A few months ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Alex Delgado’s show, Central Valley Today, as well as appearing on KSEE 24 live action news (which I might add I had to get up pretty early for). Now looking back on those experiences, even if I was a little nervous about them, they were a great opportunity to get some practice in for public speaking and to get over my camera shyness.
I learned a way to calm yourself down if you are nervous and about to go live is to smile at the camera and take really deep breaths: in through the nose, out through the mouth.
In order to practice for public speaking, I would suggest making a list of talking points or note cards if you are preparing a speech. This will help you to keep your mind focused and on topic, as well as getting you to retain the information and know it thoroughly. I have also learned that practicing in front of people you are comfortable with, like your friends and family, helps you be more relaxed on camera. One thing to be careful of while you are on camera is to not fiddle with your hair or with your note cards and keep your attention on the interviewer. I hope these tips were helpful, and good luck on your next public speaking opportunity!
-Written by Girl Scout and contributing writer, Chandler B.