How to Be Confident on Camera (5 Tips)

Video Creator: Ali Abdaal

Do you freeze up or feel self-conscious when speaking on camera?

You’re not alone.

Many people struggle with “camera confidence”, feeling awkward or shy when appearing on video calls, creating social media content, or doing video interviews.

Imagine being able to speak with compelling confidence and magnetism whenever you’re on screen. What opportunities could open up in your life and career?

Building camera confidence is like strength training at the gym: With consistent practice and small wins, you gradually build your ‘muscles’ and become more powerful over time.

After implementing just a few key strategies, you’ll be surprised at how much more confident, compelling, and charismatic you can become on camera.

Here are some top tips to boost your on-camera presence:

Actionable Items from the Video

  • Adopt a “coffee chat” mindset when appropriate. Imagine you’re casually conversing with a friend, rather than performing. This creates a more authentic vibe.
  • Embrace imperfection. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Allow your natural personality and quirks to shine through.
  • Speak through a smile. This instantly makes you seem more engaged and enthusiastic.
  • Use natural hand gestures and body language. Avoid stiff or nervous gestures. Move your hands expressively in the frame.
  • Warm up your voice and energy before filming. Sing or do vocal exercises to get out of your head.
  • Practice on video calls with friends. The more reps you get in, the more comfortable you’ll become.

Our Takeaway

Camera confidence and public speaking is something I’ve always struggled with.

To work on this, I’ve added ON CAMERA PRACTICE to my daily to-do list on Notion, and I’ve already noticed a difference after just a few short weeks.

With the right techniques and consistent effort, you can overcome shyness and become a confident, magnetic presence on camera.

The more you practice, the more natural it will feel.

Soon you’ll be able to command attention and connect with audiences whether you’re on a video call, delivering a presentation, or producing online content.

Your Turn

Have you overcome your on-camera shyness? What techniques did you use? Or is building camera confidence something you need to actively work at?

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