So when I first started shetalksbiz.com, I knew that I needed to get out of my comfort zone and move beyond just doing written content. I needed to tackle audio and video but there was a problem. For years, I actually hated hearing my voice recorded because I sounded like a kid. On top of that I’m not comfortable with being in front of the camera, which why I try my best to avoid doing face-to-face videos.
Now there are videos of me online being interviewed and I cringe every time I come across them. I know the importance of video, especially now in the online business world, so I made several attempts get past my anxieties without making much progress. I believe the reasoning for this is because I am introvert. I’m very reserved, like to stick to myself, and it take a lot of energy on my part to be social.
So how is all of this working for my business?
Well, it isn’t and this is why I am striving to make a real breakthrough this time around. I’m taking on both audio and video head on at the same time, yet keeping in mind what’s my limit is so I won’t overwhelm myself. Late last year, using the tools I already had access to (Garageband and iMovie on my MacBook), I started creating and publishing videos to my YouTube channel.
Watch this: How I Create my YouTube Videos
I got into a nice routine but I still wasn’t comfortable with turning the camera on myself. Then I came across this video – Three Top Tips to Stop Feeling Nervous on Camera by Veena V of the YT Club.
After watching that video I decided to take a leap and face my fears. So I did a Vlog. I felt awkward talking to my phone in public, all my clips were film in the wrong way (landscape is correct way), and after doing all of that I really just wanted to trash the whole thing. However, the friend I met up with that day encouraged me to go head and published the video. Here’s it is just in case you missed it.
So what did I learn by getting on camera?
Lesson #1 – Practice, Practice, Practice
The more practice you get in, the get the better you will be at doing videos. If I would have practice doing for my vlog prior to the day I wanted to record, I would have realize the correct way to hold my phone, which is horizontally to get the video in landscape. When you record in portrait mode and import the video into your editing software you will get a black bar on each side of the video.
Lesson #2 – To publish vs. Not to publish
So what to do with your “practice” videos? It’s totally up to you. I uploaded and publish mines because I wanted to be able to look back on my progress. Of course YouTube have the option to make videos private or unlisted, if you choose to go ahead upload your video. When you do share your video with the world, remember to block out any of the negativity (especially in the comments) and do not be discourage about any thumbs down your videos might get.
Lesson #3 – It’s never to late to start
I realize that it doesn’t matter that I am getting a late start with doing video content compared to others. The most important thing is that I’m doing it. And not only that I am using what I have already on hand to make it happen, because trying to keep up with the Joneses will leave you broke. I will continue to use my old iPhone and headphone unless one stops working.
Is there something you are shying away from doing in your business?
Now it’s your time to share. Share in the comments below one thing or things that you fear doing and could be negative impacting your business.