Why Watching Yourself on Video is Key to Improving

Watching Yourself on Video 

I’m a big Jerry Seinfeld fan. I love his pursuit of excellence in the craft of joke writing and his observations of the worst irritations of human behaviour. He’s both a purest and a pioneer in TV comedy formats. The obvious examples being “Seinfeld” a sitcom about nothing and “Comedians in Cars getting Coffee.” Yes Jerry is the guy responsible for the deluge of shows of people interviewing people in cars or chicken shops or golf courses or insert whatever meeting place you like.

In a recent interview I watched, I was intrigued to hear how in his early days, Jerry watched all of his chat show interviews and TV stand up routine slots. He said how he would spot the shaky nervousness in his delivery. “I was like a newborn horse in the first one and then your legs start to clam down and your voice calms down and I learned quick.”

We all start off a little shaky. It shouldn’t surprise us that our first attempts at being on camera are a bit ropey to put it kindly. So why do we beat ourselves up or worse still stop altogether and tell ourselves that video isn’t for us, but those people who are good at it?

The ability to present yourself effectively on video is a valuable skill. Mastering the art of being on video can set you apart make you stand out on your audiences timeline and help you build your brand. One of the most effective tools for honing this skill is, no matter how painful it might be, watching yourself on video. Here’s why this self-observation technique is so powerful and how you can use it to your advantage.

Understanding Your On-Camera Presence

Like Jerry, when you watch yourself on video, you gain a perspective that is impossible to achieve otherwise. This out of body experience allows you to see exactly how you appear to others, from your body language and facial expressions to your tone of voice and overall delivery. It provides an unfiltered look at your on-camera presence, highlighting both your strengths and areas for improvement.

Identifying and Correcting Mistakes

Self-observation is like holding up a mirror to your performance. You might notice that you fidget with your hands, speak too quickly, or avoid eye contact with the camera. These are common issues that many people are unaware of until they see themselves on screen. By identifying these mistakes, you can consciously work to correct them in future recordings. Over time, this leads to more polished and confident on-camera performances.

Enhancing Communication Skills

Effective communication on video goes beyond just speaking clearly. It involves a combination of verbal and non-verbal cues. Watching yourself helps you to refine these elements:

  • Body Language: Are you standing or sitting confidently? Are your gestures purposeful or distracting?

  • Facial Expressions: Do your expressions match the message you’re conveying? Are you engaging and expressive enough?

  • Voice Modulation: Is your tone engaging? Are you varying your pitch and pace to maintain interest?

By analysing these aspects, you can make adjustments that enhance your overall communication skills.

Building Confidence

Seeing yourself improve over time is a tremendous confidence booster. Initially, watching yourself on video can be uncomfortable, but as you make adjustments and see positive changes, your confidence grows. This confidence translates into a more relaxed and natural presence on camera, making your audience more likely to connect with you.

Practical Steps to Get Started

  1. Record Regularly: Make a habit of recording yourself regularly. This could be practice sessions, mock presentations, or actual video content.

  2. Review Objectively: Watch your recordings with an objective eye. Take notes on what you did well and what needs improvement.

  3. Seek Feedback: Share your videos with trusted friends or mentors who can provide constructive feedback.

  4. Implement Changes: Based on your observations and feedback, make conscious efforts to improve specific aspects of your on-camera performance.

  5. Repeat the Process: Regular practice and review will lead to continuous improvement.

 

Working With Fearless Video

When you work with Fearless Video we can help advance your performance rapidly. It’s my role as director to spot the bad habits that will make your performance on camera an uncomfortable view and more importantly, help you to put it right. I’m there to independently observe your mannerisms, understand what is uniquely you, help you eliminate the bits of your performance that will make you squirm and encourage you to add bits to your performance that will make you shine.

Creating video content this way will not only, give you a huge confidence boost as you see your potential as a video star grow in front of your eyes, you’ll also make quicker progress and reduce your own presenting frustrations. Like any good coach, having someone who can watch you perform and instantly pinpoint what’s holding you back is going to have you getting better results in much quicker time.

Ultimately watching yourself on video allows you to see yourself as others do, identify and correct mistakes, enhance your communication skills, and helps you feel more comfortable and confident. It’s hard (I know) but incorporating regular self-observation into your video routine, can significantly elevate your video performance, making you a more effective and engaging communicator and one that you’ll learn to accept and your viewers will love.

Further Help With Video

If you would like help with your on screen performance I can help you. Most my life I’ve been coaching and helping people in one way or another, through my various roles in and outside of the video, TV and Film world. You can find out more about that here or you can book a call with me there to discover how creating video content for your business needn’t be torture.