Don't Let Camera Shyness Keep You From Your Dream
Yesterday I posted my Indie Business TV interview with Karen Williams of Indie Beauty Network member Pockuts. Before the interview, Karen told me she was terrified of being in front of a camera that was capturing her every move. She was afraid that she would say something incorrectly or just not like the finished product.
I assured Karen that if she pretended like we were the only people in the room, she would forget the cameras were rolling in no time. After the interview, Karen told me that once she started talking about her products and the thought and care that goes into producing them, she began to feel surprisingly at ease. I am so pleased at how Karen pushed through her fear, not only because I got the benefit of sharing her story with you, but also because her courage and tenacity will inspire and encourage other Indie Business owners to overcome their fear of cameras and the media in general.
Share From Your Heart
Years ago, when I was an attorney at law firms and Fortune 500 companies, the butterflies in my stomach never went away. From the time I rose in the court room to the time I sat down, I was terrified. Early in my career, I was so frightened that at one of my first trials, the judge was kind enough to actually walk me through the first several questions in my direct examination. He knew that my poor performance was due to nerves and not lack of preparation.
In the court room, I was nervous in part because I was speaking about things I had been taught rather than about things I was passionate about and loved to share with others. Today, even though I sometimes get a little nervous, time and space suspend themselves when I share my passion for women who are making their business dreams a reality.
There's really no secret to making the butterflies go away. The best thing to do is to accept that they are there and acknowledge that you are nervous. If you are living out your passion and somone asks you about it, just share from your heart as Karen did and chances are good that the cameras and microphones will quickly fade into obscurity as the things you love most in the world rise to the ocassion.