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Episode 31: Looking Nervous vs Feeling Nervous

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Join me on The Kerry Barrett Show as we explore the difference between looking nervous and feeling nervous. As a communication expert, I’ve dedicated years to exploring how style versus substance impacts public speaking. In this episode, we’ll unpack the significance of vocal variety and body language in captivating your audience, and I’ll share strategies for overcoming nervousness and handling mistakes like a pro.


How the 3-dimensional version of YOU builds trust

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Like it or not, you’re living in a digital age dominated by screens, which underscores the power of visual communication. For leaders and content creators alike, being on camera is not just about delivering a message; it’s a powerful tool for building trust and establishing a genuine connection with your audience.

How does presenting yourself on camera engender trust from your audience? 

Check out these six advantages that a strong onscreen presence can afford your business and brand… 


10 Proven Ways to Feel Confident – and Calm! – on Camera

10 Proven Ways to Feel Confident – and Calm! – on Camera

For many of you, just reading that title is enough to start your hands sweating and stomach churning. I’ve been there, which is why I know I can coach you to feel confident and calm on camera, which is crucial in today’s digital world where video communication is increasingly common. 

Before we start working together, let me take you through a few common, yet proven, strategies that will help you boost your confidence on camera. 


Is fear keeping you from speaking on video? Three easy Ways To Practice

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Fear of speaking on camera is one of the most common complaints that I hear! Often it feels insurmountable, but I’m here to promise you that you can overcome this phobia! One of the most important ways to address a fear is by practicing a lot—by confronting your fear in lower-stakes situations, you can start working through it so that when you need to be on camera for important events, you are better prepared. 

In addition, this also helps train your body. When we are afraid, the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in (this is the same thing that triggers fight/flight/freeze responses. When you are in a high stakes situation, your body is anxious and already primed to go into emergency mode. By practicing something that you fear, you literally train your parasympathetic nervous system to understand that the trigger is not actually something it needs to be protecting you from.

At the same time, practicing being on camera can be tough! Here are three tips to help you find ways to practice your on-screen skills:


On-Camera Tips for Introverts

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On-camera time can be extra tough for introverts, even those who don’t think of themselves as being afraid to be on camera. Talking to people on camera can feel very different from face-to-face, which can make it more draining and more stressful. To make things more difficult, work that requires on-camera time is often done by extroverts, so people who find being social less “natural” may already be working extra hard to maintain their social batteries. Here are three tips that will help anyone improve their on-camera performance, but are especially designed for introverts.


Three Quick Tips to Vanquish Cameraphobia

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You know the feeling: your throat is dry, your underarms are sweaty, and your face feels bright red … and here are the cameras to capture your terror on video for all to see!

You’re not alone! Fearing to be caught on video is common. Hating the way you look on video is, if possible, an even more frequent occurrence. For many executives, small business owners, and others, video is a fact of life, and one that they’ve resigned themselves to hating.

But would it surprise you to learn that many people who look calm & composed, engaging & energetic on camera also struggle with these fears? Believe it or not, you can overcome the fear of being on video. Unfortunately, it’s not always a quick and easy process, but it is quick and easy to get started! Here are three tips to help you start to learn to love being in front of the camera.