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Too Embarrassed

Too Embarrassed
I'm too embarrassed to sing a song in front of my class. I say that I will sing a song, but I don't. What should I do?

Reply from the Highlights Editors
Many people feel embarrassed when they have to speak or sing in front of a group. It is not unusual to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable.

If you would like to overcome this fear, you might want to practice singing in front of other groups, such as your family, friends, or church. The more you practice singing in front of others, the more comfortable you can become.

You might want to ask your teacher for some suggestions. He or she may have some ideas to make you feel more comfortable while you sing in front of a group. For example, some performers look over the top of the audience members' heads to the back of the room while they sing or speak. These performers are more comfortable because they are not looking into the eyes of the audience members.

If you continue to feel embarrassed, that's OK. You need to accept yourself for who you are. Remind yourself of the strengths you have. Even if you are a great singer, you may need to develop some more confidence in your ability until you can perform in front of others. Be patient, and stick with the singing if you enjoy it.

We hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The Highlights Editors