When filming your video presentations, the aim is to create a positive experience for your viewers and keep them engaged with you and your key messages.
Therefore, you want to reduce anything that could create audio or visual barriers (consciously or subconsciously) between you and your audience.
Some Things to Watch out for Include:
- Excessive body movement i.e. swaying, bobbing in and out of frame (I’ve seen this a lot with online videos), the constant shifting of body weight, rocking back and forth or swiveling on chairs (while seated), arms flapping, finger pointing and air punching. Note: Air punching only works well providing you can deliver this action with hand-on-heart conviction, and if you are being filmed in full to medium shot – otherwise it can look too big, forced, or fake when operating within the confines of your camera’s framing i.e. filmed in a close-up
- Body language that is inconsistent with your message i.e. A welcoming video message with arms crossed, hand-wringing, clenched jaw, no smile, staring eye-contact (at the lens) and disengaged body positioning i.e. leaning away from the video camera (I’ve seen this often with corporate videos)
- Eyeballing or staring at the camera, a common occurrence with people who a new to presenting to a video camera, or who read from an autocue – something I do not recommend
- Poor diction, slurred speech, and fillers (e.g. like, so, you know, right, uh, ah, um) in your key messages. These fillers seem to drag or slow the pace of your video presentation down and may actually encourage your viewer to click away or abandon your video altogether. Plus, fillers can make you sound unsure of your message – diluting your delivery and the impact of your message or statement. Slurred speech can sound l-a-z-y and give the impression that you don’t care enough about what you are saying – so don’t blow it
- Forced or faked smiles are really easy to spot on video – oddly enough it has a lot to do with your eyes. When presenting to the camera try this simple mindset shift technique
- Take advantage of your background setting and remember to set the scene for your video presentation
- Pay attention to your wardrobe colors and clothing styles – realize that the video camera sees things differently than the human eye
- Figure out which camera angles work best for you (photogenically) for your video presentations
- Remember personal grooming and styling really stands out on camera (because anything that is “framed” tends to become more significant). Your viewer can zoom in, pause, and rewind your online videos, so you want to ensure that you present your best self while filming your video presentations.