So have you hopped on the Periscope bandwagon yet? No??? You definitely need to be over there. You can read more about why here. But I don’t even want to talk to you about why you should be on Periscope.
I want to talk to you about why you might not be on Periscope.
And the number one reason I keep hearing from people is… drum roll… camera shyness.
Camera shyness is the worst, right? You get those silly butterflies in your stomach… the cold sweat. You start imagining getting in front of the rolling camera and stuttering your way into having people think that you really are totally awkward and weird.
Ahem. That might just be me. That’s definitely me.
But you know what? I love Periscope! Adore it. And I’m probably the most shy person evah. So how do I do it? How am I happily getting in front of the camera when I struggled so much with it? Easy.
- Recognize camera apprehension it totally normal.
Even the most extroverted people will tell you they have to pump themselves up sometimes. If the outgoing person has to do that, that should tell you something.
Cameras just make people nervous! Own that truth. It’ll help edge out that “I’m weird” feeling. Again. That’s totally me thinking that I’m weird.
Get in front of your camera and just get cozy with it. Make faces at yourself. Sing. Whatever. But since you’re practicing, don’t turn it on to record. Just practice. Eventually that lens won’t make you break out in a cold sweat anymore.
3. Just do it.
90% of the camera shyness problem is the apprehension. So just do it. Once you’ve hit broadcast or record, you’re on. It’ll be okay.
4. Pretend you’re talking to a friend.
Or even better, yourself. Cause you’re a good listener. You love listening to you talk. So it’ll make it feel more natural to you AND your audience. A win – win in my book.
5. Don’t be discouraged by lack of initial engagement.
This is especially true for Periscope. Don’t be bummed if you don’t see tons of viewers or hearts. People love catching replays AND watching while they do other things.
Yeah. I’m one of those people.
6. Mistakes are okay.
Accept that fact. And this is a life tip. You’re going to make mistakes and that’s just fine. People love to see authenticity. Not fake perfection.
I always say that Perfection is neither required or encouraged.
Want to hear more on these tips? Check out my Periscope on camera shyness and witness my awkwardness in it’s glory.
So what would you add to this? Or do you struggle with it?