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How to overcome fear of being on video (tips and tricks)

If you’re anything like me then showing your face on camera can be a daunting scary experience. Especially perhaps if you’re expected to actually talk to the camera at the same time and try to seem relaxed.

In this blog I’d like to share with you some useful tips that you can use to increase your confidence on camera and get the ball rolling to create engaging videos that you can use on your blog or youtube channel.

I just finished a 90 day video challenge and so I thought I’d share with you what I learned on my journey, which was a lot, I have to say.

Here we go then…

Tip #1 – Repetition

There’s nothing quite like repeating the same action frequently to create comfort doing it, is there?

Task: Make a short video every day for 90 days. Yep, I said it, every day. 

It doesn’t have to be long. Aim for just 1 or 2 minutes at the beginning while you’re finding your feet.

Even if you don’t feel like it and it’s late and you want to go to bed. Make a little video log talking about your day, or how you feel, or anything you like.

Making lots of videos will encourage you to finally relax in front of the camera – you can’t stay tense forever, can you? You will get used to talking into the camera and will gradually relax.

Sharing your videos is a good idea if you can, but if you don’t feel ready for that then wait until you have more confidence. However, that said, showing your video to others that understand that you are practising to improve and overcome your nervousness on camera will most likely encourage you, and give you a boost when you get some likes.

Personally, when I did this challenge I posted them onto YouTube (see here) as well as in a private facebook 90 day video challenge group as part of the online marketing training that I’m following. Click on this link to find out more.

Practice makes perfect, so practice, practice, practice.

Tip 2 – Talk To The Lens

Imagine you are talking to someone who is looking at your left ear every time they speak to you. It would be strange, wouldn’t it? 

Well the same applies on camera. You need to look at the lens so that it looks like you’re looking into the viewer’s eyes when you are speaking to them.

Take time to locate the lens on your phone or camera so that if you look away you easily know where exactly you need to look back to reconnect. Generally speaking though, it’s better to maintain eye contact as much as possible.

Tip 3 – The Camera Is Your Friend

To come across as more natural and personable treat the camera as if it’s your friend.

If it helps then you can even put a photo of someone you feel confident talking to just behind the lens or just imagine that you are talking to a certain friend or trusted person before you start.

Tip 4 – Try Not To Use A Script

It’s hard to sound natural when you’re reading out loud from a script, so try too avoid it as much as possible.

I recommend that especially when you’re starting out, you talk naturally and openly, and talk from the heart. Be honest and upfront with the viewer.

However, planning what you’re going to talk about is a good idea, and even practising beforehand to hear how the words flow and to pronounce difficult words is useful. Moreso when you want to teach in your video, or maybe give some information that might be hard to remember unless it’s fresh in your head.

But when it comes down to it talking from the heart is always going to come across better.

When you get more comfortable and want to take things to the next level, then you can start practising with scripts or even small reminders to keep you on track. There are many teleprompter apps that you can use like the following:

BIg Vu

Prompt Smart

Teleprompter Pro (available through Microsoft apps)

Tip 5 – Keep The Camera Still!

This is one tip that I found insanely hard to master, and am still practicing. But fidgeting when you’re holding the camera, or walking too enthusiastically without a dampener to smooth it out will make your viewer dizzy.

Investing in a mini tripod with bendy legs like this one will help you to get round this problem.

Tip 6 – Sound Quality

There are a couple of things to be aware of when recording video with regards to the sound. 

If you are outside then the wind may be an issue when it blows into the microphone, and so might be annoying background noise like sirens or machinery from neighbours gardens etc.

Even if you don’t really notice them while you’re recording, the microphone is likely to pick up all these sounds more than you think.

To help improve the sound quality it’s a good idea to get a separate microphone that you can use.

Lavalier Microphone

Or if you want to try a wireless option, this Wireless Lavalier Microphone System is a good option.

Tip 7 – Developing Your Skills – Editing

As you get more advanced with your videos, you might like to start experimenting with using a video editing software. There are many different ones to choose from depending on what you would like to achieve with your videos. Here are a few that I have come across:

Wondershare Filmora

Final Cut Pro (apple only)

Vimeo

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

iMovie (apple only)

Tip 8 – Next Steps

Once you’ve built up a good amount of self-confidence on camera, then it’s time to start making videos that count and think about the content that you want to share with others.

Do you want to teach something, share your story, or create a video series for example?

Create something of value for others. What would others like to know about that you can share with them?

The world is your oyster. Go chase your dreams!

If you’d like to add to my tips then please feel free to comment below and add to the discussion.

Karen Branscombe
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