Video Presentation Tips - pt. 2

Last week we talked about some important skills for working through video presentation anxiety. What now? In order to feel more comfortable and prepared for any virtual conversation, make sure you’re set up for success with these tips:

  1. Utilize front-facing lighting: Get that Instagram-influencer-glow by facing the sun when you record, buying a ring light, or even using your phone’s flashlight to add an extra shine.

  2. Angle your camera down: By positioning your camera at eye level (or a bit above), you’ll show off your best angles and be ready to rock.

  3. Make eye contact with the camera (instead of yourself!): While it’s very tempting to watch yourself as you present, focus instead on the tiny pinhead camera at the top of your phone, monitor, or webcam. It will give the illusion of making eye contact with your audience!

  4. Pay just enough attention to your surroundings: Like a good wingman, your recording room should support your presentation, not distract from it. Check your surroundings for anything that could draw the audience’s eye, and make sure you want it to do so.

Break down the barriers that keep us from recording ourselves. You can grow your audience or perfect your speaking style with video!

Just like last week, these tips were borrowed from our friends at BombBomb, the masters of re-humanizing virtual communication.

Stay cool,
The Cool Beans Team

Videos aren't Presentations... are they?

Whether it’s a webinar, video message to a client, or even a recording for your own practice, hearing your voice and seeing your face on camera can be intimidating. Don’t worry, Cool Beans is here to help! Handling stress related to video calls is a lot like dealing with presentation stressors.

Here are the 3 R’s to getting over video call anxiety:

  1. Remind yourself that you have value for your audience that goes above and beyond what you look like. Use positive affirmations to tell yourself- You’re worth it!

  2. Don’t Re-Watch videos for things like how your hair looks. Instead, focus on the content of your presentation and how your delivery adds to your message!

  3. Repetition: Practice, practice, practice! The more you present over video, the more confident you’ll feel doing so.

We borrowed these tips from our friends at BombBomb, the masters of re-humanizing virtual communication.

Stay cool,
The Cool Beans Team