And banish your self-doubt
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How can you improve your confidence on camera? That’s our Quest for this week 🔎
Let’s dive right in!
I hate seeing myself on camera.
I can see every single one of my imperfections in detail. I don’t like the sound of my voice. I can’t get the lighting right. I should just stick with writing.
Once again, my inner critic has taken over.
These are the demons I’ve been fighting with over the last couple of weeks as I work through Ali Abdaal’s Part-Time YouTube Academy course. And I was about to throw in the towel over the weekend.
But then I reached out for help.
I put out an SOS call to the PTYA support team. I talked to a lovely alumni mentor named Linda who shared her experience of overcoming self-doubt when she started out. And she helped me put things back into perspective.
I realized that self-doubt is a normal part of trying something new.
Making videos requires you to put yourself – and all of your imperfections – out there. Come to think of it, it’s not that different from facilitating groups. So if I can facilitate groups, surely I can make a video. Aha!
Confidence on camera can help you become a better facilitator.
Being confident on camera has become a super skill that (like facilitation:) has a lot of spin-off benefits in work and life. It can build your confidence and creativity. And it can open new ways to deliver content.
What can facilitators learn from YouTubers? That’s our Quest for this week 🔎
👉Ali Adbaal’s How to Be Confident on Camera
👉Two LinkedIn posts on facilitation I think you’ll like
👉Cool course alert: Kevon Cheung’s Building in Public Mastery
🎥 Ali Abdaal’s Video on How to be Confident on Camera (5 Tips)
Even if you don’t plan on launching a wildly successful YouTube channel, feeling confident on camera is quickly becoming a vital life skill as more meetings and training happen online.
Check out this video from Ali Abdaal with 5 tips on How to Be Confident on Camera where he reminds us that confidence on video is a skill you can learn👇
Here’s the summary👇
Tip #1: Choose your talking “mode”.
For example, think about having a coffee with a friend if you are filming an educational/advice video.
Tip #2. Embrace imperfection.
Don’t try to put on another personality. Allow your authentic self to shine through.
Tip #3: Speak with a smile.
Speaking with a smile on your face infuses your delivery with more energy. And you come across as more engaged and confident.
Tip #4. Pay attention to your body language
Relax your shoulders and use your hands and body when you speak. It’s more engaging for your audience.
Tip #5. Warm-up.
Before filming, put music on, sing and get yourself into a higher energy zone.
Which tip would help you to be more confident on camera? (Mine is Tip#2 Embrace imperfection😅).
💡 Two LinkedIn Posts on Facilitation I Think You’ll Like
I’ve been spending more time on LinkedIn since January. I’ve discovered that it’s a great place to connect and learn from other facilitators.
Here are two posts from two facilitators I follow and admire on LinkedIn that caught my attention last week.
👉 Scaling Intimacy Founder, Jenny Sauer-Klein’s Top 5 Mistakes Experience Designers Make – for insights on live session design.
👉Fito.network Founder Brendon Johnson’s What Are Your Favorite Playful facilitation Techniques – for ideas for bringing play into your sessions.
🥦 Learn How to Build in Public with Kevon Cheung
You may have heard me talk about Kevon Cheung’s work on “building in public”.
Good news! He is running cohort 7 of his 4-week cohort-based online course Building In Public Mastery that will help you grow an online following/community.
Check out Kevon’s course 👉 here.
And his free guide 👉 here.
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