Confidence On Camera: moment Presentation Skills Training
Do you feel shy? Would you rather do anything other than presenting on camera? If presenting on camera is the last thing youd like to do, read this short article to transform your skills and discover a new way to present with total confidence.
Hate cameras? Many of my clients feel this way. They prefer research, science and formal briefings. The last thing on their 1000 things to do before I die list is presenting on camera.
That is, up until recently. Up until the world changed. And video became the new must-have tool. Just look around. Everyone is using video to proportion business ideas, solve problems, communicate with colleagues and…lets not forget the big target. Attract investors.
If youre noticing the rapid escalation of video conferencing, video testimonials, and video pitches, you are not alone. More and more organizations are shifting from confront-to-confront meetings for every kind of business conversation.
Presentations that were always done in person are now ordinarily done via skype or one of many online sets. The only question is: are you and your leaders ready to be in the spotlight?
Strange, but true story. More than one senior level leader Ive coached has attempted to find reasons why they cant be on a video conference call. You may have noticed this happening in your business too. Unexpected meetings. Out of town presentations. International travel.
At first I thought it was just happenstance. But then I noticed that this was not just happening in one company. Time and again, across a wide range of organizations, top leaders were unavailable for video conference calls.
Hmmm. Do you think its just a coincidence? My hunch is: no. If you or your peers are reluctant to show up on camera, build your comfort zone. Hone your skills so you can present with complete ease and fearlessness. Once you see how much fun it is, youre likely to champion these skills and tools across your organization.
1. Talk To Friends
When presenting on camera, speak as if youre talking to close friends. We all have to conquer the fight-or-flight response when talking to groups.
The fastest way past this physiological urge is to escape by speaking as if to dear friends.
Try it. It works…already if you are addressing skeptical prospects or irate board members. In presentation skills training, this first tip is one of the most popular ones. Clients consistently tell me that this transformed their presentation skills immediately.
You smile at friends, right? Do the same while presenting on camera. Its a good idea to smile at the beginning-and have a smile obtainable at other times during your delivery.
3. Look Into The Camera
Looking directly into the camera creates an intimate and direct connection with your audience. Avoid looking at your shoes. Steer clear of looking at the ceiling-as if hoping that a celestial hand will help you out of your situation.
Focus into the camera. Just as you would look at a friend during conversation.
4. Short Sentences
Your far away audience has a short attention span. Speak in short sentences. If youve written out a script, double check sentence length. Its easy to write long sentences. Its a lot harder to say them out loud and keep up attention.
5. Short Words
Just like Tip. 4 use short words. If youre using a script, you may have written more formally than how you naturally speak.
Go by your script with an editors eye. Shorten long words into short ones. Make swaps. Replace usability with use. Change out aforementioned for these. Go over and over your script to find every opportunity to shorten words.
6. Simplify With A Sketch
When working on camera, the last thing you want to do is read boring text-only slides. In fact, youll include your audience when you draw a simple diagram or sketch. Dont worry. You dont have to be a talented artist or design genius. Focus on conveying your meaningful idea.
Get help from a presentation coach to simplify complicate concepts into a single sketch.
7. Ask For Feedback
The fastest way to enhance your on camera skills? Candid feedback from an executive coach. Your coach will help you make tiny changes that have tremendous impact.
These may be in body language, voice, pacing, or sharing personal stories.
If youve been avoiding or dreading presenting on camera, its time to flip the switch. Transform your trepidation into overflowing confidence about business presenting. Use these 7 tips-and start enjoying all the benefits of this exceptional technology.