By AGR Chris Murray
Confidence On Camera – Confidence Tip No.3
I am using my 11 years of experience working with business people in media, editing and video production to give other business-minded people top tips on how to look professional, convincing and super confident when delivering talks to their cameras. Gaining more confidence is the first step to doing more and winning more online.
Was recorded live on Facebook on the 16th Feb 2022 at 3:08pm GMT
“How to prepare to perform in front of your smartphone”
Ok, let’s get started. This advice is about getting ready for the camera. So, how do you prepare to perform in front of the camera and psych yourself up? Being in front of the camera is a performance. You must maintain a positive attitude and engage as much as possible with your audience. You can either concentrate on providing outstanding knowledge or engage well through your personality or looks. With more experience, the top performers can focus on all three.
1. Listen to a piece of your favourite uplifting music
Listen to rousing music that will improve your spirits before you begin. It is a fantastic way to bring out your inner hero. It takes a certain amount of bravery to put yourself in front of your camera. So, why not awaken that part of you? If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself,
“Chris, I don’t feel heroic.”
Then I’m here to inform you that if you are reading this post and contemplating being in front of a camera, then you are heroic. A lot of people do not get this far. Most people fear being in front of a camera more than they fear dying. Again, I do not believe you are one of these people if you are reading this post.
2. Breathe deeply for 2 minutes
There is one thing to remember, if you get anxious and scared before going on camera, then breathe deeply for at least 2 minutes. Let me quickly explain why.
Because humans are tribal and social creatures, anything that has the potential to make us look like a failure in the eyes of our peers will be feared and avoided. Humans thrive best in groups; anything that can cause us to fall out of favour with our social circles is terrible news for your fundamental survival. This is why being in front of a camera can be like standing in front of a firing squad.
The thought of stepping in front of a camera can start a chain reaction of psychological changes in your body. This reaction is known as a “fight or flight” reaction. It happens because you feel under threat. The hormones adrenaline and cortisol start to run through your body. Your heart rate increases, your stress levels rise your breathing rate increases. All of these add up to your body wanting to run, “flight” or “fight”, put up fists and defend against a physical attack.
When you are in this state, your memory for details begins to fail. You will start to forget things you want to say on camera. This happens simply because your body is trying to reserve energy and attention for the primal “fight or flight” instinct you are experiencing.
Deep breathing can fool your body into thinking you’re in a relaxed condition. This is comparable to yawning. It has the potential to alleviate anxiousness and anxiety by reducing the release of adrenaline and cortisol in your body.
Combining this with feel-good music and even a little dance, can counteract the naturally induced “flight or fight” reaction in your body.