5 ways to improve your confidence on camera.

If like myself, the thought of going in front of the camera makes you wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole, this blog is probably for you. 

Communication is changing, written emails will soon be a thing of the past as personalised videos are the latest trend amongst marketers and sales advisors.

Videos get your message across in a way that will grab attention and keep people engaged. Time has become more precious, with workloads constantly increasing, meaning people want information in the quickest and most digestible way possible. 

So whether you are creating a video for your emails, social media or even your website, then follow these steps to make sure you look (and more importantly feel) like a natural. 

BREATHE 

I know this seems pretty straight forward but you will be surprised how little you breathe when your anxiety starts to kick in.  I noticed that my best takes were when I took a minute to take a deep breathe before. It will show through in your body language and will make your viewers more relaxed. 

PRACTICE 

Run through what you want to say before. Whether that is creating a script or having a list of points that you want to include. Personally, I don’t work from a script as I find this approach much more natural. However, it is always good to have an idea of the things you want to say to make sure you don’t miss anything out. When I created my first video I found that a script helped me get comfortable speaking in front of the camera, once I felt relaxed and confident in what to say I spoke naturally. 

ISOLATE 

Find an area where you won’t be distracted. If it isn’t nerve-wracking enough going in front of a camera, it’s worse when you feel like you have all eyes on you. Once you feel more comfortable on camera it won’t bother you as much if people can see you.

TAKE YOUR TIME

.. when speaking. You’ll probably find that you start to speak really fast initially, as your natural instinct is to want to get it over and done with. However, this won’t come across well, and will actually cause you to make more mistakes. Slowing down will give you time to think about what you want to say as you are saying it, it makes you easier to watch and will engage your customers more. That being said don’t slow it down to the point it makes people impatient, the key is for it to come off as natural and relaxed as possible.

HAVE FUN 

Even if this isn’t your idea of fun or it isn’t coming naturally to you. If you have fun, it will start to relax you and your energy will come through on the camera. Take my video for example, my mistakes ended up being my quality content. Once I had done a couple of takes I felt much more comfortable speaking to camera. 

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About the Author

Nathan Haines

Nathan is the managing director of Element 26 and an expert in video production and video marketing. Nathan enjoys supporting companies to grow their businesses using video. Get in touch on Twitter @element26uk

Why Your Business Needs To Become A Content Company?

Whilst success tends to be subjective, I’ve long believed that the businesses which excel tend to be those with the most compelling story. In many cases, it is this same story which binds a business to its audience that sets them apart from their competition. It is this essence of ‘brand‘ which keeps customers returning and defines successful content.

Depending on how long you have been in business, the means by which you convey your story may have changed. Where once the Yellow Pages was the go-to destination for reaching your audience; social media and search have all but transformed how content is found.

Whilst TV remains a primary channel, the prescriptive schedules of the traditional broadcasters have been disrupted by both a technological and a social layer. The technology is always-on and constantly connected whilst the social layer attempts to infuse a sense of community into the connected experience.

Collectively, over-the-top platforms (OTT) such as the Chromecast, Amazon Firestick or the AppleTV run many of the channels we find on our mobile devices i.e, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. This means that the sit-back experience of the living room has become an organic extension of our mobile lives and vice-versa.

This represents a tremendous opportunity for today’s businesses. The power has been democratised, we can reach our target audience wherever we choose but first we have to accept that to do so, we must meet the prospect on their terms,  be it on either social media or out there in the wilderness of the open web. For more on what social channels befit your business, check out our blog ‘Choosing The Best Social Channels for your B2B Video

The customer is empowered to opt-in to your brand – or not as the case may be. This is why we must be producing content with a deeper understanding of personalisation, relevance and intimacy. Maybe a good place to start is to ask ourselves, ‘how well do we know our customer?’

So, why is Social, the Open Web and OTT so important? Because the customer is ageing. It should come as no surprise that millennials have arrived in positions of influence within the enterprise and millennials inhabit the social layer like no other demographic in society. Successful content today will entice its audience to participate in its reach.

If you look at how millennials engage with social media, it can be incredibly intimidating. There are multiple channels, speaking to different audiences with those users often rifling through their feeds at a pace which could be best compared to a treadmill for thumbs. Each moment is transitory and absolutely nothing feels permanent.

Daniel Ek – Spotify CEO

Spotify owner Daniel Ek, recently proclaimed in a letter to investors that Spotify wasn’t in the music business, it is in the moments business. I get his logic but by that definition, we’re presumably all in the ‘moments’ business.

The question remains, how do we enrich that moment so that our audience cares enough to be truly engaged. Successful content has to be powerful because online interactions need to stick almost immediately or risk not sticking at all.

As it happens the channels have been giving us a clear indication of the direction of travel for some time and it’s fairly widely accepted now that video is the most effective medium for capturing and retaining attention in social. Even LinkedIn has finally caught on, adding video to both personal profiles as well as company pages.

As business owners, it is our job to shape these conversations. To do that we have to be the creators of content which adds value and capitalises on the zeitgeist. Successful content is relevant, not spam. Not only that but we also have to do it with a certain level of scale because at the top of the funnel, our audience is only tapping into us for moments at a time.

We need lots of moments with our prospect for them to begin to notice us, even more for them to get a sense of our offering. More still to turn them into fans. Is it any wonder that we’ve witnessed a content explosion over the last few years. Further down the funnel, the moments we share tend to be longer because the engaged prospect will want more from us. 

If you haven’t done so already, step back and ask yourself ‘What is the story of your business? Why should your prospect care?’ The successful businesses of tomorrow won’t just have a fantastic story but they will weave their audience into the narrative and make them feel part of it because after all, what is a brand without loyalty?

About the Author

Nathan Haines

Nathan is the managing director of Element 26 and an expert in video production and video marketing. Nathan enjoys supporting companies to grow their businesses using video. Get in touch on Twitter @element26uk