So you already know how important it is to be building your influence with online video, but it could be really scary to get on camera and really build and boost the confidence in front of camera to share your message on video.
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 are good on camera. You just have to be yourself.
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So in this post, we’ll show you eight best tips to boost confidence in front of camera for punching fear in the face, punching perfectionism in the face, and pressing record.
So being confident on camera is really hard when you start out. It feels awkward, doesn’t it?
Through these eight tips that we’re gonna go over that are really gonna help you get from not being able to even turn on the camera to being able to go live and do stories and really build their confidence on camera.
1. Think about one person when you speak
I think it’s really important that people get out of their heads, so first tip is one that someone gave to me, and it really made such a difference in how I felt on camera.
That is to instead of thinking about what everyone’s thinking about me and all these people are gonna watch the video, is to think about one person.
So I got the advice that I should literally bring a photo of the person who I am creating this video for.
Just think of one person who you would want to take care of and to tape their photo just below the lens, and now whenever you’re filming, you don’t try to think of all the people who are gonna watch it, You think about just one person.
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.
And it really helps to think of someone who you actually know.
So just narrowing that down to one person can really make an impact, ’cause you can speak to them, just that one person.
And it’s so much more conversational versus you being a presenter or a talking head, it’s just so much easier to relate and to be yourself.
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. This is one of the very effective way to boost confidence in front of camera.
2. Add up some excitement
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 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.
Nobody wants to watch someone on camera who’s Debbie Downer. Remember that.
3. Be Conversational
You have to remember you know your content, and if you don’t you probably shouldn’t be doing a video, and it should be conversational.
It shouldn’t feel forced or rehearsed. You’re gonna stumble over words.
People love that, nobody likes perfect. People like imperfection, so just start with a list of bullets, and then riff.
You know this stuff, you can always edit it down if it doesn’t come out perfect, but perfect isn’t as fun as imperfect anyways.
And People made that mistake. They started using scripts, ’cause they thought that they need to make sure they get all these words in, and then it just felt really unnatural because they were reading rather than just talking, and you can see it too.
And you want to be likable and you can’t, people can’t even know who you are if you’re reading from a script.
4. Play around to get comfortable
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.
Another great way to play around on camera is using apps like Instagram and Snapchat.
With Instagram, you’re live. All you have to do is just turn it on and start talking and interacting with your audience and your community. That’s a great way to get a little bit of practice.
Same with Snapchat. There’s no pressure of editing with Snapchat, so just get used to yourself on camera, used to hearing yourself on camera. Over time, you will improve
5. Shoot when you’re in right mood
Get yourself in the right mood ahead of time. We talked about how, it’s like The Midnight music or just music in general puts me in the right mood.
I also, I have to be relaxed, so I will watch or listen to comedy.
Anytime I’m laughing, I just remember that people are so much more likable when they are relaxed and at ease and they can laugh at themselves.
So comedy or music are two things that I do to get myself in the right mood.
6. Take off the 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, till 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.
7. Maintain normal speed
Don’t go too much fast. Remind myself, just in your head, to slow down a little bit, because not everyone is used to this pace, and it can be a little too much, too fast.
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 slowdown and to breathe.
8. Be genuinely interested and not just a talking head.
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.
9. Practice more
Go with your bullets points, and just start talking about them out loud to someone else so that you get in the habit of realizing, here’s what I want to say, here’s the words I want to use.
And when you have this dialogue with someone else and they’re talking about it, and the camera is usually in the room, it just gets you more relaxed.
It’s almost like a rehearsal run without having to do it on camera. Or just turn the camera on and just riff through it a couple of times, because as you go through it, like your second and third take is always better because you’re more relaxed, you’re more concise. You’re more confident.
Don’t feel like you have to be one and done.
The messiness of video, it really is just conversational.
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.
I used to retake the IG stories 100 times, not 100 but a lot of times because I wanted it to feel perfect, and I think a lot of times when you’re building confidence on camera, it’s like a muscle, right?
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.
You gotta just keep doing it, you gotta keep messing up. You gotta start messy so that over time, you’re just talking to the lens and you know that the other person on that other side of the camera is the person that needs your content.
Mastery is about doing same thing over and over, while keep becoming better at it.
So, here are the nine tips for you to boost confidence in front of camera. If you have tips for getting comfortable on camera, I’d love to hear them.