Video Confidence Series Week 1
Updated: May 18, 2020
How singing can improve your confidence on video.
One of the biggest obstacles of filming ourselves or going live on social media is our fear of being spontaneous. We don’t know our voices well enough to be confident on video, relax and speak professionally at the same time. We’d all love to know how knowledge can be spoken into engaging conversation.
That’s where singing can help.
As an introvert myself, singing has really helped me with feeling confident in front of an audience - whether that’s for speaking or for singing. And I know from my clients experience during our classes, that that’s often the case for them as well.
So here are the first 5 steps to take to teach yourself how to sing :
Step 1: Sit down and establish your goal. It should be something you would like to reach within the next 4 weeks and is doable. If you’ve never sung, becoming the world’s best singer might be a bit far fetched. A good goal is that you would like to learn how to sing 1 or 2 specific song(s) better.
Step 2: Pick a song you like. The song should be in your range and easy to sing. Check out “instrumental” versions and then “lower key instrumental” versions of your song on Youtube. Then you will see what I am talking about. You can also find your vocal range here.
Step 3: Record yourself and establish your starting point. This will be your reference for tracking your progress. Don’t criticize yourself negatively. Look at it like a scientist, collecting data. You could listen to it in order to find out what you are already good at and what you still need to work on. But you don’t have to listen to it. You can also just put it in a folder and go back to it in 4 weeks time.
Step 4: Create a practice schedule. How much time are you willing to invest in voice training over the next 4 weeks? Like with physical exercise, you will never get fitter without actually moving. For me a good schedule for singing practice is 10-20 minutes 3-5 times a week. But you will be the best judge for yourself. If you practice less than that, you might not see big results in 4 weeks time.
Step 5: Find a place and time to practice. Maybe you are shy singing in front of your family, or you worry that your neighbors might hear you. Find a place where you feel like you can sing as loud as you want. During practice you shouldn’t hold back. You need to create the habit of letting your voice flow freely and you cannot do that holding back
Here you go, if you start with these first 5 steps this week, you will already be one step closer to feeling confident speaking on video and being more spontaneous.
(Steps 6-10 will follow in next week’s blog post)
If you would like to deepen your knowledge on the topic, please check out my online course join my facebook group, so we can connect.