Public Performance Comfort, Competence and Confidence

Coaching and Counselling

For Public Performance Comfort, Competence and Confidence:

Including: Acting auditions, stage fright, job interview nerves; academic exams; and presentation anxiety in college or work contexts   

With Renata Taylor-Byrne, Psychological Lifestyle Coach/Counsellor

Update: 16th March 2020: For the duration of the Corona-virus (COVID-19) crisis, I will be available for Telephone Counselling only. I will not be available for face-to-face counselling

I will be addressing my normal range of problems and issues, and, in addition, I will be happy to help you with any health anxiety you might be feeling.


Nata-Lifestyle-coach8Anxiety and panic are dreadful experiences, which can destroy personal happiness and blight careers.  Some of the symptoms include: Cold sweats, pain, and nausea…physical hurt and mental anguish.

These are some of the symptoms actors can experience when they are about to perform in public, as a group of them told Dr Linda Brennan when she was researching her book – ‘Stage Fright in the Actor’ – which is shortly going to be published. (See The Observer newspaper of 1st March, 2020, page 9).

Did you know that Laurence Olivier, one of the most accomplished of British actors, suffered from experiences of stage fright for years, which drained his energy and negatively affected his experience of working on stage?

But it isn’t just actors who can be very apprehensive about performing in front of others. This can affect anybody who has to attend a job interview, or audition for a singing, musical or comedy role; or make presentations as part of their job; or face a public examination. They may experience the same kinds of feelings of anxiety and panic – and sometimes sheer terror.

Barbara Streisand, Stage FrightIn these kinds of public performance roles, individuals can feel vulnerable, and worry that their public speaking skills will not be good enough, or that they will be judged badly by others. The problem, of course, is that affected individuals don’t know how to get over their fear of speaking and/or performing in front of others. Sometimes the experiences are so intense that people can feel very seriously unwell, especially if the audience is very physically close to them.


Having been a college lecturer for over 35 years, I know what a challenge it can be, when you are in a public environment, and you are aware that you are most likely being constantly analysed and criticised for your performance.

But I was very fortunate.  I grew up in a home in which my father worked as a voice coach, helping individuals to overcome all kinds of problems of anxiety and self-confidence by using their voices to sing well.  He studied various physical and mental strategies for improving public performances; and I have built upon his knowledge and experience over the subsequent decades.

I have done a lot of research to find out what it is about public performance pressures that cause such a strong response in the human body. As a result of my investigations, and putting my learning into practice, standing in front of large groups got easier and easier throughout my career.



Are you struggling with problems of stage fright, or public performance anxiety of any kind?  If so, then I can help you.

I teach several different strategies for switching off the fight-or-flight response: Strategies that you can quickly learn from me, and then incorporate them into your daily life, to keep yourself confident and grounded, and free from anxiety and worry.

NLP quote, you change, it changesSome of the strategies that I teach work directly on the body; while others address your mental processes.  Together, they have the power to bring your stage fright or public performance anxiety under your conscious control, forever!

I now offer 50 minute coaching sessions for people who are experiencing stage fright, performance anxiety, or feelings of panic.

But what are the results that you can achieve from public performance coaching/counselling?

You will learn to understand the biology and psychology of anxiety and worry. You will feel happier and healthier; more relaxed; and less prone to worry.  You will understand how to control your body and mind for maximum calm and grounding in any public performance situation.

cropped-abc-coaching-counselling-charles-2019.jpgIf you would like my help with public performance anxiety, stage fright, panic, stress or strain, then please call me today:

On 01422 843629,

Or email me at:


See my Schedule of Fees here.***