“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his sweater already, moms spaghetti, he’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud, he opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out, he’s choking how, everybody’s joking now.” – Eminem
Eminem, one of the best stage performers in the rap game was fearful of performing. In the same way freestyle rap battles scared Eminem’s character Rabbit in the movie 8 Mile, the thought of live stream video sends a chill down my spine that reminds me of 3rd grade book reports.
This got me thinking about all the sales people who could truly benefit from social media selling if they weren’t camera shy. I am determined to think of ways to overcome my stage fright and take that leap into the live streaming social media world and help others who are also afraid.
In my search for freedom, I asked for a little help from my networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. The folks in these groups shared some great tips to help me overcome my fear of live streaming. In this article I will share 5 awesome, out of the box ideas to help you overcome your fear as well.
#1) Acting Classes:
Who would have thought that a sales person could benefit from acting classes? Well guess what? You really could! Acting is a great way to mask some of the fear you have when conducting a periscope. It’s in your mind and how you tell yourself to perceive the situation.
#2) Breathing Exercises:
Whether it’s fear or excitement, they both raise adrenaline. Learning how to control your breathing can help you stay calm. It’s ok to be nervous but don’t let it get out of control.
My personal favorite. I love to get up on stage and sing in front of a crowd and with no hesitation most of the time. It was the first few leaps that were difficult. Once you get the hang of it, your fear decreases.
“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.”
― Ann Voskamp
If you happen to have a small following, it would be the perfect time to practice. Use family and personal friends if possible before inviting professionals, to practice with. This way you can get honest feedback. If your family is anything like mine, they would have no problem criticizing you but in a constructive way of course.
In those days I used to talk to myself as if reciting poetry.”
― Haruki Murakami
#5) Talk to yourself:
Sounds strange doesn’t it? Try standing in front of a mirror and just, talk to yourself. Pay attention to your facial expressions and body language. Once you see your regular behavior, you can determine whether or not you need to iron out any kinks or tweak a few things to get yourself to look and feel comfortable. If you look and feel nervous, it will pour out to your followers, and, believe it or not, make them feel awkward for you.
Eminem’s character in 8 mile was a great example of how one of the best rappers of our time started out fearful. Just like you and I, he wasn’t naturally great at performing on stage. like every great speaker, trainer, athlete, salesperson or rapper, the more we practice the better we’ll perform and the more comfortable we will be. There is a lot of opportunity in this virtual world so don’t let your fear cause you to be left behind.