How To Overcome Your Fear of Live Video

Everyone seems to be using video right now; that is, everyone except for YOU!  The idea of pressing that record button automatically sends you into a frenzy of thoughts and feelings because you're either petrified by the thought of getting on camera to share your message, products or business, or you think "I'm just too busy and don't have the time!'  Whatever your thoughts are, it all boils down to one thing really - FEAR!  Let's deal with that right now, shall we?

It's time to learn how to overcome your fear of live stream video broadcasting, forever!

Some people are natural born communicators, but more often than not, unless you're an actor, newscaster, or an on-air talent, most people don't love the idea of public speaking or appearing on video. If you happen to be in the minority, you can stop reading this right now.

But, if you’re among the majority of people who're suffering with sweaty palms, a racing heart, uncontrolled butterflies, and a million thoughts about how your teeth aren't white enough, what will you talk about, or how much weight you think you've gained — and you’re letting these, or many other thoughts get in the way of your video marketing dreams — then, keep reading.

Here’s the thing: We all get nervous!  Yes, even those who love public speaking and appear so natural on video, you know, the ones who seem like they were born to be on camera?  Yeah, those people, are more often than not, are dealing with a little pre-on camera jitters; some even downright shaking on the inside. Trust me, I still get sweaty palms when I'm about to speak... especially if it's in front of a live audience. But, like many others who deal with similar things, we've just found a way to deal with our fear and make it work for us.

I have great news for you - YOU CAN TOO!

Here are 3 tips to help you overcome your fear of live video...


The first time you do anything, you’re likely to be nervous — especially if it involves a public performance.  Truthfully, of all the strategies that you'll probably learn over time, without doing this one thing, none of those strategies will ever work!  The only way to lessen the fear is to simply do it.  And do it again.  And again. AND again.

This means that not only should you be practicing your webinar, television or video interview, or speech ahead of time, but you should also take to the stage, whether virtual or real, as often as you possibly can.  Don’t pass up any opportunity to appear on video, on podcasts, in a webinar or on the stage.  This is going to require you to step out of your comfort zone and get visible.  Eeek, I know that makes you cringe, but just stick with me.  I promise you'll be equipped with some simple yet impactful tips to get you more comfortable on camera in no time - IF you do the work!


Pull out your DSLR camera, iPhone, Samsung, or iPad, hold the camera facing you, and press record.  Just start talking.  Don't worry about having a script or a perfect backdrop.  Just start recording yourself.  There are only three things you'll need to do this - 1. A video camera.  2. Light (natural is best).  3. Yourself (your words).  You can talk about your day, a hot topic from the news, or your hobby.  The key is to just DO IT!  And, remember this, always - the more you do something, the more you know, and the more you know, the more confident you become.

Do this every day for 2 weeks.

And, if you need or are ready for a place to practice in a judgment-free zone, consider joining a group such as Toastmasters, where you can face your fear of public speaking, and work to reduce your nervousness in front of a live audience.  Or, you can join my Facebook group, the ELLEvate Your Brand Society, here.  You'll have plenty of opportunities to elevate your camera confidence in a nurturing, judgment-free community of savvy women entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals.


Sometimes, we can be our own worst critic, with some of the harshest judgment coming from our own head. Don’t let that voice manipulate or lie to you, though.  Don't allow it to convince you that you don't have a message, or that your story doesn't matter.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  There's really no need to pressure yourself to perform, or more importantly, to be perfect, and there’s certainly no need to berate yourself for all those small mistakes you are sure to make.  Believe me, even the most seasoned, renowned speakers make mistakes - still!  They just keep going because they understand the power of their message and the impact that it will have on their audience.  Your desire to help others must be bigger than your fear of making mistakes.

The best gift you can give yourself is to acknowledge that no one is perfect, be confident that you’re doing your absolute best, and that you’re improving with each and every event — because you most certainly are! Be nice to yourself, and recognize that there really is no need for perfection.


The biggest hurdle you can face is trying to be someone you are not!  You see professional news anchors, actors, online entrepreneurs who are crushing it with video, and others who appear poised and polished on every video clip, and think that’s how you have to appear, or that you'll never be confident enough or good enough.

I'm here to tell you nothing could be further from the truth girlfriend! Your audience just wants to get to know you better, the REAL you, not the person you think you should be.  So, whatever you are, whoever you are, be that person, and be confident that you are enough with your fun-loving, mistake-making, self-forgiving self.   This will resonate so much better with your audience, and quickly build that know, like, love, and trust factor that will help to build your loyal, supportive community, and help to elevate your brand & business as a result.

Are you still feeling overwhelmed with the idea of using live stream video for your personal brand and business, wondering what your brand story is, and how to use it, leveraging video, and connect with your audience?  No worries, I've got you covered lovely.  Here's the EXACT brand story guide I use both for my clients, and myself whenever I'm feeling stuck and need reconnect with my story and how it applies to my brand, business and audience!



Jessica Freeman