[Part II] 3 easy ways to be awesome on video
When I first started teaching as part of my PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania, a camera crew came to my class to—GASP!—videotape me.
Ah, the horror!
To make matters worse, afterwards they asked me to look at the video and CRITIQUE my performance.
Needless to say, it was pretty painful, humiliating, humbling, eye-opening, and filled with “Oh my God, I’ll never be on camera again!!”
But then I started a business that’s all about supporting women in speaking up and being visible, both online and from the stage. And I had to practice and learn how to be on camera again. Even if I had a ton of resistance. Even if I hated it.
And I learned the most effective strategies and tips. Strategies that work and are guaranteed to make a huge difference in your performance and comfort-level. Nerves be gone. Rockstar you, welcome!
In Part I I talked all about preparation (read it here). What you can do before you even think about turning your camera’s, Iphone’s, or lap top’s recording button ON.
This week I’m sharing what you absolutely need to do to make sure you come across as passionate and energetic, as opposed to flat and uninspired.
See, everything’s magnified when you speak on camera, and things don’t come across as easily as if you were to talk to someone in person. For this reason, you need to have a solid practice in place to pump your energy up.
In other words, you need to REALLY step out of hiding and embody the fierce woman that you KNOW you are.
Are you ready? Here’ what to do.
The FWR, aka “Fierce Woman Ritual”.
Schedule 3 to 5 minutes before you hit “Record” to let your fierce woman out. How to you do it? There’s many ways:
Dance to your favorite song taking up as much room as you can and stretching & expanding your body. Untie your hair and let it flow!
Jump around like a little girl focusing on having a ton of fun.
Let your silly out. Play, play, play!
Do the “YES meditation,” Read about it here.
Throw some punches in the air. Bust through those blocks!
Make silly faces and laugh at yourself.
And the beautiful thing is that all of these tips work not just for video, but every time you have a high-stake situation coming up — a sales call, a difficult conversation with your partner, a speaking engagement in front of 500 people, a meeting with your team, etc.
So, let me know: Are you ready to use the FWR? Say “Yes” in the comments below!
I so look forward to hearing from you!