If you truly have a horror of public speaking, use this trick from pop singer Beyoncé Knowles:
“I become someone else when I’m onstage,” says the diva, who calls her stage persona “Sasha.” Knowles keeps this persona separate from her true self, who comes across as modest and eager to please.
“I wouldn’t like Sasha if I met her offstage,” she says. “She’s too aggressive, too strong, too sassy, too sexy! What I feel onstage I don’t feel anywhere else. It’s an out-of-body experience.”
Lesson: While we don’t advocate cultivating multiple personalities, we do like this power tool from a leader of the pop charts.
—Adapted from “That person onstage isn’t me,” Dotson Rader, Parade.