Wave bye-bye 👋 to being camera shy
Do your legs tremor at the thought of being on camera?
Do you totally freeze as soon as you hit record?
Or maybe you just have no idea what to talk about?
You are not alone.
In fact, I almost failed a few modules at university because I didn’t turn up to presentations, especially if I knew a camera was rolling. I felt physically sick.
I have spent the last 5 years or so mastering my mindset to take myself from camera shy to Mr. Confidence guy.
If I can do it, so can you.
Do you have a pen and paper to hand? I’ll give you 23 seconds to go grab both.
I’m just going to grab my coffee. ☕
Welcome back! Let’s dive in…
First, fold the piece of paper in half so that you are left with 2 sections.
On the left-hand side, I want you to write WORRIES
On the right-hand side, I want you to write REALITY
Now it’s time to dig deep. I want you to be as open and honest as you can. Remember, no one is going to see this piece of paper. It is for your eyes only.
On the left, where you have written WORRIES, I want you to list every single worry that pops into your head when you think about talking on camera.
Let me give you my example. What I used to worry about the most was: “What will my friends think when they see my videos?”
The idea of my friends watching and laughing at me (not with me) when seeing my videos made me really panic. In fact, it was definitely a huge barrier that delayed my video presence online for a few years.
What worry do you have when it comes to hitting record, talking on camera and publishing videos online? That is what I want you to populate the left-hand side of the paper with now, please.
How many have you got? 5? 25? 2?
There is no right or wrong amount. As long as you have been open and honest, whatever you read on the paper right now is spot on.
Now that you have listed a few of your worries, it’s time for the mindset shift to commence.
On the right-hand side of your paper, where you have titled it REALITY, I want you to counter the WORRIES.
Let me give you an example, based on the worries I shared with you above.
WORRY: “What will my friends think when they see my videos?”
REALITY: “My friends are not my ideal clients and if they are laughing at me, are they really true friends?”
Although this may sound a little extreme, it is the truth, certainly from where I am sitting.
We are all guilty of letting our limiting beliefs and worries be prominent in our minds, but how often do you sit down and counter them with the truth? A few years back, I never did this.
So I want you to ‘reality check’ all of those WORRIES you listed. What is their reality? Suddenly, these worries and limiting beliefs seem less scary right? Because, together, we have softened the blow and taken the sting out of them.
This exercise has been life-changing for me in my recovery from being a nervous wreck on camera to loving every second of it.
“But Harrison, what even is the point in being confident on camera? I don’t think I need to do it… do I?”
You are right. You don’t need to do it.
If you are a business owner looking to scale, build trust and rapport with your ideal clients and skyrocket inbound leads, video is the single best way to make this happen.
Author bio: Harrison Cantel is the commander-in-chief for all things video. Not only has he worked with global companies such as; Microsoft and The Bodyshop… he has also helped hundreds of people just like you to overcome camera shyness and show up and blow up as their true selves.
Whether you are terrified of the camera OR you are looking to generate more inbound leads to your business, Harrison is here to help.
He is a self-diagnosed pizza addict who occasionally accepts pizza as payment.
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LinkedIn profile URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harrisoncantel/