"I feel so awkward!" Looking natural on camera IS possible.
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
It’s an understatement to say that the Coronavirus crisis is pushing us out of our comfort zones in countless ways. For most, our professional routines are broken as we adjust to remote working, limited engagement opportunities and changing financial realities. These are challenging times, and we need to keep our chins up.
And now they want me to be on video?! For those of you who find yourselves working from home, and being encouraged to use videos to communicate, and are absolutely dreading it because because it feels so weird, here are a few tips that might help.
Look directly at the camera. Most people tend to look at their face on screen or they try to look anywhere but at the camera itself. Especially if filming selfie-style, don't look at your face. Look directly at the camera. While it might hat will appear the most natural.
Pretend like you’re talking to a friend or colleague. You’re just having a conversation. That’s it. You’re not presenting, you’re not making a movie… you’re just having a conversation.
Don’t script it. Since you’re not presenting and you’re not shooting a movie - since you’re just having a conversation - don’t script it. There’s no need and it will likely feel unnatural.
Beyond those quick tips, we can say that it will get easier. Practice. It will start to feel more natural. Keep at it.