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I was a painfully introverted geeky sound engineer who was simply comfortable behind my laptop. While learning from various courses, I stumbled upon Internet marketing, recognizing the invincible power of video. It struck me that this was a medium I had to explore. But how do I get rid of my lame camera anxiety? How do I get out of my own head?
Today, after recording over 1,000 videos and over 700 webinar courses online, I believe videos are the fastest way to build trust and relationships with viewers. Now I can literally jump out of bed and record a 20-minute video without breaking a sweat.
It didn’t happen overnight. It took me a while to get over my awkwardness. Confidence is something that has to come from within. There is no magic bullet or special technique that can make you confident without working on yourself. The way exercise in a gym helps build muscle, can build confidence. Yes, the first few days in the gym are painful and the initial process of facing the camera will feel like. The difference is that you work tirelessly on your mentality for that new level of confidence.
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Here’s what worked for me:
There is a neuro-linguistic program (NLP) strategy that is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and panic attacks. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. It can be a picture that you can see, a ring that you can touch or even a memory that you can revive so that your brain can feel those positive feelings. It could be a certain moment when you won a prize and felt the adrenaline rush when you smiled and held it in your hand. Set your intent to capture that right feeling when you face the camera and you will see your confidence increase. Instead of being nervous, you are calling for the power of accomplishment and accomplishment that flows through you.
You feel vulnerable when you record a video. It’s just as challenging to speak to the public without a live audience response. But subdue those butterflies in your stomach; Either way. There is always a starting point. Forget about not being photogenic, don’t focus on your flaws. Every single person starts from Ground Zero. We are all upset. We may be frozen, but it is part of being human. Practice. Practice. Practice. Promise to make a video every day for a month. Check out some of your early attempts and correct any changes in body language if you need to. I love to say this: Whenever you feel nervous, think of service. You will help someone there.
You don’t have to be afraid to be judged unless you value your audience. Again to use muscle harmony, if you are a regular in a gym and someone asks you the best way to build biceps. You will be wise enough and confident to talk about it because you are working hard on it. It doesn’t come from reading a book or blog or watching a video. If you have a strong inner game, all you need to do is find a calm state of mind so that you can spontaneously bring out those good things. You’ve done your homework and you know to push all the hot buttons. Just don’t delay. Don’t worry about it. Analysis does not get paralyzed. It’s not about you, it’s about sharing.
Find a familiar place, perhaps a quiet corner of your study or your bedroom where you can work seamlessly. Eliminate all confusion so that you can focus on recording a video without pop-ups showing up on your screen or when your red recording light comes on. Initially read your part aloud and reduce it to three or four bullet points of the concept you need to present and make sure you don’t miss anything as you speak.
Take a few deep breaths and get more oxygen to your body. Make a conscious effort to slow down your speech so that you do not shout. You will feel calm if you have a manageable rhythm. Your audience can always play it at twice the speed if they want.
Speak with confidence as if you are sharing your thoughts with a good friend. Keep a fixed gaze and imagine that someone on the other end is watching with whom you are making frequent eye contact. It will feel like a bilateral conversation. Sit up straight but don’t be stiff – stretch something before you start.
Will your video be scripted or is it spontaneous? I like the latter. Save more human moments instead of editing your videos Just set the purpose and let it flow. So spontaneity always works. If you goof up, that’s fine. If you are stuck, this is not the end of the world. But just keep going. Small mistakes allow everyone to be human. Instead, it will make your video more attractive
Try to do it alone to keep it raw and real. The audience will feel your emotion and excitement when you speak from your heart. The right thing can give strength to your voice.
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Just the right dress
Choose a few outfits in the basic colors of your choice and make you feel comfortable. Avoid any prints that are too busy. You do not want to be confused. Choose something that makes you feel confident later or brings back good memories.
The more you smile, the more relaxed you look and look normal on camera. Fake to make it. Although it may seem strange at first, try to think of something fun to lighten your mood. You should be as well equipped as possible and keep your body language open. Your inner anger will go away
Relax and be yourself: Don’t take yourself too seriously or worry too much about other people’s opinions. An opinion is not a fact. Your strength is that you are an average person in which others can see themselves. You are at a level where you know what you really want out of life. You know your priorities. You have established your core values by which you want to live your life. So, it’s just armor around you that maintains that shield. From your voice and body language, your audience will get an idea of your convictions and promises. That is the true charisma.
Our own life experiences teach us what we will be able to share with others. Remind yourself that your videos are authentic. They are helpful as a means of communication. They’re not meant to be perfectly produced.
To improve your videos, keep acknowledging even small wins and move on Your charisma comes from your purpose and what you stand for.
It’s not about how impressive your vocabulary is. Not about how many prizes you have won. It’s also not about communication skills. If you set out to climb a mountain and always focus on the summit, you will be really scared. But once you look at the peak and fix it as your goal, you just take the next step. And the next step. And the latter. Before you know it, you’re going to be the pinnacle.
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