How to Get Comfortable on Camera

When it comes to making videos, there's one
big hurdle that keeps people away from doing it. That is feeling like you're not very good
on camera. But I'm here to tell you you are good on camera. You just have to be yourself. I know that's easier said than done, but I
have seven P's that you need to live by if you want to be good on camera. I'm going to get into those today. The first P is play. Play around on camera. Talk about something you're really interested
in, and only watch it back by yourself. Make note of the little things that work and
don't work, and the mannerisms that you like and you dislike. I guarantee you you'll surprise yourself with
how well you come across. Then once you feel comfortable, also show
your close friends and family. They know you best, so they know if you're
not really being yourself on camera. They can give you some really valuable feedback
to improve your presentation. Another great way to play around on camera
is using apps like Periscope and Snapchat. I've put tutorials below to both of those

With Periscope, you're live. All you have to do is just turn it on and
start talking and interacting with your audience and your community. That's a great way to get a little bit of
practice. Same with Snapchat. There's no pressure of editing with Snapchat,
so just get used to yourself on camera, used to hearing yourself on camera. Over time, you will improve. The second P is personalize. This may sound a little bit crazy, but when
I was in broadcasting school, one of the little tricks that I was taught was to put a photo
of somebody that I loved and felt really comfortable with on the camera or on the microphone. It helps you visualize that you're speaking
to just that one person as opposed to just this big audience that's going to be watching
your video.

That's a great way to feel a little more comfortable
and a little bit more like yourself and having more intimate conversation. At the end of the day, the goal is for each
person in your audience who's watching your video to feel like you're only talking to
them. The third P is pace. I'm often criticized for being a fast talker,
but this is actually just my normal pace of talking. However, believe it or not, I often remind
myself, just in my head, to slow down a little bit, because I know not everyone is used to
this pace, and it can be a little too much, too fast.

Whatever your normal pace of talking is, whenever
you're on camera, nerves and things can affect it and make you talk a little faster. In your head, just remind yourself to slow
down and to breathe. The next thing is adding excitement. When you're on camera, and you're talking
about something you're passionate about, your audience needs to see that. Wherever your excitement level's at, add about
10% to that. Make it seem authentic and genuine. Another great tip is just to smile and be
a little more approachable because that smile allows you to sound a little more excited
about it and a little bit more happy about what you're talking about. Nobody wants to watch someone on camera who's
a Debbie Downer. Remember that. The fourth P is to pretend. I am not saying to copy anybody, but everybody
has their favorite people that they watch online or on TV. Watch them and dissect what they do and what
it is you like about their presentation. Make some notes, and try and incorporate that
into your own on camera presence.

The fifth P is pretty simple. It's passion. If you're not passionate and interested in
what you're talking about, it's going to be really hard for your audience to be passionate
and interested in what you're saying. Whether it's the script or the wording or
whatever else that's maybe not working or feeling right to you, make it work for you
so that you come across as being genuinely interested in the subject matter and not just
a talking head. The sixth P is pressure. Take it off your shoulders. There is no pressure. When you're filming a video or whatever else,
being human is more relatable than anything else. If you make a mistake that's okay. You can keep recording as many times as you
want, til you're comfortable and you're happy with the end result. Don't think about how many people are going
to watch the video and how much pressure there is to make it perfect. Think about just being yourself, being passionate
about what you're saying, and that will translate more than being a perfect little robot on
camera. The seventh P is practice, practice, practice.

The best way to get comfortable on camera
is to just keep practicing and playing around with it. Use all those different apps, like I mentioned
earlier, Snapchat, Periscope, Instagram video, Twitter video. There's video now on every platform. Just play around with it. Get used to hearing yourself and seeing yourself
on camera, and I promise you'll see slow and gradual improvements in your comfort level,
and you'll start to feel more like yourself on camera. Being comfortable on camera builds your confidence
in so many other ways. Whether that's for speaking engagements or
for media appearances. Just have fun with it and practice. If you have tips for getting comfortable on
camera, I'd love to hear them. Leave them in the comments section below. If you like this video hit the like button
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