Performance Anxiety Got Your Tongue?

Being able to speak with confidence in front of the camera and set aside your performance anxiety isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. Even the most experienced speakers can feel nervous in front of the camera.

What is it about the lens that makes people so uncomfortable?

Whatever the reason, video is quickly becoming a key communication vehicle. You need to overcome your performance anxiety and learn to speak well on camera with confidence if you want to succeed in today’s video-dominated world.

Here are five public speaking tips that will help you perform better on camera.

Get Comfortable Before Speaking On Camera

Any good public speaker will tell you that performance anxiety is worse if you’re physically uncomfortable, and that includes the clothing you choose.

If you want to be comfortable in front of the camera, choose clothing that not only makes you feel good about yourself, but also feels comfortable to wear. The last thing you need to be worrying about is feeling constricted by pants that are too tight or that the person watching can see your sweat stains.

If possible, try to schedule your video meetings or video shoots for a time of day when you feel at your best. If you’re a morning person, that means shooting early in the day. If you’re shooting a video, give yourself plenty of time. Nothing will make you look stressed on camera more than feeling like you’re under the gun. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need.

Other things you can do to help make you feel comfortable speaking on camera include: staying hydrated, speaking about topics you’re passionate about, knowing the script and limiting the number of distractions around you.

Breathe & Relax to Reduce Performance Anxiety

This is easier said than done for a lot of people, but it’ll get easier with practice.

Right before speaking on camera, do something that helps you to relax and feel comfortable. This could be yoga, reading a book or listening to music. When you take some time before you speak on camera to compose yourself and calm your breathing, you’ll find you appear more natural and relaxed on camera. Most importantly, don’t hold your breath!

Learning proper breathing will also make it easier to pace your speaking. A casual and conversational tone is appropriate for your videos; unfortunately, that’s not the way people speak in their everyday conversations, which tend to be much faster.

When you’re speaking on camera, deliberately slow your speech down to enunciate and make your words clear to your listeners. Slowing your speech down will also lessen the chances of stumbling over your words and stuttering.

Mind Your Body Language

Studies suggest only 7 per cent of our judgement is based on verbal communication, which means body language and non-verbal communication plays a huge role in speaking on camera. When you’re suffering from performance anxiety, though, focusing on good body language can be difficult.

Make It A Champion Day!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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