How often do you get enough guts to go stand in front of the camera, ready to record a kick ass video, but then, as soon as that little red recording light goes on, you turn into this stiff, unnatural person who can’t seem to get a normal word out?
Don’t worry! It happens to all of us. You should see some of my first videos - I actually blush when I look at them now! But back then, I had the exact same fears and frustrations as you might now have when recording your own videos.
Being confident in front of the camera doesn’t have to be all that hard – especially when you follow the simple advice I offer inside my video above.
If you have any other helpful ideas for being more confident and natural in front of the camera, please leave your comment below and join in on the fun!
Transcript Of Today’s Video
I want to talk about the fear of being in front of the camera and how to overcome that fear. Obviously, a lot of people who want to get in front of the camera for the first time or even the second, third, fourth or fifth time still have this massive fear of being in front of the camera. I”ll look at why this happens and how you can overcome this.
But first, I want to share with you a couple of things. The first thing I want to share with you is the winner from one of my previous competitions that I’ve been running and this was for the Vixia Handycam that I had as one of the prizes I gave away as a previous launch. The winner for that is this person here (Michael Darby). Congratulations! I’ll be sending that out to you very soon. I’ll get in touch with you via Facebook.
The other thing – on my previous video, I asked everyone to leave a comment and in return I was going to give you something for free—a copy of my Truckloads of Leads book. For those of you who left your comment through Facebook, I ran into some trouble there because Facebook wouldn’t allow me to send the link to so many people at once.
So what I’m doing is I’m getting Cee, my new Manager/ PA, to send you a message, to reply to, and then she’ll send you the link via email instead of Facebook. So be on the lookout for that.
If you left a comment, you will have received a message from Cee or even on YouTube. You will have received a message from Cee or either from myself with the link to my Truckloads of Leads little book. If you haven’t received it and you’ve somehow missed out on it and you left a comment, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get one out to you as soon as possible. Fantastic!
I’ve been reading this really amazing book. Now, don’t laugh when you see the title. It’s called How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis—amazing, amazing book. Don’t be put off by the title. It’s not actually a personal development book. It’s really more like an autobiography of Felix Dennis, one of the wealthiest men in the UK—built his empire with the publishing business. Fascinating, fascinating book.
Anyway, inside the book, it talks about the fear of entrepreneurs on starting up their businesses and becoming successful—the fear of actually making money. And it got me thinking about the fear of being in front of the camera. Guess what? It’s exactly the same reason and it has exactly the same source—this fear of being in front of the camera or being successful at anything for that matter.
What is the source? What is the source of being so fearful of being in front of the camera? I mean for goodness sake, it’s just a piece of equipment. You know, it’s not even a real person. Why should you be scared? Why should you choke up when you get in front of the camera? What is the reason behind this?
Well, think about it. In the back of our minds, we’ve been conditioned to watch television, to watch Hollywood movies. And in the back of our minds, we have this perception that millions and millions of people are going to watch it, right? Or that millions and millions of people do. That is possible. One of your videos could go out there and you can get millions of views and you have an audience of a million of people.
In any way, that’s almost like standing on a stage with a bunch of people in front of you. That is nerve wracking! I’ve heard statistics saying that people are more scared of speaking in public than they are of burning by fire—dying by burning to death… Something crazy like that. Anyway, strange statistics!
The fear that we’re talking about here is nothing to do with the camera. It has everything to do with your fear of rejection—your fear of rejection by all of these masses of people who are going to be watching you. Now, just think about how silly that fear is. You know, it’s really just a self-made fear. You’re only talking to the camera really.
So first of all, at the time of the recording, when you’re doing the recording—there should really be no fear because at that very moment there’s no one actually watching you. It’s just the camera and maybe the camera person and maybe some bystanders who are watching the whole recording.
It’s only when that video goes out that you may have the fear of rejection. People might not like what you have to show and that could also be for number of reasons. You might not think that your information is good enough or you might think that you look silly or sound silly on the video.
There are some solutions to this. Ok, let’s tackle this whole image and sound thing first.
First of all, when you watch yourself on the video, you don’t look the way you normally look to yourself. When you look at yourself, mostly, it’s in the mirror and that’s the mirror image of you. It’s not a true image of you. So when you see yourself on video, it’s a true image which is a flip version of what you normally see. So first of all, your subconscious mind rejects that because it’s not use to seeing that.
The same goes for your voice. When you hear your own voice, it normally comes from the inside of your own head. But when you hear your own voice watching your own video, it sounds different. It actually sounds like everyone else hears you. But to you it sounds different.
Let’s fix that, first of all. The way to fix that is to recondition your mind to believe that what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing is truly you. And the way to do that is simply by repetition. What you need to do is you need to keep on watching your videos over and over; and you need to listen to your own voice over, and over, and over so that you can reset your subconscious mind to accept your image and to accept your voice—the sound of your voice, at least.
That’s very, very important. The only way I found to get over that (and I’ve had to get over that myself) is to repeatedly listen to my own videos over and over. So whenever you create your video, watch it. Watch it a couple of times. Maybe watch it 3 or 4 times. Not only will you learn from your mistakes, but you will also recondition your mind for both the image and the sound.
Let’s tackle the other thing where you might have this fear of rejection that people might not like your information. That is a very real fear and I still get it.
In fact, just a couple of videos ago, I had that fear. I created the video where I showed people how I set up my white background and as I was recording the video I was thinking, “Gee! That is really straightforward and simple. I’m not sure if people are actually going to love it.” It turns out that this video was one of my most popular videos, so far.
So it’s just a proof that you can get it wrong. Why do you have this fear of rejection? That’s a self-made fear.
What you are going to keep in mind is that there are always going to be people better than you, who can know more than you, who are going look better than you, who are going to sound better than you. We don’t’ care about those people. Those people are not your target market. The people you care about are the ones who know less than you and the ones who will actually listen to your advice.
There’s always going to be someone like that around in the world. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, there’s always going to be someone better than you—always going to be someone not as good as you in terms of how much you know.
What you need to get into your head is that your information will be useful to someone and that becomes your target audience and those are the people that you talk to.
Let’s summarize this.
On video, you need to get used to what you look like and what you sound like. You need to recondition your mind so that you won’t look weird and sound weird to yourself anymore. That’s the first thing.
The second thing is you need to get over the fact that there are some people who know more than you. Just get over it and realize that there are other people who do want to know your information, who do want to watch your video, who will find it entertaining, who will find it funny. There will be someone out there and those are the people that you talk to. Don’t care about anyone else because they’re not your target market.
I just wanted to share that with you. I wanted to just credit Felix Dennis for giving me inspiration for this video. As I was reading this, I was thinking, “Hey, that’s the question that I get all the time.” I hope you found this useful.
Remember, I have 92-page report called Rapid Video Blogging that shows you, basically, how to turn your video views into cash and it’s packed full of information. There are two pages at the end that has a slight sales page for a product that I have. But all the other 90 pages are pure content that you can read. It’s totally free. You can get it at RapidVideoBlogging.com.
Thank you so much for watching. I look forward to my—(tongue twister). See I just made a mistake. I don’t care. I look forward to seeing you inside my next video. Talk to you soon. Bye.