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What To Do With Your Hands When Speaking On Camera

Are you a hand talker? Or do you stiffen up when you're on camera?

Speaking to camera, like any other form of public speaking, can be a scary business. In everyday life, we don't think about what we look like when we're talking. Most of don't worry too much if our hand gestures are too big. Unless, of course, we're knocking something off a table or windmilling our arms when excited. We focus on our message, whatever it is we're trying to communicate, and getting it across to whoever may be listening.

It's a different story when we're the subject of a video and we find ourselves staring down the lens of the camera. We become self-conscious. Uncertain of how to move. Worried about sounding genuine, convincing, and believable. And what the heck are we supposed to do with our hands? We know the camera amplifies every gesture. Are we going to look clownish if we gesture like we normally do?

Let's get you feeling comfortable and natural on camera, so that you feel free to focus 100% on your message. Which is what the video is all about anyways. Here's what to do with your hands when you're on camera for three different types of framed shots:

  1. Head and shoulders

  2. From the waist up

  3. Full body

Knowing how to use your hands will help you relax and become a much more comfortable, natural, and engaging speaker - on camera or in-person before a live audience.

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Laura's Quick Tips

  1. Find out how much of your body will be shown on screen so you know how much of your hands and arms will be seen

  2. Gesture naturally - but remember that small movements can appear much larger on screen

  3. Movement that's not seen on screen still helps you appear comfortable and approachable

The video has specific pointers on how to use your hands for each type of framed shot, as well as those things you'll want to avoid. You'll find them useful for public speaking in general, too. With a little practice, you'll feel more relaxed and confident next time you're in front of the camera. And don't be surprised if your performance is improved. Knowing what to do with our hands releases stress from both our mind and body, freeing us to truly focus on sharing our message.

Love this and want more? Check out 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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