Confidence On Camera: Make Amazing Videos, Easily.
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- Overcome your fears and hesitation about being on camera by releasing habitual negative thoughts.
- Feel confident every time you step in front of the lens so that your energy will instantly win over your audience.
- Eliminate awkwardness by connecting with your ideal viewer on the other side of the lens.
- Prepare your material or “script” so each video has a clear purpose and call to action.
- Structure your talking points so you can speak in a conversational and engaging manner.
- Express yourself naturally using dynamic body language while still being yourself on camera.
- Exercise your voice to gain flexibility and range so you can be clearly understood.
- Make a great first impression by looking your best through tips about hair, make-up and wardrobe.
- Set up a great do-it-yourself studio using equipment you likely already own.
- Create amazing videos quickly and easily because you have a proven system for success!
- You will need to have a device that can capture video - a smartphone, webcam, digital recorder is fine.
- Basic lighting equipment can improve the look of your video, but is not necessary
- Additional sound equipment can improve sound quality, but again, is not necessary.
It's time to be amazing on video... And you can do it, I promise you.
Video is one of the most powerful tools to connect with your audience. The thought of putting yourself on camera might seem intimidating at first, but when you know how to do it with ease + confidence - people notice.
And why is this so important? Because people do business (and buy courses!) from individuals they like and trust. And when they can connect with them - by seeing them on camera - they become fans (and students!) for life.
Being on camera is not about playing a role, it's about being yourself - free from inhibition and fear. It's about sharing your most authentic self, in a way that is so engaging, people feel like they know you. In this class, I cover the exact skills you need to:
overcome feelings of doubt and insecurity - so you can be confident on camera
prepare your material - so you speak naturally + offer real value
connect with the lens - so your audience feels like you are talking to them
look your best on camera - so you can impress your fans + still be yourself
create a mini professional studio - so you can get started RIGHT NOW
Let me take the fear out of this process. With over 4.5 hours of video content, I will show you how easy it is to share your BEST SELF on camera. And the videos you will create can be published EVERYWHERE - your courses, on Facebook, in webinars, on Instagram, and with clients - the possibilities are endless.
I'm Alexa and I'm an award-winning, best-selling Udemy instructor for the last seven years. My students share amazing feedback about the results they achieve as well as the unshakable confidence they gain as a result of showing up and doing the work.
"I have spent several hundreds of dollars on video classes and marketing with video classes (seminars, books, courses, etc.), and I learned more in this one class than in everything else combined! Her easy going style of teaching made the daunting idea of making videos seem accessible to me. It took away the fear of having to be "perfect"." - Jennifer, Udemy student
Great news...New content has been added! Get insights into how you can create your own mini studio on a budget! You can create professional looking videos using tips to film with your iPhone and computer. You'll also receive:
how-to videos for lighting
demonstrations with iPhone settings
set up instructions for filming with your computer
TRUE STORIES of how I created videos on the go and in a pinch
What do you have to lose? You have a 30-day money-back guarantee to put these techniques into action. Create a video - and GET MY PERSONAL FEEDBACK - and if you don't see your videos improve - you can always request a refund. It's that simple.
Your audience is waiting to meet you. Enroll NOW.
Hear the reviews!
"I'm so glad that I signed on for this course! Alexa is the real deal. She is so engaging and positive. I felt like she was talking to me and is my biggest booster. So much great information and I now have enough to confidently make my first video in my life. It is such an undertaking for an average person to get into the world of instructional video. Alexa gets it and she offers everything one needs in such a clear and heartfelt way. I can't wait to get started with my adventure in online video presentation. Thank you Alexa!" - Terry
"Alexa is wonderfully engaging, knowledgeable, clear, interesting and relevant. I feel like she's connecting with me one-on-one. But the really cool thing about her is that she totally walks her talk, demonstrating with every word and gesture, with the lighting and sound, with her warmth and energy, what she's teaching in the course. If you want to learn confidence on camera, take this course!" - Richard
"Alexa is so real, honest and personable. I feel like she's talking directly to me. Loving it! She's radiant and glowing, and her authenticity is so captivating." - Joanne
"Excellent course; well paced with an inside-out approach to being on camera. Alexa models her own approach, she really "walks her talks" and communicates an inspiring energy of honest, clear, and focused connection with her audience; exactly what we all need to do in front of our cameras. Thank you Alexa." - Hassan
- Instructors who have built courses and are looking for new ways to engage and grow their fan base.
- Content creators who have yet to share their themselves (not merely their products, articles and services) with their customers and clients.
- Anyone who has longed to leverage video on social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
- YouTube content creators who wish to develop a new, more personal way to deliver their expertise.
- Business owners who want to add personal videos to increase their web traffic, engage with their audience more and delight them with a new level of connection.
Welcome to class! Here is a glimpse at all the content we will be covering in the course so you will feel totally prepared to create your own amazing videos featuring YOU! Being comfortable and confident on camera is a process and in this course I will show you how to:
- transform negative thoughts that have been keeping you from making videos
- build a strategy for creating content so you'll always know what to say
- speak with ease, so you'll be conversational and easy to relate to
- look and feel your best with my tips on clothing, make-up and hair!
- connect with the lens so you can engage your viewer - even when you can't see them!
- practice in everyday situations so you feel prepared when it comes time to film
I'm an online student, just like you. If you want to get the most out of this course, here are my simple suggestions. Watch and see how easy it will be to watch the lessons, implement the material, stay positive along the way and achieve incredible results by the end. You've invested in yourself and you have amazing fans just waiting to meet you.
I'm excited to announce that I've just produced more content for this course! Thank you for your awesome feedback. It's my pleasure to offer additional resources for you to learn how to be amazing on camera. Have any additional requests? Send them my way! Enjoy...
In case you were looking for a quick refresher of my favorite tips to build confidence and ease, this is the article to read! Have it handy when you are ready to get filming. A little reminder helps keep you focused and ready to share your best self. Trust me!
In this course, I'm teaching you how to be confident and the best way to do that is by addressing those pesky negative thoughts that have been holding you back. You see, energy is contagious and when you walk into a room with strong, positive thoughts, everyone around you feels it. The same is true on camera! In this article, you will preview the lessons we will learn in the section, including:
how to identify the habitual negative thoughts you have about being on camera
teaching you how to release them using energy medicine techniques
how to re-train your mind for success by finding your Anchoring Statement
It's time to share your best self with the world!
Oh, the power of positive thoughts! When you are having fun, enjoying sharing your story, feeling good and teaching with enthusiasm, people feel it. They love to watch you because you make them FEEL GOOD. They become hungry for more of that good energy and inspired teaching. They feel connected to you and inspired to KEEP WATCHING. It's win-win!
This video will teach you my secret to letting your self-consciousness disappear so you can focus on the person you are speaking to...on the other side of the lens.
Now that you have your goals in mind, let's turn the tables and talk about those sneaky negative thoughts that have been holding you back from creating videos until now. You see, when you bring those negative thoughts into the light of day, they immediately lose their power. In this video, I will teach you how to get very specific about your fears and hesitations so you can get rid of them once and for all. Now, don't get all panicky here. Believe me, it's totally normal to be a little intimidated when you start something new. Just trust that you are going to be amazing. (And YES, I will make sure you are AMAZING), but let's kick those fears and insecurities to the curb. Use the attached worksheet in the resources of this lecture. Good luck!
Now that you’ve identified and pictured (and even NAMED) an imaginary moment when you are nervous on camera, let’s go ahead and release that negative narrative once and for all. In this video, I’m sharing a simple technique, Emotional Stress Release (ESR) that will help calm your mind and transform this upsetting “movie” into a more positive scenario - one where you are sharing your message effortlessly on camera. Please be sure to download the handout in lecture 5 for more details and guidance. I've also attached an additional resource about ESR inside this lecture.
It's high time you had a solid foundation of confidence to build upon so every time you go to produce your videos, your energy is not drained by habitual negative thoughts. Wouldn't that be nice? In this video, I show you the power of transforming your negative thoughts into statements that make you feel confident every time you step in front of the lens. Remember, what you focus on expands, so we want to make sure your thoughts are your fuel every step of your video creation journey. It helps, trust me!
Excited by what we have covered so far? Is your mind racing with a million video ideas? Are you poised for video domination? Slow down, I say, slow down! Before you start buying fancy video equipment (you don't need to!), I want to give you advice about the critical first step… PRACTICE.
Do not wait until the stakes are high and you set up for the first time to create the best-promo-video-ever-to-make-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-in-sales. It will not work. It will be awkward. You will be disappointed. And stressed out. And want to give up on the whole idea.
Instead, practice, practice, and practice some more. And you will be AMAZING. I'll show you how.
Are you sooooooo excited to create amazing videos? Can't wait!? Chomping at the bit?! Great! You'll need that enthusiasm to keep you motivated as you create INTENTIONAL opportunities to practice. It's not enough to just casually do a few FaceTime calls. That's not the real practice you need.
In this video I will review a few guidelines to getting the MOST out of your practice sessions.
- Setting Your Intention
- Planning Your Material
- Looking at the Lens
It's a simple as one-two-three!
Connecting to your audience doesn't need to be complicated or overwhelming. Trust me. I've distilled my best practices into 5 easy tips. These bonus videos are from my blog. Enjoy:
- Know Your Audience: Your Ideal Student
- How to Love the Lens
- Keeping Your Content Short + Sweet
- The Importance of Adding Calls to Action
- The Power of Practice
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It's quite challenging to look into a lens and imagine a million people staring at you, or worse, no one is watching... You are just speaking into this empty abyss. The secret to being engaging on camera is to know how to identify the perfect person to speak to the moment you hit record. That's right, you are imagining this conversation and when you can do it well, every persona watching you, feels like you are talking to them. Instant connection!
It's pretty easy to get distracted online, right? When you are producing content, be it a video blog posts or a short about me video, I find that it's better to leave people wanting more. When you keep your content short and sweet, you challenge yourself to be concise with what you want to say, and it allows more people the ability to hear all of it, because it's less of a time commitment. When you get a video link, don't you check how long it is before you hit play? I know. Me too.
Once the camera is rolling it is very easy to get distracted. Here is a very simple trick I teach ALL my students so they can remember how to:
- engage with the person they are speaking to
- share their warmth and enthusiasm
- stay connected to the other person on the other side of the lens
As any great marketing expert will tell you, always give your audience direction. Quite simply, tell them what to do! The same holds true for video. When you are creating your video content, take a moment to consider what action you want your viewer to take after the video is over. Chances are, you already know that answer. Now, you simply need to incorporate it into your message!
Mastering any skill takes practice. The good news is that there are so many wonderful ways to practice getting comfortable on camera. In this video I share some of my favorite suggestions. You can tap into the power of:
- video conferencing
- Google Hangouts
When it comes to video creation, planning your material is critical. Whether you are filing a short blog video or producing a more detailed video presentation of your course material, if you follow some simple guidelines your audience will be able to follow along easily. In this lesson I cover:
- How to structure your content so you have a strong beginning, middle and end.
- How to transform a script into powerful bullet points or "thought bubbles"
- How to release the script so you can be more conversational while presenting
Now that you have a sense of the general best practices for structuring your content, use this article to help you craft your message. If you prefer to write a script, great! Use that text to take it one step further by creating "thought bubbles". See for yourself how it will change the way you deliver your content. Ultimately it's up to you to find the place where you feel most comfortable.
If I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times. If you are having fun, your audience is having fun. Having a fabulous on-camera presence is about releasing your inhibitions and allowing your incredible energy to shine. It takes practice, it's true, but when you do something enough, you begin to feel more confident and free.
When you plug into what you LOVE when you are teaching, your students feel it. They appreciate it. And they come back to learn from you because they like and trust you.
It's time to unleash your inner superstar.
I don't consider myself a fashionista, but I do think it's a good idea to think about what you will wear when you are filming. The truth is, your clothes tell a story and you want to give careful consideration to what story you are sharing. In this lesson, I will show the key to connecting with your ideal viewer so that you can share your best self. You will learn how to:
- Consider Your Audience
- Wear Clothes that Compliment your Body
- Wear Clothes that Make You Feel Great
Remember, every detail in your video is telling a story, and how to present yourself on camera is as important as the words you say.
I know you want to put your best self in front of the camera. Who wouldn't? Here are my best tips to polish your look. Remember, it takes about 2 seconds for someone to make a first impression, so let's make sure yours is amazing. In this section I will show you tips for looking great on-camera including wardrobe, hair and make-up suggestions. After years on set as a professional actress, I know a thing or two! Finally, I'll the secret to really looking great... LIGHTING. You can achieve great results with some basis rules of set up as well as some simple equipment you can pick up at the hardware store.
Have you ever noticed that when you are speaking with someone you know and like, you are never, ever thinking about what your hands are doing? It's true. You are simply engaged in the conversation, effortlessly connecting. Now, wouldn't that be lovely if that's how you felt every time you looked into the lens? Well, you can… with practice. In this video, I discuss the power of body language as a tool to feel great and radiate confidence... at the same time.
To see Amy Cuddy's TED talk, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc
Now that you understand the principles of confident body language, let's discuss the best practices in delivering your material. In this video I discuss Standing vs. Sitting... a critical consideration when it's time for you to deliver your message.
In this article I review my recommendations for looking and feeling your best. Your body and voice are such incredible instruments of expression. When you bring your attention to all the ways you can move and speak, you can truly present your BEST self. Keep these suggestions handy before you film. I know it will help you shine!
Your voice is an instrument and like any instrument, the more you practice and play, the more expressive you become. So, how to you train your voice so you your audience can understand every word and actually enjoy hearing the sound of your voice? It's easy with these simple steps.
- Do a vocal warm-up
- Listen for vocal habits
- Practice articulation
- Embrace Your Accent
Isn't technology amazing? I read that Annie Leibovitz, the famous American photographer, recommended the iPhone as her favorite everyday camera. Her phone! We are living in the golden age of recording ourselves. What devices do you already have that can record video? In this video I'll show you how you may already have everything you need to get started...
Now you may think that you need lots of expensive equipment to get started filming amazing, business-building videos. Think again! In this PDF, I share my favorite recommendations for relatively inexpensive equipment. Please note that the items I link to are offered in the United States, so use the detailed descriptions of each item to locate similar equipment in your country.
If they are not available, no need to worry. This course is designed for you to have the tools you need to experiment and play with equipment you likely already own. Use lamps, natural daylight from windows, clamps in the garage... anything at all! Remember, the most important aspect of the video is YOU!
If you have any specific questions, please send them my way!
I just discovered the joy and ease of this little gem - A car phone mount that you use on your WINDOW. Great, natural lighting when you're filming with your phone. A flexible mini tripod that's portable and inexpensive. Hip Hip! You can check it out right here: MPOW Car Phone Mount -https://tinyurl.com/y8e8w6g9
I've added this resource to the Equipment Recommendation List that you can find in Lecture 29. Happy filming!
Now that you are ready to unleash your inner superstar on camera, it's time to start preparing the space where you will be filming. When you are creating a video, you must remember that EVERY DETAIL tells a story. We have addressed your content, your delivery and even your appearance. Now we will examine the setting.
In this video, I will discuss the importance of:
- The background
- Ease and accessibility of your filming space
- The power of privacy
Making professional looking videos can be as simple as using your iPhone with a tripod and an attachment. I've listed some of my favorite pieces of equipment in Lecture 34, the handout "The Equipment You Need to Get Started" and here are some quick links to use as well:
Tripod example: Any one will do! Find the one that suits your budget! https://tinyurl.com/ya2cytgl
Joby example: This mini tripod is great for shooting on the go! https://tinyurl.com/yb4fb9ub
This Joby comes with a tripod mount: https://tinyurl.com/yaf5qncx
Smartphone mount: This pice is essential for attaching your smartphone safely to your tripod. https://tinyurl.com/yd9jvwtm
Here's another important tip when filming with a smartphone! Most cameras have an autofocus feature when using video. In this lecture, I'm going to show you how to use the iPhone's autofocus. If you have a different model, no worries, I'm sure your camera has this feature as well. Simply search online for "How to use autofocus with my (insert make and model of your smartphone)"
Is your camera of choice your computer? Great! Here are my tips to make the most out of your computer's lens... In this lecture, I mention a few items. You are welcome to use these descriptions and find one that's right for you!
Microphones that work well with computers:
Blue Yeti USB microphone: https://tinyurl.com/ybcx9poa
Audio-Technica Condenser Microphone: https://tinyurl.com/y8bjvpxt
I was on vacation in a rental home when I learned of an opportunity to be interviewed on a live web-streamed "TV" show. I'm not one to turn things down, so I said, "Sure!" and promptly scrounged around the house to see if I could pull it off, making it look as professional as possible. This is what happened!
Never underestimate the power of great lighting! Your skin magically looks better, your eyes glow and you naturally pop in front of the background. This one aspect of video production is really very critical for you to actually like the way you look on camera! In this video I share some important lighting guidelines to keep in mind so you can look polished and professional.
In this video you will see a demonstration of how to find your ideal light in an office environment. By using the front facing camera, you will be able to see for yourself, which camera position gives you the best lighting. Check it out! This is a bonus lecture, from my earlier course, "Web Video 101: Easily Make Web Videos With Your Smartphone!". This course has been retired... Why, you ask? Because the course you are taking right now is the new and improved version! : )