We know it's hard to be in front of a camera, and even more to connect with your audience, so here are a few tips that will help you.
Strike a pose, the proper way
Standing straight with shoulders up is a sign of respect that also sends a signal to your audience that you know what you are talking about. On YouTube, your fans look to you both for entertainment but also for guidance in some areas. If you want them to believe in you, make sure your pose is the correct one to show confidence in your video material.
Write a script or improvise
Having a script to follow is great so you keep on topic at all times and you pass all the details you want to share with your audience, however, if you look and sound like you are just reading word per word on a script, it may have a negative effect in the connection you are trying to create with your audience. There is a balance to have here, so it's ok to add a few unscripted notes to add to the topic you are talking about. Another way is to create a script just with bullet points, instead of using a full text. This way you can keep track of the main points you want to share with your audience and elaborate more with your thoughts and ideas as you remember them.
Be relax and loosen up
Each person has a way to loosen up, so here are a few ideas of what you can do before recording a video, so you can check what works best for you:
Watch a funny video.
Watch an inspirational video.
Think of a good memory and enjoy that moment again.
Think of you crush or loved one.
Surround yourself with things that make you feel comfortable and happy. Dress up, pick up your coffee cup, and put your feet on the grass.
People like to see smiles, so smiling is always a great way to engage with your audience with positivity.
Slow, concise, and understandable
Talking slow can help your audience understand you better, gives them time to process the information you are sharing, thus building up that connection with you. If your audience doesn't understand you, they are likely to move on to another channel. This also gives you more time to think what to say next, keeping you ideas and examples clear, relevant and easily understandable.
Drink some water, keep hydrated
Ok, so this may look like basic but, if you are a fast talker (which you shouldn't!), create long sentences, or for speak for extended periods of time, you will notice that your voice will not sound the same from beginning to end if you don't drink some fluids to hydrate your throat. Remember to take care of yourself so you can keep creating content that awesome content you love.
Practice, practice, practice
Practice leads to perfection, it's as simple as that. Practice in front of a mirror if you have to, or ask a friend or family member to watch your performance and give you feedback. This will give you ideas on where to improve.
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