Duncan shares his top tips on Creating Confident Live Content. Here’s how to feel confident about doing just that...
The best advice I can give you is:
By completing your first live video you will realise how easy it really is. Many people feel a huge sense of achievement and empowerment when they look back and see what they have achieved by facing that fear. “I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner” is a really common response.
Of course, the more you practice, the easier it will become. Each time you share a live video you will feel more comfortable and more confident until you almost forget that you ever felt differently about it.
At some point in life and/or business, everyone has felt the same way. It is natural for humans to judge themselves more harshly than they judge others. The good news is: No one cares! That is to say, people will accept you more readily than you will accept yourself. You may be your own biggest critic but the people watching you will have chosen to watch you so they are already more on your side than you are
Feeling nervous before public speaking is a completely natural thing. That nervous response encourages greater focus. When we channel that nervous energy effectively it allows us to think faster and keeps us ‘on the ball’.
Plan an outline with the key points you want to get across. If you write a script out and try to follow it word for word it’s more likely to distract you (and therefore your viewers) from your message. Jot down the key points - maybe have them above or below the camera on post-it notes. This will allow you to flow and speak more naturally while still having a prompt to refer to so you know what to say next.
As part of the planning process, you also may wish to rehearse the key points of what you plan to say.
Nerves have a tendency to make people speed up unnecessarily. By slowing your speech down you will naturally slow your thoughts down, this will lead to feeling calmer. It will also make your presentation more enjoyable and easier to listen to. Spaces and pauses allow your viewers to process the information you have offered and make you seem more confident.
Slowing down and pausing gives you more time to think and focus. Leave that time (which is shorter than it feels) to calmly think about what you want to say next. You don’t need to fill the space with unnecessary sounds. (So, umm, like etc).
There are 2 really simple and natural things you can do that will help you to slow down:
BREATHE - Taking deeper breaths allows you to have more time for your thoughts while also relaxing and calming you more.
DRINK - Have a glass of water available. If you begin to feel less calm than you would like, take a drink. It’s a great way to slow yourself and calm yourself down so that you can regain focus.
BREATHE + DRINK = TIME TO THINK
That’s it, It really is that easy. All that’s left to do now is refer you back to point 1
I challenge you to go live today! It can be about whatever you like. Maybe just a short video to tell people a little about you and your business? Keep it simple, keep it short and tag me in it, I’d be happy to offer you feedback.
If you’re still uncomfortable, get in touch and we can go live together. It’s even easier when you have someone to share the screen with.