The number one thing that holds people back from putting themselves out there online, is the FEAR of the camera.
This fear is probably one of the biggest things that hold people back from starting a YouTube channel or even using online video in general to build their brand and biz.
In this blog post, I’m going to give you FIVE tips on how to get over your fear and feel more comfortable on camera.
In my last video, I talked about How to Host an Epic Live Stream, which you should definitely check out.
But if you’re like “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Nadine, live video? I don’t even want to be on regular video!”
Then this is the blog post for you.
1 | BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR TOPIC
It’s really important that you really, really care about the topic that you’re speaking about because if you don’t, you’re going to sound dull and uninterested and people are going to click off from your video SUPER fast.
Passionate energy is contagious, so if you are smiling and constantly having fun in your videos, people are going to have fun too.
In order to do that, it’s really important to overdeliver your energy because on camera your over-the-top personality and volume actually comes off as normal.
Therefore, it’s really important to be super LIT in your videos.
Are the kids still saying SUPER LIT?
Anyways, I’m using it for this video!
It’s really important to be super lit in your videos and showcase your position from the beginning to end.
2 | BE PREPARED
Now, my second tip is to be prepared.
The way to feel more comfortable on camera is actually being prepared for what you’re going to say.
You can create an outline of what you want to say and write out your main points.
For example, if you’re going to write a video about 5 Ways to Do X, make sure you know what those 5 things are and write them down.
Like for instance, I actually write out my entire script for YouTube from beginning to end.
This, so I can repurpose my YouTube videos into a blog post (that you’re reading right now) and I have all the words written in advance.
But if I’m doing a live video, I just have a simple outline.
I do NOT write out an entire script for live video and it’s important that before you press record or before you go live, look over your outline or even rehearse what you’re going to say beforehand so you’re good to go.
3 | TALK TO ONE PERSON
Okay, so you’re pumped about your topic, you have an outline of what you’re going to say, you’ve hit record, tip #3 is to talk to one person.
You may fear being seen by many people but you need to flip your mindset and think you’re talking to one person.
That one person could be your best friend, it could be your brother, your sister, even your pastor, whoever it might be for you, just focus on talking to that one person.
You’re usually more relaxed and laid back and that demeanor will come off on camera if you focus on just talking to one person.
4 | CONTROL YOUR PACE
Next is to control your pace.
Now, I’m naturally a fast talker and when I used to work in television, I always had to focus on slowing down my speed so people could understand me and the same goes for you.
Your normal may be too fast for the average person.
So make sure that you are going at a normal speed so people can understand you.
5 | DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.
If you made it this far in the blog post, go check out the YouTube video because I share a special clip of my first ever YT video back in 2010.
And in that video, I had no idea what I was doing, I just went for it.
Your first videos will always be your worst videos, so take the pressure off of yourself to create a perfect video because it won’t be.
It’s okay to make mistakes, that just means that you’re human.
And in order to get better, just practice, practice, practice.
Yes, Allen Iverson, we talkin’ bout practice.
The more you practice the more you’ll get used to being on camera and your comfort level will grow.
Those are my 5 tips on how to feel comfortable on camera.
Now, it’s time for the Question of the Day: Do you have any tips on how to get comfortable on camera? Let me know in the comments below.
Nadine is a former television broadcaster turned digital marketing strategist and educator. The Trinidadian-Canadian teaches content creators, entrepreneurs, and side-hustle bosses how to market and monetize their skills online. When Nadine isn’t helping high achievers build their brands, you can find her reading a book or jamming to the latest DJ Private Ryan soca mix.