Talking on Camera: 7 questions to ask yourself to build confidence
We are all on video.
For some people that is not a problem, they don’t mind seeing themselves on camera. For others it can be a real challenge. They wonder how others manage to look so confident and relaxed when talking on camera, whilst they struggle with confidence.
If you belong to the second group, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Here are 7 practical questions to ask yourself whether you’re doing video for live streaming or recordings. Answering them might make you realise, you are much closer than you think to being super confident on video?
1. Why do I feel insecure talking on camera? Take a moment to analyse the situation. Sit down with a notebook and ask yourself: Why do I feel insecure being on camera? Maybe you had bad experiences with having pictures or videos taken of you. Write down everything that comes to mind.
2. What am I missing out on if I don’t talk on camera? Ask yourself what you are missing out on by not showing yourself on video? And who is missing out when you don’t show up? Is there someone you fail to help by not showing up?
3. What would you gain by being more visible? Would you be able to connect with someone? Help more people? Establish yourself as an expert? What effect would this have on your life?
4. What do you need in order to feel more confident? Do you need better lighting? Comfortable clothing? A beautiful background? Could you make that happen? You know on video, you can only see a tiny part of your house or apartment, so would you feel good on camera, if you had a place in your house where you feel you could look your best?
5. Is there a certain time of day that you feel more confident? Could you shoot your videos or schedule meetings at that hour? For some it is the morning, others excel in the evening. Make sure you understand your best timing and arrange your schedule around that.
6. What is the message you want to share? What message do you feel the world needs to hear from you? What content do you feel you need to create to serve those you can help? What is unique about you? What is your personal strength? Think about what message people need to hear from you that they cannot easily find or learn somewhere else. You have a responsibility to share this.
7. Who can I ask for feedback or help? Do you have a friend or family member who you know will give you constructive criticism? Do you already know someone who is really confident speaking on video? Dare to ask them to critique your videos and trust they will give you feedback that will help you improve on your videos.
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