You may not have had to worry about how to be confident on camera before, yet this brave new world of remote working continues to challenge us! Fear not, my top five tips will help you whether it's for remote meetings, virtual presentations or online training.
With so many of us working from home on endless video calls, meetings and presentations, the time has come to really focus in on how to be confident on camera at work. Most of us won't have even considered this before. We just rock-up, maybe switch the camera on if we have to and hope for the best.
Being on camera at work is just as important as when we're face-to-face, because it is an opportunity to influence, and when we influence we each have a choice of how that is a positive or negative influence.
Whether you like it or not, this is the way that the world is going. The more confident we can be presenting in front of the camera, the better the impact on our mindset and the more resilient we start to feel.
Teams work across regions, across countries. Flexible working means that more and more of us are working at home. My cheesy X-Factor journey to becoming camera-confident hasn't always been easy. In the beginning, eight or so years ago, I was too scripted, I didn't feel like I could be myself (not to mention terrible lighting and sound), but at least I was doing it!
Whether you like it or not, this is the way that the world is going.
Fast forward to now, I can show my vulnerability and imperfections and look the camera in the eye to get across what I want to say; whether that's in a virtual meeting or presentation, recording a video or facilitating some online learning and development.
My short video walks you through my top 5 tips on how to be confident on camera at work, whether that's for remote meetings, virtual presentations or online training:
To sit or not to sit?
Look 'em in the eyes
Be your weird authentic self
Silence is golden
Be top-half ready