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How to Quickly Calm Your Nerves Before Speaking on Camera

On camera or public speaking - the best way to shake nervousness is to get your whole body into it

An important part of on camera preparation is managing nervous energy. After all, speaking on camera can be a nerve-wracking experience! It shows physically:

  • Shaking hands

  • Rapid blinking

  • Clenched teeth or a tight jaw

  • Stiffness

  • Jerky movements

  • Broken or halted speech

But it doesn't have to! Calm those nerves with a few simple exercises and relaxation techniques that take only a few minutes of your time.

Here are some of my faves.

Nervousness isn’t something that we can easily hide from other people. It’s in our body language, which studies point out is the first thing we pick up when meeting someone.



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Laura's Quick Tips

  1. Your hands hold a lot of nervous energy. Shake them out!

  2. Stretch! Shoulders, legs, and torso.

  3. A little bit of cardio goes a long way to banishing the jitters.

Run through some of these quick exercises after watching the video. If you have physically limitations that prevent you from doing most of them, just try the easier ones that require less movement like the hand and shoulders stress relievers. Chances are you'll feel better and ready to take on the world.

Are you finding these tips useful and want to check out a few more? They're all on YouTube under On Camera Tips for Success.

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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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