Most people have a fear of speaking in public. Throw in a big green wall, a bunch of lights and some live television, and its understandable that broadcast meteorologists often deal with nerves when starting out. Its easy to come to terms quickly that this anxiety stems from an irrational fear. We aren’t going to die up there. No large animal is going to come out from the control room and eat us, but the nerves can still be hard to shake, and it is usually the biggest hurdle to get over when trying to become your best on camera. The more comfortable you are, the easier it is to be informative and personable.
The Long Term Fix – There is no magic bullet to reducing anxiety on camera. The ultimate cure is lots and lots of work on camera over time. With each show you get under your belt, you get a little more comfortable on camera. Anything new can be scary. The less new it becomes, the less scary it will be. The reason why you go to a good broadcasting program is to get experience and work these nerves out now, before you head out into the real world. You should be starting the process in the privacy of the classroom and once you are a little more comfortable, graduate to live campus weathercasts. There are things you can do before your show to set yourself up for success during your next weathercast.
- Plan your show. Prepare what you want to cover ahead of time, but instead of trying to memorize, internalize instead. The difference is that instead of learning exact sentences, you are learning the concepts those sentences are based around. The more you know, the easier it will be for those words to make the trip from your brain to your mouth, and you’ll be able to think about other things at the same time.
- Practice ahead of time. You should know the order of your graphics, and how you plan to bridge from graphic to graphic. Click through the order once or twice before the start of the show, so when you see those graphics on-air, you are already pretty comfortable with what you you want to say.