how to improve your confidence when recording videos


How to improve your confidence in front of the cameras to record videos

Have you ever thought about recording videos, but you didn't think you could handle it? Learn some methods that can improve your confidence in front of the camera.

Barbara Santos

04/10/2017 | By Barbara Santos

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A great strategy for anyone who wants to promote their products or sell on the Internet is to record videos. However, we know that not everyone can talk in front of the cameras.

Have you ever wondered why this happens?

Some conceptions we have of ourselves and of our image can get in the way. But know that, if you are willing, you will be able to record a video that engages your audience.

You can even turn your weakness into a source of income and start making money with videos.

Obviously, some fears need to be addressed. So, we brought to you tips to help overcome your fear of the cameras. This way, you’ll have more confidence and record great videos!

Set the content

Before you even think about how to record videos, you need to decide what you will talk about and the format.

What will you talk about?

Will it be a sales video or a presentation of your brand?

Sometimes, you even know what you want to talk about and really know the subject. However, when it is time to record you freeze because that was not well defined.

But this problem can be easily solved if you have a script.

  1. Decide what you want to show in the video.
  2. Write down all the ideas that you think are necessary.
  3. Put the main points that you set apart in order.
  4. Write the main information in topics using a very large font.
  5. Paste them near the camera, preferably behind it.
  6. Stick to the script.

Remember that this is only a summary of your ideas.

Avoid writing long sentences. Reading many sentences can make you confuse the ideas. Not to mention that your video may not flow as well as if you were speaking naturally.

Control your personal image

Generally, we get surprised with the answers. We don’t imagine that we’re seen as people tell us.

And how does this influence at the time of recording videos?

When there is no face-to-face interaction, it can be difficult to quickly establish a personal connection. Keep in mind that people who watch your videos don’t know you.

Then, it is necessary to promptly show them who you are. And we know that this is not an easy task. After all, we can have multiple reactions depending on each context.

Do you want to learn an exercise that can help you?

  • Get in front of a mirror and think about several every-day situations.
  • How would you react if someone stepped on your foot?
  • And if you had a surprise birthday party?
  • Or you had to wait for 2 hours to talk to the customer’s support of a phone company?
  • Look at your face and notice how it changes.

To complete the exercise, remember the script you wrote. It will be used now.

  • Get back in front of the mirror.
  • Paste your script in a place where you can read the topics and see your face.
  • Say the highlighted topics aloud and notice your facial expressions.

That’s how you will look in front of the camera. Think about whether your image is adequate.

Do you think you convey confidence and authority in the topic?

If you are still not pleased, record this exercise a few times and watch it. This way, you can see what needs to be improved.

But your personal image is not just your face. Also, think of the gestures and your posture. In other words, visualize your entire body.

When you talk to someone, do you stay still the whole time?

Most likely not. So, imagine that the camera is a person with whom you are talking.

When recording videos, try to change your expressions according to what you say. Don’t have the same look in all frames. Create excitement in what you say!

Even if you’re too shy, by doing these daily exercises, you’ll notice that your confidence will improve.

Project your voice

For a video to be successful, it is necessary that it has great audio quality.

It’s important to have a microphone and a quiet environment to record. But we’re not just talking of technological devices.

Think about your tone!

  • Can people hear you clearly?
  • Are you speaking too low or too loud?
  • Can you enunciate everything clearly?

The voice is an essential part of the video.

Pay attention so that it is audible and the listener does not need to make an effort to understand your every word. Practice good enunciation. In other words, speak slowly and with wide open vowels. So, whoever watches the video will be able to pay full attention to the subject.

Plus, it is important to talk with a smile. Your intonation drives more empathy in the video. Show energy and joy through your voice. The audio gets more inviting.

Have you ever seen a singing lesson?

Try repeating determined vocal exercises that students do before starting these lessons. Some examples are the repetition of vowel sounds, sing musical scales and even repeat syllables in different tones. These warming up exercises are important so that the tone and timbre are balanced.

Practicing what you are going to say is also great. Repeating the words out loud several times is good for memorizing the script and improving the diction. Remember to repeat especially the most difficult words that are not common in your vocabulary. By doing so, they will be recorded in your memory and your speech will flow naturally.

Avoid talking a lot in the days that precede the recording. That doesn’t mean you should be confined without talking to anybody. But try not to use your voice so much. This way, it will be rested in the day to shoot the video.

Eating apples is also very good for the voice. While chewing, the fruit helps to scrape the surface of the mouth and pharynx and this eliminates the thick saliva.

And never forget to drink plenty of water to hydrate. But the important thing is to drink it throughout the day, and not all at once.

Be comfortable

Comfort is essential to feel good! When recording videos, it is essential too.

In most videos, people appear only from the waist up. If this is your case, you can think of button-downs that make you feel good.

If it’s very hot, put on a pair of shorts, skirt or dress. If it’s cold, sweatpants are a great option.

You can also choose a comfortable shoe or even shoot barefoot.

There is no rule for the outfit. The important thing is to be comfortable so that clothes aren’t a problem during the shooting.

But try to dress up properly. Remember that your video will be watched by different people. So, avoid clothes that draw more attention than your own content.

Moreover, thinking about comfort is also choosing a place to record.

For a good recording, it is necessary to have a quiet place. Background noise can be a nuisance not only on the video but also for who is recording. If you’re constantly interrupted, you may not be able to concentrate.

Try to choose a location where you feel good. It can be your bedroom, living room or even a recording studio. The important thing is that the environment is peaceful so that you are relaxed.

Some relaxation techniques also help a lot.

  • Do breath control exercises (breathe in and out calmly).
  • Close your eyes and try to clear your mind (stop thinking about what’s outside that environment).
  • Talk and think positively about your video.
  • During the week, write encouraging messages to yourself and paste them all over the house.
  • If you know, try and meditate.

Practice constantly

You already know what to talk about, so practice the content.

Use your script and go over your lines time and again. The more we repeat, the better we get. So, take time from your day to review the subject you’ll talk about.

After all the repetition, you will develop the subject more naturally. Not to mention that it also helps you to specialize more.

You can study your content well and can even add something new to the text.

But avoid changing your lines a lot. Adding new subjects whenever you are training can confuse you. You may mix up the topics and go off the main one. Not to mention that there is a risk of the video being too long.

The goal of training is helping you not to forget the main topics. So it’s important to stick to your script.

During the video, keep the audience involved. And this needs to be done in the first few seconds. Remember that people are not physically present. So, they need to be interested in your video from the beginning.

Although it is not possible to answer instantly, it is interesting to ask rhetorical questions. Create an interaction to leave your videos more dynamic. Then, talk to people as if they were at the recording site.

If you’ve reached the point of recording videos, it is because you know about the subject. So, be confident and use your practice runs to improve.

Start recording videos

If you’ve never shot a video before, it’s time to do it!

We know that this can be a complicated task for some people. But you will only be able to overcome your fears if you start to face them.

So, start shooting videos!

It might be that, in the beginning, you aren’t very confident. However, in time, practice will make it perfect!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. But don’t make constant mistakes or let them stop you from shooting future videos.

Everything is a matter of getting used to. So, try to always record videos. Gradually, it will be so natural that you will be happy to shoot.


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