Well, it freaked me out, too, in the beginning. And to show you, I thought I would dig up some of my first videos and compare them to recent ones.
Let’s start with some video emails. Those of you who follow my blog know I geek out over eyejot.com. Here is my very first video email, shot in 2008. I can barely watch this. Am I some kind of animatronic robot?
Ok, stop laughing.
Now, here is a video I recently shot to send as a follow-up to 200+ webinar attendees. This was done on the first take.
No, I don’t like the way I am rocking back and forth like I have to go to the bathroom, but overall, it’s much better then the first video, no?
Next up—here you can view one of my first video messages that I shot for YouTube.
I asked for feedback on this, and here were some of the responses: “Why are you so quiet? Are their kids sleeping in the office next to you?” and “Is there a reason why you are whispering?” Lesson learned.
Now, here is a more recent video.
So, pop quiz—What do you think the difference is between the first videos and the more recent ones? The first thing that comes to my mind is confidence. I was nervous in those first videos and it showed, right? Now, I consider myself to be a fairly confident guy, but seeing yourself on camera and using a different medium to communicate a message can be daunting. Watching these first videos makes me cringe, but it’s a good reminder. I’ve seen very talented public speakers collapse under the pressure of shooting a video. If you are not used to it, it just feels weird.
Do you know what helped me get over that? I just shot a boatload of videos. Practice, practice, practice! I am pushing close to a 1,000 videos via YouTube, streaming webinars, video emails, and public/private trainings. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but now I am much more relaxed and confident.
You will be, too. If you are just starting out, keep at it. If you are nervous, suck it up. If you don’t like the way you look, get over it. I still believe this is one of the biggest game changers in professional selling so get started superstar!