There is nothing more nerve-racking than seeing that blinking red light that’s letting your know a recording is in progress!
Am I right?! 😬
I started making videos years ago as a direct sales consultant who did 100% of my parties online. I wanted to demonstrate the products I loved so much and transfer my excitement for cleaning supplies to the women on the other side of the screen.
(Scroll to the bottom of the post to find out exactly how comfortable I got!)
Here are a few things I learned to do that really helped!
1 – Look directly at the camera and not at yourself on the screen
This will allow you to make “eye contact” with the viewer and builds the Know, Like, and Trust between you and a potential customer or client.
2 – Smile and use intonation when you speak.
Ironically, many people get so nervous that they repress the ebb and flow of their voices. No one wants to watch a video where you look like you are miserable and sound like the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
3 – Keep notes or an outline handy.
This helps you from being overly stressed about remembering everything you want to say.
PRO TIP: When you need to look down, finish a complete sentence, pause, glance down, look up, pause, smile, and start talking again. Then simply clip this section out when you edit your video.
*If you are doing a Live video, use a sticky note next to your phone/camera. It’s okay to glance at it from time to time, no one will care! Just don’t read off it the entire time.
4 – Finally, the BEST tip is to practice what you want to say in front of the mirror.
Will feel stupid and even more awkward at first? Yes! But you will get a much better idea of what your audience is seeing and it will make you more aware of your bad habits
(And if you are worried your family will hear you, shut your bathroom door and turn your fan on to help muffle the sound 😂)
So just how comfortable did I eventually get on camera?
It took some time and a LOT of practice, but I actually got to the point where I was comfortable enough to go Live on FB while sitting on my toilet (lid closed, I wasn’t using it!), wearing a crown (cuz I was the “Mean Green Cleaning Queen) while talking all about how I loved my toilet brush.
Yup, I seriously did that. 😂
You may not be quite that crazy, but you can still benefit from these tips to look comfortable on camera even if you’re not.
I would love to know which one is the most helpful to you so comment on this post and let me know!!