Even before I began hosting my first radio program when I was 14-years old, I’ve performed in front of audiences. Some, when I could see them from a podium; nightly when I could see them as I played the piano in hotel dining rooms; other times when I knew they were listening to me on their radios but we couldn’t see each other; and, finally when I communicated with the audience through their third eye — the TV camera.
I haven’t had stage fright in years. And a long time ago I learned how to keep those occasion from intimidating me — be prepared. But this remedy doesn’t work for me when I’m appearing on TV.
For me, looking into a camera lens and speaking, whether with or without a Tele-prompter, is surreal. It is every time, and it has been for all of the years. I can’t put my finger on the reason. And I’ve done a lot of TV, too.
Apparently many people who appear on TV feel the same way. And I’m convinced that was the sole reason for the medium inventing the idea of having a person who is off camera and to whom the on-camera speaker is looking at and speaking to.
People need to see the eyes, facial expressions and other reactions of the person they’re speaking to. This method gives them that opportunity.
When you’re interviewed on TV, make sure that the off-camera “audience” is to whom you speak, It will make your presentation far better.
In my life as a salesman, I despise interacting by phone with potential clients. And I think it’s for the same reason that I’m uncomfortable with TV appearances. I need the benefit of the listener’s facial interaction and body language.
So whenever I can, I take the time to drive to see them rather than to call, email or text.
How about you?
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS
DALLAS – PARK CITIES