[Confidence on Camera: Transcript] Confidence. It’s something that you presume you’ll get more of the older you get, but then you realize that it’s actually something all people of all ages struggle with.
I think of confidence like a muscle. It’s something you need to work on, and by exercising that muscle it gets stronger. So when people ask me how to be more confident in front of the camera and come across well, the number one strategy I can recommend is to do more of it.
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On top of that, here are three additional techniques that should help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
First, determine the format that makes you the most comfortable. For some they may only want to get in front of the camera in an interview format, where someone off camera asks them questions that they can answer organically. Many find this the most natural and easiest way to get their content out. For others, having no one else in the room and having the ability to record multiple takes is key.
You may like to keep jot notes of what you want to say that you look at right before you begin filming. For me, because I have a poor memory and want to word things in a specific way I really thrive off of fully scripting my content and using a teleprompter. It makes me feel safe and I know I’ll say exactly what I want to, instead of struggling trying to remember what I wanted to say next.
Secondly, I can’t stress this enough, being on camera is not the same as being in-person. It’s not a two-way conversation, and it’s not even a one-to-many presentation. It’s an intimate performance, which is then broadcast out to many. So minor details like your eye line and body movement are amplified, and you need to find ways to keep your audience engaged before they tune out. Therefore you need to “turn it on” as they would say. Actively perform to the best of your ability.
Record Multiple Takes
Lastly, review and analyze your performance. Just like an athlete would, you want to watch back your recorded performance and see what you can improve upon for your next video, or even your next take if you’re still in filming mode. I might watch my first recorded attempt and feel like it’s too low energy, so I record it again with a bigger smile and more emphasis, and then can be more confident in the performance that I’m going to be putting out into the world.
As I mentioned at the start the more you do it the better you will get at it, just like anything else. So your confidence will only come with time and experience. Therefore it’s best to get started today! And tag me in the post of your video, I’d love to help support it
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