It’s Holiday Season and everywhere you look there are tempting treats and sweets. If you are speaking, or presenting on camera you may want to be aware of the hazards of the holidays; I’m not just talking about the extra 600 calories extra per day that most of us will have from Thanksgiving to New Years ( Yikes!), I am referring to the ingredients to avoid that could weaken your voice, or increase your nerves!
It’s a wonderful time to celebrate and enjoy festive food, but leave about 48 hours between indulgence in these items and any speaking or media engagement:
- Sugar is almost unavoidable this time of year, pretty cookies, cakes and sweet drinks, but too much can cause a sore throat, and cause you to strain your voice. You’ll want to keep your voice strong. Keep sweets to a reasonable amount and drinks lots of h2o! Bonus, sugar can increase inflammation in the body, so by keeping sugar intake under control for the season, you’ll stand a better chance of fighting off a winter cold!
- Alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar as well, and even if you avoid the heavy nog and just go for wine, realize that even the best cabernet can effect your throat the next day!
- Salt intake over the holidays can increase exponentially simply by grabbing a handful of fancy nuts here, and a few bites of cheese there.. olives and pretzels and before you know it, you’re waking up with puffy eyes due to water retention. To stay looking your best, eat before you hit the cocktail party, so those little weenies in croissants are not so tempting! A bonus, it’s not as awkward to meet someone when you have a hand free of food to shake!
- Dairy products can cause mucus build up in the throat. To avoid having to clear your throat repeatedly, best to be cautious of the whipped cream, butter, and cheesecake!
- If you have overindulged or cut yourself too short on sleep during the party season, it might be tempting to increase your caffeine intake. Be careful! If you have any nervousness about your presentation or interview, then extra caffeine can increase your shakiness; worse yet, it can cause you to lose focus. Just the opposite of what you want! Better way to raise your energy level before stepping on stage.. quick jumping jacks!
Remember, 48 hour clearance from indulgence to performance should keep you safe. The rest of the time, enjoy a few treats, have a fancy cocktail and celebrate the season!
Sandra has been coaching entertainment reporters and television hosts for many years, and she founded Charisma on Camera to expand her clientele to professionals in any field. Her current clients include authors, life coaches, experts in their fields that want to find their star qualities, confidence, and comfort level to establish themselves as an expert guest, successful speaker or host their own show. For more tips and info go to www.charismaoncamera.com