How To Appear Natural Confident and Interesting on Video

Have you ever seen a stiff, boring video? Today we will discuss a few ways to avoid this from happening with some helpful tips on how to “Appear Natural and Confident on Video.”

A helpful tip in making a video come alive is sounding natural and confident on camera. The best way to do this is practice! practice! practice! Practice out loud in front of family and friends and get their input. But be warned, sometimes those who care about you the most are your worst critics. Simply take it with a grain of salt, and ask for constructive criticism and positive suggestions only.

Samantha Naes, Owner of CN Video Production, also recommends practicing out loud in front of a mirror so you can see and hear how you’ll come across on camera.

And here’s a little tip: one way to be more interesting is to overact a bit. Increase your energy and voice inflection to keep the viewer’s attention. Speak at an enthusiastic pace but pause when appropriate, giving the viewer time to think about what you’ve said.
To come across more cheerful, try associating something funny with a particular line in your script. For example, Sam may make a joke at a certain line during the shoot and later, when the person reading the script reaches that line, they’ll remember the joke and smile.

The biggest mistake people make is saying too much in a single video. Stay focused, and don’t repeat yourself. Leave the viewer wanting more and allow your video to make them want to contact you.

We hope this was helpful, feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have more specific questions, give us a call, we’ll be happy to chat with you.

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What To Do With Your Hands and Arms When Networking or On Video

Ever watch someone and just have a feeling about them, good or bad?   We all have.

85% of what you communicate is not with words.   It’s through the tone of your voice, the way you stand and a wealth of other messages that your body is unknowingly sending.

So What can you do with hands and arms when speaking on video?

Here are a few uesful body language tips that might help:

    • Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off.
    • Putting your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need some reassurance.
    • You should never cross your arms over your chest, since this gives the impression that you are not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.


  • Open hands and showing palms indicate that nothing is being concealed.

To come across confident, have your hands open and relaxed on the table or at your side.   When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and will actually feel more confident.   It is ok to use some hand gestures, as long as they’re in sync with what you’re saying, and not too wild.

If you’re very nervous and just can’t get comfortable when in front of the camera, stand behind a chair, rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair, and only show yourself on video from the waist up.

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