Updated: Dec 3, 2019
The camera is not as scary as it looks...
If you're anything like me, when I first started filming videos, I lacked confidence.
Good confidence on camera is essential to great videos.
Here are some tips to be aware of:
#1 Body Language
Make sure you look confident on camera. Keep your chest up and eyes on the viewer to establish a connection. This goes a long way.
#2 Prepare talking points
You do not need to script out the entire video, but you should list out general talking points. Once you go over these talking points, you will have a great starting point before you start filming.
If your talking points just are not cutting it, then a script is your best choice. Write out what you are going to say and recite the lines. A teleprompter is great to have, but a lot of us to not have access to it. Instead, tape the script just below your camera on a tripod. A quick note here, be aware of your eye line when reading off of the script. They will tend to move down as you read off of the script and will be distracting to the viewer. Back away from the camera more if you find yourself looking down a lot. It will a lot less noticeable.
#4 Imitate Others
Find someone who's content is great and is comfortable on camera and use their techniques. You will get to a point where you can put your own spin on it.
#5 Don't Overthink
Do not overthink the videos. Many of us think we need expensive gear to get good videos and that's not always the case. Your phone is your best friend so use it.
Simply, but effective. Practice as much as you can!!