I’ve never been keen on being filmed, however, that’s going to change. As of today, 13th May 2017, I start a personal challenge – to be confident in front of the camera. I know I’m not the only one who’s camera shy, so in view of the fact it might help someone else too; I’m sharing how I’m going to achieve my goal.
I fall slightly on the introvert side of the introvert-extrovert spectrum, so it may be surprising to learn that I’m a Trainer. I enjoy helping others learn new computer software skills and have done so for many years now. At first, presenting to an audience didn’t come easy but I knew that to do what I wanted to do I had to push myself and step outside my comfort zone. After delivering many training sessions, speaking in front of a group is now a lot easier and, I love it!
As technology evolved, different training environments became available. I developed new skills to design and deliver content online via webinar. Although available, I never got round to sharing my webcam.
In 2013, I was asked to create a series of video tutorials with voice narration. Whilst this was an exciting new challenge I didn’t like the sound of my own voice. After researching hints and tips, some practice and great feedback, I now find I actually enjoy it.
So to my personal challenge of 2017. I run a training company and I help others to create effective and engaging videos. We discuss the advantages of including the presenter in the videos. These include making a personal connection, improving viewer engagement to name but a few. Rather than just talk the talk, I feel I really should experience being on camera and begin to include myself in videos too. After all, if I’m encouraging others to do it, I really should be able to do it myself. Hence today is the day I push my personal boundary and begin to overcome my camera shyness. I’m on my way to London to attend a TV Training taster session on how to be a better presenter for video.
Find out how I get on in Chapter 1.…will I be on video? I’d love to hear if you have similar experiences.