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Joe Kowan:
How I beat stage fright

TED@State Street Boston · 8:03 · Filmed Nov 2013
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Joe Kowan: How I beat stage fright
8:03 · Filmed November 2013 at TED@State Street Boston · Subtitles available in 35 languages

Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Musician and graphic designer
By day he's a graphic designer, and by night Joe Kowan is a quirky folk singer-songwriter. Full bio
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