Right before going on the stage, make sure that you talk to yourself. Talking to yourself gives you the courage to handle things in the most perfect way possible. Only you know what you are going through. Talk to yourself and calm yourself down inside your head. There is a bound to be a lot going on in your mind and only you can talk it out.
When you go on the stage, just be confident and interact with the audience. Once you are able to click with them, you will be able to feel comfortable on the stage. Moreover, your voice might be a little shaky as soon as you walk out in front of the crowd. In order to remove that little fear that you have inside, you must talk to the crowd and make them believe that you are just one of them. Cracking a joke in this case, at times, is a good idea. However, a bad joke may ruin everything for you. Talking about a few experiences, or how you have managed to become a singer - all this helps you settle down inside your mind.
Once you grab the microphone, you don’t really have to start singing. The microphone is not only meant for people to sing into. While talking to the crowd, make sure that the sound system is good enough. At times the microphone makes a lot of noise and there are other distortions coming from the speakers and amplifiers around you. Therefore, the microphone, at this point in time, can be used to check the sound system’s quality.
Lastly, when you start singing, don’t stare into anyone’s eyes. That will scare you, or might even make you laugh. You don’t want to ruin your performance in front of a crowd only because of a single person. Therefore, keep looking forward. Look at the crowd but not anyone in particular. However, if you know someone in the crowd and feel comfortable about singing in front of them, you can use them as a tool and not move your eyes elsewhere.