1) Play a Character
So I'm willing to say that this sounds like a psychological nightmare, and feel free to let me know if you feel the same.
Figure out what character you're playing once you look out at those people before you get to the front of the stage. Whether you want to be cool as a cucumber or you want to let your nerves show in positive excitement, or you feel awkward, anything. Just flaunt it.
2) Beat Them to the Punch
More true facts from Naomi: 20% of all people are haters, and even usually cool folks have a tendency to be dickish when they've had a bad day. Chances are someone is making fun of you right now. So stop giving a f*ck. Haters are already hating. That's what they do. There's no reason to suddenly get worried about them being buttholes when we already know for a fact that those people exist. So just let it go.
2b) Redirect (Bonus Point)
In a worst case scenario, it's nice to have a backup plan in place. So I often make sure I have someone else to blame, even when it's obviously my fault, because I think it's funny to jokingly pretend as much.
Accidentally inhaled water? "Tastes like roofies."
Almost tripped? "I could probably sue, but I won't because I love *insert venue name*"
Forgot what you were gonna say? "Well if
3) Get Uncomfortable
We're talking at least a room full of people? Anyone would be uncomfortable with that many eyes on them, so celebrate it.
There will be times when you're just not funny or your foot wobbles on a cable you didn't see and you almost fall.
In most cases, the only thing that's affected by an awkward moment on stage is our egos.
Whatever the reason you're going on stage, it's probably not worth the stress you're putting into it. There will be times when you're just not funny or your foot wobbles on a cable you didn't see and you almost fall.