Step Three: Create a script or outline.
Even (or especially) short videos need an outline to make sure you stick to the important points and have a prompt if you get tongue-tied.
I don’t recommend you use a script unless you can deliver that message like you’re having a conversation - scripts can provide more hassle as you struggle to memorise and be word perfect, instead of just getting on there and saying what you have to say!
For simple to create video outlines I recommend using my Ultimate Video Message Planner, which also helps you rehearse and review to improve your delivery quickly.
Step Four: Bring a friend.
Sometimes it's easier to speak to someone in the room holding a camera than talk to a lonesome lens. If you're going live, you can ask a friend to join the live from their place or another room so you know you're not talking to yourself! Use the variety of pace, tone and volume that you would when you’re talking to your friend to liven up your delivery!
Step Five: Allow plenty of time and don't forget the light!
Getting all set up and feeling ready to go can take longer initially, and if you're planning on filming in daylight you want to allow plenty of time for multiple takes while you get your groove on. Allow 4x the length of your video for shooting, e.g. a 15-min video may take you an hour to set up and film, in the early days.
Step Six: Batch your filming.
As the previous point suggests, the set up can be time-consuming so plan out multiple videos for one session. Once you're warmed up and in confident "presenter-mode", it becomes easier to create more videos than do the entire set up for your next video another day (and this way you can't wriggle out of making those videos!)
If you're planning on going live, why not follow your live by filming a little bonus content? An extra tip that you didn't share on the live could become a bonus video that you share exclusively with your mailing list. Bonus content = bonus engagement!
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We can easily create a plan that has you focused on building your camera confidence to share your knowledge and make new connections online more easily.
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