How to increase confidence in front of the camera: 5 tips

Are you looking to increase your confidence on camera? Do you want to feel more comfortable when creating live video content?

2017 is the year of live video.

I mean, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter all have live video functionality.

If you don’t have confidence using the tools, you’re going to miss out.

Live video presents an enormous opportunity to showcase your expertise and connect to your fans.

Understanding the rise of live:

Live video is extremely powerful and popular.

Why? Because it’s real. It’s authentic.

There are no filters or edits in live video which makes the content more trustworthy.

Video content creates a deeper sense of connection than any other type of content; through video, your audience feels like they really get to know you.

How to increase confidence:

In order to leverage the power of live video, you need to increase your confidence on camera.

Without confidence in front of the camera, you’re going to struggle to create confidence that educates, inspires and engages your fans.

Here are 5 tips to try as a way of increasing your confidence in front of the camera:

  • Plan ahead: Without a game plan for your live video, there’s no way to feel confident in front of the camera. Don’t just hit the live button and ramble. Make a plan for what you’re going to talk about on live video; jot down a few notes that will help you remember the key takeaways for the video. You also want to decide how long you’re going to broadcast for. This way, you can set an expectation of time and value with your audience early on.
  • Use a tripod: Increase the professionalism of your broadcasts by using a tripod. Holding your phone in selfie-mode isn’t the answer; it’s going to make your arm cramp and the screen will shake. Not to mention, it will take you out of the flow. Invest in an affordable tripod that’s easily transportable so that you can create high-quality videos wherever you are.
  • Airplane mode: Phone calls interrupt live videos, so put your phone on airplane mode before you go live. Having your broadcast interrupted by a call is a great way to kill your credibility and throw you off your game.
  • Spare battery: Live video drains your battery life REALLY quickly. I recommend investing in a backup battery so that you never have to worry about your phone dying in the middle of a broadcast. You don’t want to leave your fans hanging by cutting out mid-vid.
  • Stand straight: Posture plays a role in your professionalism on camera. I recommend doing live videos standing up rather than sitting down. Keep your interest and energy levels high by standing up straight.

There’s no doubt that live video is skyrocketing in both power and popularity on social media.

Don’t stand on the sidelines this year; jump into the game by following the five tips above to become more confident on camera.

Want to see how it’s done? 

Watch my Facebook Lives to get some ideas and inspiration! 

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