When it comes to making videos, there's one big hurdle that keeps people away from doing it.
That is feeling like you're not very good on camera.
But I'm here to tell you you are good on camera.
You just have to be yourself.
I know that's easier said than done, but I have seven tips that you need to live by if you want to be good on camera.
I'm going to get into those today.
The first tip is play.
Play around on camera. Talk about something you're really interested in, and only watch it back by yourself. Make note of the little things that work and don't work, and the mannerisms that you like and you dislike.
I guarantee you you'll surprise yourself with how well you come across. Then once you feel comfortable, also show your close friends and family.
They know you best, so they know if you're not really being yourself on camera. They can give you some really valuable feedback to improve your presentation.
The second tip is personalize.
This may sound a little bit crazy, but one of the little tricks that I was taught was to put a photo of somebody that I loved and felt really comfortable with on the camera or on the microphone.
It helps you visualize that you're speaking to just that one person as opposed to just this big audience that's going to be watching your video.
That's a great way to feel a little more comfortable and a little bit more like yourself and having more intimate conversation.
At the end of the day, the goal is for each person in your audience who's watching your video to feel like you're only talking to them.
The third tip is pace.
Whatever your normal pace of talking is, whenever you're on camera, nerves and things can affect it and make you talk a little faster.
In your head, just remind yourself to slow down and to breathe.
The next thing is adding excitement. When you're on camera, and you're talking about something you're passionate about, your audience needs to see that.
Wherever your excitement level's at, add about 10% to that.
Make it seem authentic and genuine. Another great tip is just to smile and be a little more approachable because that smile allows you to sound a little more excited about it and a little bit more happy about what you're talking about.
The fourth tip is to pretend.
I am not saying to copy anybody, but everybody has their favorite people that they watch online or on TV.
Watch them and dissect what they do and what it is you like about their presentation. Make some notes, and try and incorporate that into your own on camera presence.
The fifth tip is pretty simple.
It's passion. If you're not passionate and interested in what you're talking about, it's going to be really hard for your audience to be passionate and interested in what you're saying.
Whether it's the script or the wording or whatever else that's maybe not working or feeling right to you, make it work for you so that you come across as being genuinely interested in the subject matter and not just a talking head.
The sixth tip is pressure.
Take it off your shoulders.
There is no pressure.
When you're filming a video or whatever else, being human is more relatable than anything else.
If you make a mistake that's okay.
You can keep recording as many times as you want, til you're comfortable and you're happy with the end result.
Don't think about how many people are going to watch the video and how much pressure there is to make it perfect.
Think about just being yourself, being passionate about what you're saying, and that will translate more than being a perfect little robot on camera.
The seventh tip is practice, practice, practice.
The best way to get comfortable on camera is to just keep practicing and playing around with it.
There's video now on every platform.
Just play around with it. Get used to hearing yourself and seeing yourself on camera, and I promise you'll see slow and gradual improvements in your comfort level, and you'll start to feel more like yourself on camera.
Being comfortable on camera builds your confidence in so many other ways. Whether that's for speaking engagements or for media appearances. Just have fun with it and practice.
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