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4 Steps to Overcome Anxiety About Speaking on Camera ... or In Person

You're not alone. Public speaking - including when it's to the camera - can be a nerve-wracking experience. Time to rein in the anxiety.

Does the idea of talking on camera make you anxious?

Welcome to normal. Talking, presenting, or just addressing a camera lens is innately odd. We’re used to speaking to people, or at least pets, not inanimate objects. Well, unless those objects are called Alexa or Siri or some other AI model name.

Furthermore, speaking on camera for a video is also a form of public speaking, which most people find intimidating and avoid at all cost. If you’re especially uncomfortable with receiving attention, the experience can be quite stressful.

The good news: even the most camera-shy can build their confidence, learn to address the camera lens as if it were a real person, and pull off a professional performance. This video demonstrates four easy-to-follow steps to help you conquer and move past anxiety.

Don’t worry about being perfect! It’s the human quirks and foibles that make you interesting.

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Laura's Quick Tips

1. Before you step in front of the camera, take a minute for a simple breathing exercise to relax your mind and body.

2. Minimize distractions in the recording space.

3. Focus on your message, not on perfection.

4. Talk to your camera as you would a good friend.

If you found this video helpful, check out the others in the YouTube series Top Tips for Busy Execs. Just want a quick sound bite? Practical tips, each in less than a minute, make up the YouTube short video series On Camera Confidence.

Want help developing your on-camera confidence?

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I'm Laura Doman, a former tech industry sales executive, hands-on mom, voice & TV/film actress, and improv performer. I create memorable characters that tell my client's stories, from the friendly CEO touting new upgrades to your sassy best gal pal dispensing some necessary, real-world advice...Let's Talk!


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