There are many sources for discomfort on video, but the issue often boils down to a negative mindset and a lack of confidence. Though these might feel like pretty significant hurdles, there are still a few approaches you can take towards feeling more comfortable recording videos of yourself.
To boost confidence, it’s beneficial to build a deep understanding of what you’re presenting. If you feel you have a solid grasp of the content, you’ll feel more confident overall, even if you don’t feel one hundred percent comfortable on camera. Whether you’re a professor recording a lesson or an administrator leading a Zoom call, you’ll come across much more confidently if you’ve done your research and feel comfortable with the topic at hand.
Once you’ve prepared the content that you’ll be sharing on camera, it’s essential to practice. Read that again: it’s essential to practice. You don’t need to have an entire script memorized – a misconception that some have when recording videos. You just need to practice your key talking points. Practicing will ensure that you’re coherently communicating the information at hand without leaving out important details or sounding redundant.
Besides practicing the delivery of what you’ll be sharing, it can also be beneficial to practice the simple act of being on camera. It may feel silly, but try recording a few videos of yourself performing everyday tasks. You don’t have to share these videos with anyone; the purpose of this exercise is to become more familiar with how you look and sound on camera. As mentioned before, with familiarity comes comfort and preference.
Finally, it helps to make a conscious effort to acknowledge and forego whatever insecurities may linger. Take comfort in the fact that most people feel these insecurities; it’s natural and universal to feel self-conscious of how you look, sound, and act on camera. Remind yourself that you are your biggest critic and as long as you put up a confident front and present quality content, your audience is much less likely to notice the things that make you feel insecure.
Using a video platform like Vosaic can be so useful for growing confidence on camera. Vosaic allows individuals to record and delete videos at their discretion, share videos for encouragement from peers, and live code for self-reflection of performance. It’s the platform Nelnet uses to evaluate teachers and deliver teacher coaching. These features, paired with a privacy screen and dual device control, can help you feel more confident and comfortable in front of the camera.