Camera shyness is one of the main reasons why people postpone creating videos or decide to totally ditch the idea. Self doubt is the most common cause of camera shyness. We think we’re not good on camera, we don’t know what to talk about, we think others are going to judge us for our appearance, etc.
Is that about right?
If this sounds like you, trust me, you’re not alone. Talking to a camera is very similar to public speaking and the majority of people struggle with that as well. In fact, experts estimate that as much as 77% of the population has some level of anxiety regarding public speaking!
Rarely, is someone ever perfect on camera at the beginning. Just like with anything, practice makes perfect. Talk with confidence and make adjustments right for you!
Here are a couple great tips that might help:
Write A Script
Whether you use a script for the video or not, it’s good to write out your thoughts on paper or in a Word document. This will get your mind focused on what exactly you want to say on camera. Once you do this, try to whittle it down into the main bullet points. It’s a lot easier to talk with bullet points than trying to memorize or remember each word that you wrote down.
Talk With Passion
More often than not, the passion and excitement is more important than following the exact script for a video. Look at your script and bullet points and then talk from your heart. You’ll be surprised at how your videos flow better and sound like a real conversation!
The more natural you feel, the better you will look on camera. This may include using your hands when you talk or things like standing rather than sitting.
Don’t let yourself get discouraged, overcoming camera shyness comes with time!