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Get comfortable on camera

1. Read your script out loud beforehand

  • This helps you understand your own inflections

  • If you are reading line for line, this smooths out any awkward points or weird transitions that you can fix because you’re reading it & hearing it back

  • Walk around, highlight or underline or bold segments you want to emphasize or re-work

2. Read your script in mirror

  • This will help you be aware of your eye contact, not that you’re going to be reading from a page XX

  • But you’ll see which segments you know better than others EVEN IF you’re using a teleprompter

  • Help you see which parts to emphasize with your hands

3. Talk with your hands

  • Weird? No! It’s perfectly normal

  • When we’re in person we talk with our hands to further describe what we’re talking about

  • It’s good to practice rather than just as a statue reading

4. Start with a smile

  • You decide how big & wide or soft & small of a smile feels natural to you

  • Much more inviting to begin a video and a new point with a smile

  • Weird, but you can hear the smile

5. Record a selfie video of your intro or your main point

  • Watch back & just understand, you’ll automatically critic yourself first

  • INSTEAD compliment one thing you did well

  • Bonus - if you are using a script, practice reading it on your phone with this app (video to watch here)

6. Know your inflections & tone

This is vital to sounding normal on camera!

7. Practice your script sitting and standing

  • Notice which one you prefer

  • If you are standing, are you wobbling side to side or moving closer towards the camera?

8. Time yourself & slow down

When you’re timing yourself it’s ok to mess up because you’ll probably have mistakes when you’re filming anyway!

9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes - beauty of editing

  • It’s best to restart at the top of the sentence or paragraph or point

  • I hide mistakes ALL THE TIME with client work & my own videos

  • Forget the idea that you can memorize everything and do it 100%, you literally don’t have to

10. Read your script to another person

  1. Ask them if it makes sense

  2. Feedback on areas for you to improve

  3. Especially if you’re public speaking, but it’s also helpful for video scripts!

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