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How to: Deal with Blushing


Face Blush by By Gwen5484 and the people from the Tango! project.Are you prone to blushing when you’re nervous or embarrassed?

Some tips to help you deal with it.

It’s completely normal and happens to us all, but it’s more obvious in some people than others. As adrenaline races through your system the blood vessels expand to take more oxygen-rich blood around it, your skin temperature shoots up and the familiar blush begins.

With thinner skin than men, women tend to be more prone to it, and the fairer you are the more obvious it looks.

Then, especially if you’re standing up in front of an audience, you feel self-conscious about what’s happening, get more stressed, go even pinker – and so it goes round and round…

How can you cope with blushing?

Thinking “I have to stop blushing and must never do it again” won’t work!

Ask yourself instead “well … does it actually matter if I do?”

If you act as if it doesn’t matter, maybe even make a relaxed joke about it yourself in advance, you’ll start to feel more confident about it, because plenty of the audience will know exactly how it feels themselves and will be sympathetic.

And did you know blushing is also considered rather attractive!

You can practice deep breathing and relaxation exercises to calm you and make it less likely to happen. Then as you relax into the presentation, you’ll find the blushing diminishes.

A make-up artist’s secret – you can buy green-tinted cream concealer make-up that can help tone down that redness and translucent powder to take down any shine. Try building up your own small make-up kit – all performers, male and female, wear make-up for stage, cameras and lighting, and it’s very useful for public speakers, too.

But if blushing really has become a problem for you, try speaking to your doctor, as there may be an underlying cause. PH

Learn more about dealing with nerves with Speaking Well In Public.

Related: The Elevator Speech

Image credit: Face Blush icon by Gwen5484 and the people from the Tango! project. (The Tango! Desktop Project (derivative work).) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons.

About Philippa Hammond

Speaking Well In Public offers a portfolio of public speaking courses for business, performance and social occasions designed and developed by Philippa Hammond, combining her skills and techniques as an award-winning trainer, working actor and voice artist. Philippa is a member of Equity and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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4 thoughts on “How to: Deal with Blushing

  1. Just what we all need time for.

    Posted by Fy Caj | January 11, 2013, 2:56 pm
  2. quite interesting blog. thanks for posting.

    Posted by Cliff A | January 11, 2013, 4:03 pm
  3. helpful! i love reading your articles, thanks for all.

    Posted by clarissa flausino | January 11, 2013, 6:56 pm

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