Filming Yourself - Confidence in front of the camera
1. LOOK AT THE CAMERA
The audience is in the camera, you are talking directly to potential customers. So keep that eye contact towards the camera.
If necessary, use notes. I’d personally rather see a person making short pauses, looking at his notes and looking back to me as somebody only reading a text.
By this I mean, even if you place your phone right next to the camera, we can see that you’re reading.
If needed, the solution is then a teleprompter. With the help of a reflection process, it enables you to look directly INTO the lens. It can make sense if you’re taking the video creation very seriously and already have some equipment.
The main goal is for you to be comfortable, to feel comfortable, to look comfortable.
- Keep a good posture, feel free to talk with your hands.
- You can try out some public speaking tricks. For example, direct your attention to the lower part of your body, feel your legs when you speak.
- Try to get your voice from your belly not from your head.
- Talk slower than usual and especially start your next take speaking slowly.
- Do some pauses.
- Have a look at one take, be objective about it and search for things to improve. The keywords here are: appear natural.
4. SECOND LANGUAGE
If it’s in a second language, practice several times before recording. Don’t be afraid to use your own vocabulary and to change words that are difficult to pronounce.
5. EMBODY YOUR MESSAGE
My last tip would be to try to embody what you’re saying.
Think rather about the message and less about the format. You’re not here to simply repeat a script, you rather want to share a message, tell something to your audience.