If you’re anything like me, being confident on video is difficult and sometimes overwhelming. But Facebook Live, YouTube videos, Instagram Stories — It’s ALL about video.
Being in front of a camera can be intimidating at first, but with the right amount of skills and practice, you will not only look natural, but you’ll also connect with your audience in a big way.
Here are my top seven tips for getting comfortable in front of a camera.
1. Talk to yourself (even if you feel that you look crazy!)
In the car, in the shower, while at home, maybe even at the grocery store, pick a topic and just talk. The more you get used to hearing yourself speak (without interruption or input), the easier and more natural it will feel when it comes time to record your video.
2. Practice makes perfect.
Practice really does make perfect. Set your camera up, and start recording.
You can practice with a script or simply have a conversation. Just start talking!
Watch the video after and look for things to improve upon, such as body language and expression. These are easy fixes that go a long way.
3. Find a comfortable place.
Finding a comfortable place to film in can make all the difference. Pick a space that you spend a lot of time in and that makes you feel at ease.
You’ll want to make sure that this space has good lighting and sound.
4. Make a script.
Having a script can help you organize your thoughts and stay on the right track.
You do not have to strictly adhere to the script, just let it guide you. Have fun and act natural.
5. Wear your confidence.
Wear your fave outfit, or something that makes you feel good about yourself. Do your hair, makeup…whatever makes you feel good, happy and confident. Confidence is key, as it helps people understand and trust what you’re talking about.
6. It is all about the content.
We all get worried about how we look, but the people tuning in want to hear what you have to say. Their primary concern isn’t what you look like; rather, it’s the information and knowledge you have to share. Focus on the great content you are providing.
7. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Being confident on video also shows your humanity!
Nobody expects you to be perfect. You cannot kill it every time and nobody expects you to either.
Being real and authentic will help your audience relate to you. When creating videos you just need to have fun and connect with your audience!
Check out next weeks blog when we go over the different tech and accessories to make a good video. You can watch for it on our social media, or sign up for our newsletter on our website!