Managing pre-event nerves with solution-focused hypnotherapy

If you've ever experienced the jittery, anxious feelings that come before a significant event, you're not alone. Whether it's a public speaking engagement, a sporting event, or a job interview, pre-event nerves can be overwhelming and impact your performance. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage these nerves, and one powerful approach is Solution-focused hypnotherapy (SFH).


Understanding pre-event nerves

Pre-event nerves are a natural response to the anticipation of a significant event. These nerves can manifest as sweaty palms, a racing heart, butterflies in the stomach, or a flood of negative thoughts. While some level of nervousness can be beneficial by keeping us alert and focused, excessive anxiety can hinder our performance and diminish our enjoyment of the experience.

What is solution-focused hypnotherapy?

Solution-focused hypnotherapy is a modern therapeutic approach that combines the principles of solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), CBT, NLP and positive psychology with hypnosis as well as an understanding of neuroscience and physiology. Unlike traditional treatment, which may delve deeply into past experiences and traumas, SFH is present and future-oriented, focusing on finding solutions and achieving goals.

Key elements of solution-focused hypnotherapy for public-speaking

Goal setting - SFH begins with identifying your specific goals and desired outcomes. For pre-event nerves, this could be feeling calm, prepared and better able to manage anxiety.

Positive visualisation - hypnosis is used to guide you into a relaxed state, where positive visualisation, mental rehearsal and positive suggestions can be more effectively integrated into your subconscious mind.

Tapping into your resources - SFH helps you tap into your inner resources, skills and strengths, reinforcing your ability to handle the upcoming event aligned with your goals.

Building on success - by focusing on past successes and positive experiences, SFH can help to build a foundation of confidence and self-belief.

How solution-focused hypnotherapy helps with pre-event nerves

Managing anxiety - through positive reinforcement, relaxation techniques and positive visualisation, SFH can help to reduce the physiological and psychological symptoms of anxiety. By learning how to calm your mind and body, you can approach the event with feeling more equipped and empowered.

Enhancing confidence - SFH works on boosting your self-confidence by reinforcing positive beliefs and visualising successful outcomes. When you see yourself performing well, and managing anxiety in your mind, you are more likely to replicate that performance in reality.

Improving focus - hypnotherapy can help you manage distractions and negative thinking, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand. This improved focus can lead to better preparation and delivery during the event.

Empowering you with tools - SFH provides you with practical tools and techniques that you can use whenever you feel nervous. These might include breathing exercises, positive affirmations, or quick visualisation practices.

Practical tips for using solution-focused hypnotherapy to manage pre-event nerves

Set clear goals - before your Hypnotherapy session, take some time to think about your goals. What specific outcome do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel during and after the event?

Practice visualisation - spend a few minutes each day visualising yourself performing successfully. Imagine every detail - how you look, feel, and act. Make the visualisation as vivid and positive as possible. This is powerful and only takes a few minutes.

Use affirmations - develop a set of positive affirmations that resonate with you. Repeat these affirmations regularly, especially when you start to feel nervous. For example, "I am confident and capable," or "I am well-prepared and relaxed," or "I can still do my best and feel vulnerable."

Engage in relaxation techniques - learn and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided meditation. These can help calm your mind and reduce physical symptoms of anxiety.

Work with a professional hypnotherapist

While self-hypnosis can be effective, collaborating with a professional Hypnotherapist offers tailored guidance and support. They can help you identify specific triggers, help work out what is behind fear and anxiety, and develop personalised strategies to manage your nerves, while also providing positive reinforcement and accountability.


Pre-event nerves don't have to stand in the way of your success. By using solution-focused hypnotherapy, you can learn how to manage anxiety and build confidence, focus, and preparedness.

Through goal setting, positive visualisation, and relaxation techniques, solution-focused hypnotherapy can help to empower you to tackle any event with a calm and confident mindset. Remember, the key to overcoming pre-event nerves is not to eliminate them entirely but to manage them effectively, allowing you to perform at your best.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Annette Sloly, BA (Hons.) DHP DSFH HPD CNHC MNCH
Bristol BS1 & Bath BA1

Annette Sloly is an experienced Senior Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist BA (Hons.) DHP DSFH HPD CNHC MNCH(Reg.) supporting adults online and in person. Over the last 11 years, she has had the pleasure of supporting a range of individuals from all walks of life in the public and private sectors for anxiety, fear and stress related issues.

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