8 TIPS FOR BETTER CAMERA PRESENCE 💁
Being comfortable in front of the camera is essential for content creators. The audience can sense what you give off on camera.
So, in UGC, how engaging and convincing you are affects whether or not your viewer will want to watch you.
Although speaking in front of a camera is not natural (at all), here are some tips to boost your confidence and improve your on-screen presence:
✹ TIP # 1: GOOD POSTURE.
Your mama is right, good posture is important.
Making sure to keep a good posture is an important part of your camera performance.
Your body language can say a lot. So, keeping your shoulders relaxed and your back straight will help give more value to what you're saying.
✹ TIP # 2: PROJECT YOUR VOICE.
Don't whisper, or scream.
Just talk a little louder than you usually do, as if you were talking to someone across the room.
This way your voice will sound clearer and you'll automatically appear more confident.
✹ TIP # 3: SPEAK SLOW AND CONCISELY.
I know that sometimes in UGC we try to cram as much information as we can into a video, but this can sometimes give off a nervous or lousy vibe.
Don't forget to slow down. Breathe. It's best to say less (still meaty) but say it clearly.
Pay attention to how you say your words and how clear your sentences are, after all you're trying to promote products, we want the viewer to understand.
✹ TIP # 4: NO-NO to MONOTONE.
No one wants to hear from a robot. Be Animated.
If you're lively on camera, your video will perform better.
To add some flavor, try mixing and changing the speed pattern and volume of your voice. Give character and enthusiasm by using gestures, movement, and facial expressions! (Just be careful not to block the camera with these gestures)
Imagine you're talking to your best friend and you're telling them some exciting and juicy news!
✹ TIP # 5: GET HYPED.
Let go of all stress in your body. Before you record, have a solo dance party. Just shake it all out and get groovy!
This is about pumping your adrenaline so you feel energized when speaking to the camera.
Trust me, the viewer can notice the difference in your energy levels. The more pumped you are, they will be too. You'll feel better overall as well.
✹ TIP # 6: KNOW YOUR BRIEF WELL.
You can get better results if you know what you're talking about, familiarise yourself with the brief; write down the bullet points you want to make, and then talk as if you're talking to a good friend.
When you know your subject well, you can focus on telling the story.
A talented storyteller can make even the dullest story interesting. You're the storyteller of your videos.
✹ TIP # 7: BE YOURSELF.
We find that the best content come from creators who are true to themselves.
It's important to be real, that's what keeps viewers coming back. You don't have to act like someone you're not. This would make the process a drag for you.
Creating content is about connecting with your audience, being unique, and simply being you. You can follow trends or do something that someone else is already doing, but you should add your own twist and make it as "you" as possible.
Ask yourself, why would someone want to watch you over someone else? What makes you YOU?
✹ TIP # 8: SMILE.
This one is easy. Smiling does wonders for your over well-being. Try randomly smiling, and you'll feel your body slowly respond. Many studies have shown that smiling helps people feel better about themselves and each other.
We must, of course, think about the subject and the mood we're trying to create. Most of the time, though, smiling will be the default. ☺️
All of these take time and a lot of practice to get good at. So keep making videos and practicing, and you'll find your groove eventually!
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