Camera Confidence Media Training: Be Better On Camera

Feel more confident on camera! Great for reporters, YouTubers, Udemy teachers, interviewees, journalists, video creators
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Be better on camera with more confidence, authority, and comfort!

Do you get nervous when speaking on camera?

Do you wish you felt more confident and had a better on camera presence?

Are you trying to be on television, a YouTube vlogger, or an online teacher?

Do you have to be on camera for an interview, and need quick media training?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the perfect course for you. Camera Confidence, will help you feel more confident, speak more clearly, and have an overall better on camera presence no matter what kind of video you are a part of.

Learn from a television professional!

Christian Hartnett is a multimedia journalist with over a decade of on camera experience. He has a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism and was recently the youngest field reporter for CBS San Francisco. He's learned many tips and tricks over the years that have helped him be successful. He's also made a lot of mistakes and struggled to be confident on camera, just like you.

Course Overview:

  • Start off with daily routines that help you speak better
  • Learn the basics of on camera preparation
  • Be more passionate and ready for your topics with research, outlining, and scripting,
  • Practice speaking on camera and get our helpful feedback to improve
  • Use your body (voice, breathing, face, eyes, mouth, hands, arms, legs) to be more comfortable on camera
  • Learn specific techniques to be better for TV appearances, YouTube vlogs, and online courses

What makes this class the best? Practice & get feedback!

To succeed in this course, you'll need to take action and participate in our practice exercises. Some of these include submitting practice videos where we'll give you honest, critical, and helpful feedback. Use this feedback to improve!

Enroll now to be better on camera!

Increase your confidence for your next video, television appearance, YouTube vlog, or online course.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!

Cheers,

Phil & Christian

What are the requirements?

  • Students don't need to have any experience on camera before taking this course.
  • Students will be asked to take part in course exercises that include recording sample videos. Any camera, smart phone, or computer with webcam that can record video will work well.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • be more confident on camera
  • speak clearly and with comfort on camera
  • enjoy being on camera
  • understand the basics of being on camera as a TV reporter, anchor, journalist
  • create better YouTube videos & online courses

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who needs to be on camera, but is struggling to feel confident about your voice and appearance.
  • This course is for TV reporters, anchors, journalists, spokepeople, YouTubers, vloggers, online teachers.
  • This course is NOT necessarily for people who have years of experience being on camera and already feel comfortable and confident.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Let's Dive Right In
03:23

Welcome to the Camera Confidence course! We're so excited to have you here. In this video, we'll cover how this course works, and give you some more information about the instructors.

02:21

Being great on camera or on the microphone requires you to appear comfortable. And I don’t necessarily mean comfortable as in relaxed and composed. I mean, comfortable enough in yourself to say what you want to say in a way that you want to express it. If you’re doing a video about a very emotional topic, you don’t want to talk like a news anchor! Allow yourself to show emotion by speaking as if you were talking to your closest friend. Here are some tips to getting you started. It’ll take a constant effort on your part.

02:49

Welcome to the first exercise of this course! We like to include exercises to get you to take action and retain the information from this class. Typically, we ask students to introduce them to the other students in this course by just writing out their name, where they're learning from, and why they are taking this class. But because this is an on camera confidence class, we want you to do it via video! Just record a quick little video with your phone or webcam, post it to YouTube, and share the link in a discussion post.

02:10

At home, in the shower, in the car, in public. Talk about what you’re going to do today, where you are going, what you’re excited about. The more you talk, the more comfortable you’ll get with your voice, your mannerisms.

02:14

Here's a quick message from Phil about leaving a review for this course.

02:25

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

03:49

This can be as simple as saying hello and responding with more than just “good” when a person responds with “hello, how are you.” This helps you get out of your own insecurities and forces you to have a true interaction with people, which is what you will be doing when you’re on-camera. I guarantee if you have more real interactions with real people in real life, your on-cam presence will improve dramatically.

01:12
Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to talk to yourself for a few minutes today and to engage in a real conversation with a complete stranger.
00:51

In this lesson, Christian walks you through how to talk to yourself.

Section 2: Before the Camera Starts Rolling (Conceptual Tips)
01:27

Welcome to a new section in the Camera Confidence course. In this video, we'll give an overview of what we'll be covering in this section.

01:57

Eating right, exercise, sleep, stay well groomed. In my experience, I have ALWAYS performed subpar when I’m either sleep deprived, hungry, out of shape, not looking my best, or a combination of those. A healthy body and mind will absolutely help you appear and feel your best and will keep you sharp.

01:10

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

01:31

Don’t go into something you aren’t interested in or aren’t infinitely curious about. It will show.

02:34

Thorough research will help you come across as natural and credible. This doesn’t just apply to news journalists. Plus, thorough research will allow you to speak ad-lib about your subject. And that’s crucial. If you can’t speak about your subject without your notes in front of you, you haven’t done enough preparation. Know your material.

02:06

Get involved. This will keep the creative juices and passion flowing. Leave comments on youtube videos that are related to what you speak about. Leave comments on blogs.

02:48

For organization purposes. Physically write or type an outline for your video. This doesn’t need to be extremely detailed but it will help you build a proper story structure for your topic.

01:31
Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to write out a video outline for your sample video.
Section 3: Practice Makes Perfect
00:47
Welcome to a new section in the Camera Confidence course. In this video, we'll give an overview of what we'll be covering in this section.
03:02

Webcam, phone, video camera…it doesn’t matter. And make sure you watch it. Do this as often as possible. Consider starting a Youtube channel to keep you accountable and to give yourself an outlet to actually publish some of this work.

02:17

Feedback is key to improving. Send emails/leave comments on blogs/youtube channels/etc. to people involved in your niche and some may respond. Don’t be discouraged if some of the feedback is brutal. Practice and passion makes perfect.

01:43

Practice, practice, practice. It takes more than once to get perfect. So we want you to repeat your practice exercise and continue to get more feedback.

02:00
Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.
01:08
Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to create and submit a practice video of you talking on camera.
Section 4: How to Use Your Body to Your Advantage
00:49

There are so many ways our body language can help and hurt us while on camera. I’m going to break down how to gain control over your body and harness it’s power to convey emotion and to defeat nervousness. In doing so, you will dramatically improve your on-camera presence.

02:01

Typically, you’ll want to BRING IT more than you think. Many times you’ll replay a video and think you are lackluster or lacking energy. More often than not, projecting comes out much better on-cam. Don’t worry about having a deep voice or an authoritative voice, unless authority is what you are trying to convey (reporters, anchors, CEOs). Embrace your voice and forget how you sound. People will forgive an imperfect voice. They won’t forgive a voice that doesn’t sound passionate.

02:01

This is very crucial! It’s easy to get out of breath when you are talking on camera (nervousness, thinking too much, etc.). Focus on remaining calm and breathing as normal. Pauses are ok! They are natural. Otherwise the non-stop talking will become overwhelming and you’ll be out of whack. Pro tip: Take 10 seconds to do slow and controlled deep breathing exercises before filming. This will energize you, calm the nervousness, and bring focus.

03:29

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

02:10

Look into the lens when making a point. Talk to the camera as you would look into someone’s eyes when speaking with them. However, don’t remain transfixed! Look around, move your head, etc. Allow your face to contort, your forehead to wrinkle, your eyebrows to furrow if that is what you would naturally do while speaking to your closest friend about that particular subject. The face holds the key to emotion. Tip: speak in the mirror about a particular event that happened to you today or yesterday. Talk about it in detail and describe how it made you feel. Smile, frown, wrinkle your face in disgust….and take note of how that emotion shows up on your face. Do this often.

02:09

Talk with energy and emotion! Hand movements are great and natural. Talking with your hands can help portray many emotions. This is why it’s best to speak on camera with nothing in your hands. If you can’t move your hands, you are prone to nervousness since you can’t release that emotion (try avoiding hand held microphones for this reason). Also, worst thing is to focus so hard on keeping hands still. You look like a wooden board. Instead, get out of your head and let those hands and arms move! Much easier this way.

01:39

I always prefer to speak on camera while standing. It shows authority and confidence. It’s much easier to let the energy flow through your body when standing. You may shift your weight back and forth and that’s ok. Movement is good! See a pattern here?

02:10

Throw those shoulders back and correct any slouching. This will help you breath better and feel better. It takes practice though! We sit with our arms forward all the time (driving, typing, eating) and correcting that takes time. Try focusing on your posture during every day activities and trying to improve it and it will come naturally.

01:28

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

04:24

We received a question from a student asking for tips on how to physically appear better on camera (i.e. how to look slimmer, less shiny, and the best way to position the camera). In this video, Christian tackles that subject.

00:59
Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to practice using your body with the tips we covered in this section.
Section 5: Having Great Presence on Television
01:45
Welcome to a new section in the Camera Confidence course. In this video, we'll give an overview of what we'll be covering in this section.
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In this lecture, we'll look at some great examples of other television personalities to get a feel for what it takes to have great camera presence.

03:47

In this lesson, we'll cover the ways that will improve your authority for television on camera situations.

01:55
Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.
05:28

Here are our top 5 tips for better television camera presence.

02:07

Here's a sample television report starring your teacher Christian Hartnett. Take a look and see how he is using what he's taught you in this class so far in his live TV broadcast.

00:58

Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to record an sample tv report using the tips we gave you in this section.

Section 6: Having Great Presence as a YouTuber
00:50
Welcome to a new section in the Camera Confidence course. In this video, we'll give an overview of what we'll be covering in this section.
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In this lecture, we'll look at some great examples of other YouTubers to get a feel for what it takes to have great camera presence.
03:09

What's the line between showing off your personality and maintaining a professionalism that gives you authority?

02:27
Here are our top 5 tips for better television camera presence.
01:08
Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to record an YouTube video using the tips we gave you in this section.
Section 7: Having Great Presence as an Online Instructor
01:03
Welcome to a new section in the Camera Confidence course. In this video, we'll give an overview of what we'll be covering in this section.
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In this lecture, we'll look at some great examples of other online teachers to get a feel for what it takes to have great camera presence.

02:23

In this lecture, we'll give you ideas for engaging with students through online course videos.

03:32
Here are our top 5 tips for better television camera presence.
01:12

Woohoo! You finished another section. At the end of each section, we include a practice exercise to help you actually learn what we covered in this section. This section's exercise to record an online lecture using the tips we gave you in this section.

Section 8: Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes 1 - The Beginnings of an On Camera Career
Preview
14:25
Behind the Scenes 2 - From College to Career
10:14
Behind the Scenes - The Future
05:35
Section 9: Conclusion
00:28

Thank you so much for taking this course. We truly hoped you enjoyed it. Let us know if you have any suggestions on how to improve the course, and please check out our other courses.

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Instructor Biography

Phil Ebiner, Best Selling Instructor, 215,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.


Instructor Biography

Christian Hartnett, Multimedia Journalist

As a young teenager, Christian threw himself into the world of broadcasting, specifically as an on-air personality, journalist, and sports play-by-play voice. The path was not clear at the time, but consistent effort led him to more and more opportunities.

While attending Chapman University, Christian jumped at every opportunity he got to practice his skills in professional environments. He was a television news reporter for a small station in Orange County, Garden Grove Channel 3. He was the play-by-play voice for Long Beach State baseball, basketball, and volleyball.

Shortly after graduating, Christian became a professional television news reporter on the beautiful Central Coast of California. He worked for KCOY Channel 12, the CBS affiliate for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. He shot the video, wrote the script, and edited the finished product for each one of his stories. Christian quickly became recognized as a rising talent in the television news scene.

In 2014, KPIX-5 CBS San Francisco offered Christian a reporter position at their station. Christian became the youngest reporter in the SF Bay Area, the #6 news market in the country.

Christian is now pursuing another challenge: using the skills he's learned over many years to live a lifestyle on his own terms.

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