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.
- 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” takes on more visual meaning and significance) to the viewer. So make it count.
Remember 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. Which is why…
Define yourself before they define you
1st impressions are crucial. Within 3 to 8 seconds, your viewers have judged your income, level of education, and even your level of success.
“Within 30 seconds (providing you are compelling and engaging enough for them to be still watching) they’ve also judged your level of intelligence, honesty, competence, friendliness, and confidence. Once they’ve formed this 1st impression, you are stuck with it”
How do you want to be perceived by your target audience? You want them to perceive you as the go-to thought leader in your space, right? You can’t leave this to chance. You must clearly position your thought leadership by design.
Sure, your current customers and raving fans already love you. They know what you stand for, and may even forgive you for a less than stellar video viewing experience. But what about someone who discovers your video outside of your web platform, or out of context and is seeing you onscreen for the first time?
Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio said, “There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time, and I owe him my best.” We agree. You owe it to your audience to bring “your best self” at all times.
Anything short off the mark will lower your audiences impression of you, your professionalism and your offerings.
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