Heaven High and Happy Thursday!
Probably the single biggest problem that keeps people from getting comfortable with using more video is camera shyness but I recently realized there’s a way to sneak up on that problem of camera shyness and gradually overcome it. Know what it is?
That’s right. Most people that I’ve ever worked with (and I’ve worked with a lot) are a lot more comfortable talking into a microphone than standing in from of a camera. Matter of fact, I got an audio file just the other day (it was a business matter) from a guy who otherwise isn’t known for his confidence in front of a camera.
As I was listening to the information on his audio it occurred to me that, “Hey….this guy sounds almost like a trained radio announcer!” So…I later told him how good I thought he sounded and he was very surprised but appreciative.
I doubt that, in his case, he’ll ever get into using video to promote his business like I’ve always encouraged him to do but he was intrigued with the idea of putting some audio (also know as ‘podcasts’) on his website. He really knows a lot about his business and actually loves to talk about it. Just…not in front of a camera icon smile.
So that’s what I want to encourage all of you to do. It’s super easy to make audio files. Decent mics are dirt cheap today and there’s a lot of different kinds of recording software that’s free too. Also…Google happens to hold audio in very high regard.
I know how effective audio is because I’m old enough to remember the latter years of the golden age of radio. Many of the early Hollywood stars actually had lots of radio experience. No doubt about it….the voice is very powerful. In using the spoken word, just as I teach about making effective videos, internalization and a feeling of ‘realness’ and confidence is very important.
It just so happens that it’s a lot easier to feel that way when you’re just talking to a mic instead of in front of a camera. So…I’d like to suggest that you learn something about making podcasts. They’re actually lots of fun and you don’t even have to put your pants on if you don’t feel like it.
As you may know, there are several very popular websites that are nothing but podcasts. You can actually start a program on these sites for free. It’s a great way to develop strong communication skills and confidence. The next thing after that is just adding a camera. All the popular radio talk show hosts have already done it….transitioned from pure audio into occasional video. I know you can too.
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Well, until next time! B BOP!