Being on camera is probably the scariest part of the video creation process. Video editing being a very close second.
The fear of being in front of the lens holds a lot of people back from putting their stories out there on video.
Is the fear of speaking on camera holding you back from creating videos for your YouTube channel, and beyond?
In this video I share 20 pro hacks (which I’ve gathered over the course of my 30 years as a video pro) that will help you be more confident and effective in front of the video camera. Whether it’s in your YouTube videos, or delivering your online courses.
My 20 Pro Hacks for Being Confident and Effective On Camera
- Focus on your message, not yourself
- Talk out your script, then write it down. You will sound more natural
- Reduce your script to talking points
- Rehearse, but don’t overdue it. Don’t leave your game in the locker room
- Try to look your best
- Avoid dairy before recording. It produces a lot of unwanted phlegm
- Warm up with breathing and vocal exercises
- Use good posture when recording
- Turn up your energy to around 1.5 or so
- Start strong and grab your audience from the start of your delivery
- Be enthusiastic, but not over the top
- Don’t rush through the content, instead close gaps between thoughts for good pacing
- Don’t forget to breathe
- Smile if it fits your message. Be pleasant, at least. Smile on the inside
- Emphasize key words and phrases to make your delivery more dynamic and understandable
- Look past the camera lens, don’t focus on it
- Don’t stare into the camera the entire time, it’s unnerving for your audience. Break content with the lens, occasionally
- Gesture naturally while you speak, but stay away from distracting movements
- Don’t freak out over stumbles. Correct yourself in the moment, and move on. Your audience is there for the content
- Review, revise, and practise your delivery. Being effective on camera is a learned skill
Speaking on camera can feel awkward and intimidating at first. But with consistent practice, you’ll learn to see the camera lens as a tool, rather than your enemy.
Tools used to make this video (Affiliate links):
Camera Microphone: RODE NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone
Audio Mixer: Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer
Camera HDMI to USB 3.0 Capture: AJA U-TAP HDMI Simple USB 3.0 Powered HDMI Capture
Recording & Editing: Screenflow 8
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