Lights, Camera – Action!
Speaking directly to camera can be a daunting experience. Talking to an inanimate object, seeing a faint reflection of yourself, with no physical clues that it’s taking in what you are saying – well, it’s not natural.
Like all presenting skills, it’s not rocket science, and with a few basic techniques you can look great and sound authoritative. First, actually imagine your audience – or at least one person. If you concentrate on thinking about them when you speak and not the camera, it will make a huge difference. You can watch our Talking Heads showreel for some examples.
TOP TIPS FOR BEING ON CAMERA!
- Look through the lens when you imagine that person – and not at the lens
- Keep it Short and Simple (KISS) – it’s easier to remember for both you and the audience
- Eye contact with the camera is essential – resist the temptation to look away
- Start by making eye contact with the camera and hold it for five seconds before you start
- Start with a clear sentence that tells the audience what you are about to do: a strong start should give you confidence
- End strongly leaving no doubt you have finished, and then hold eye contact for as long as you can
- Enjoy it! You have something to say and there are people who want to listen. If you appear nervous, the audience will be less receptive
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