwhile. If you’re feeling the urge to connect with your family and friends? Pick up your phone and call them.

  1. Saying “Yes” to everyone and everything

It’s tempting to be the person that everyone can count on, especially when they’re in a pinch. A person who will always be there regardless of the situation. Still, this habit has to stop. Figure out the reason why you’re always accommodating the favours that are asked from you. Do you always say ‘yes’ out of the fear of appearing rude? Learn to say no when the favour they’re asking are too uncomfortable for you. A gentle excuse like, “Sorry, now is not really a good time for me,” will surely make them understand, as well as a simple, and straightforward, “No, I can’t”.


  1. Cyber stalking

This is one the temptations that is as hard to resist as eating a whole batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. However, stalking your ex on Facebook won’t put a smile on your face. Other than being unconducive, this habit might even trigger depression. So stop cyber stalking your ex, or someone you hate, as this isn’t worth spending your time and effort on.

  1. Skimping on sleep

Later in life, you’ll realize that quality sleep is one of the most valuable commodities. You’ll eventually regret texting your best friend, or surfing the Internet an hour before going to bed. Other factors like drinking caffeinated drinks, or exercising later in the day can also contribute in messing up your sleeping time. So start cutting down your problematic bedtime habits, and enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

  1. Procrastinating

Derailing your efforts at home and at work are quite easy if you’re a chronic procrastinator. You’ve been used to procrastinating as it has already become a part of your life. Luckily, this habit can be reversed with the help of some small changes. Fight your procrastinator tendencies by coming up with a to-do list, or setting a timer as you complete your tasks at work. Just choose a method that works best for you and stick with that method.

Making 2015 a happier and healthier for you is actually easy. Start it by ditching the aforementioned habits and see how good this year will be for you.


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Apr 7, 2014

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The Secret of Successful People

There is a big difference between successful people and unsuccessful one. Here in Singapore, there are many successful people. Every Singaporean wants to be successful but they do not know that there is a secret behind it. You do not just get rich and successful right away. You have to work for it. Do not leave everything to fate.


Here are some secrets of successful people:

  • Successful people welcome change. There is nothing constant in this world. Change is a must. If you cannot deal with change, you will be forever stuck in your position afraid and anticipating. Welcoming change is hard and it can be frightening but you have to do that and adapt.
  • Successful people discuss about ideas. Successful people talk about ideas to make their lives (or their companies) better. You will not hear them waste time talking about other people and gossiping.Man in home office using computer and smiling
  • Successful people accept responsibility. There will come a time that even successful people fail. Successful people deal with failures by accepting their mistakes. These people accept responsibility no matter the cost.
  • Successful people give praise to others. Unsuccessful people only think about their selves. They do not think about other people and when it is time to give praise, it is hard for them to do that. Successful people are the opposite. They are not afraid to praise others especially if they deserve it.
  • Successful people want other people to succeed. Successful people want to share their success to others. They will inspire and tell their stories and even their secrets. Unsuccessful people secretly hope that other people will fail so they can be successful.
  • Successful people share information and data. Successful people share information and data especially if it is helpful in the company’s direction. Unsuccessful people hoard information and data and use it when the time is right.the_characteristics_of_a_successful_entrepreneur

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