What to do with Your Hands

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “what should I do with my hands on camera?”

Being on camera can make you feel awkward and cause you to give off the wrong impression with your body language. Proper posturing and hand placement contributes as much to your message as what it is you’re saying.

Today, we’re going to explore some ways to avoid bad non-verbal habits, and discuss the dos and don’ts of hand placement.

Two common mistakes many speakers make are to either clasp your hands together, or place your palms one over the other.

Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off. Holding your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need reassurance.

Crossing your arms may give the impression that you’re not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.

Open hands and showing palms indicates that you’re not concealing anything

To come across as confident, have your hands open and relaxed, resting on an object in front of you, like a table, or at your side. When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and may actually feel more confident.

If you usually move your hands when you talk, then It is okay to do the same when on camera. In fact, it can make the video more interesting.

If you’re nervous and can’t get comfortable 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.

We hope this was helpful, feel free to check out some of our other videos on body language and how to come across confident on camera. If you have more specific questions, give us a call, at 314-842-3663 that’s 314 Video Me.
Thanks for watching, I’ll be CN You on video.

Three Ways to Get Camera Ready

No matter how easy I may make it look, being on camera is not effortless. There are a few things everyone should do before recording.

The single most important part of preparing to be on camera is practice. Read your script out loud in front of a mirror several times. Keep practicing until it feels less like you’re reading a script and more like you’re having a conversation. You may also want to invite family, friends or co-workers to watch and critique.

If you usually wear makeup, there’s no need to do anything different when you’re on camera. If you don’t usually wear makeup you may want to add a little bit of face powder just to reduce shininess, but keep it simple.

When deciding what to wear, you may want to avoid a plain white shirt because It can make your skin look washed out or tight patterns which are known to cause an optical illusion on camera.
And basically, make sure your clothes reflect a positive image. Consider who’s viewing the video and how you’d like for them to perceive you and your business.

Once you have decided what to wear, taken care of your makeup and practiced, practiced, practiced, you are ready to be on camera. Some people are perfectly natural on camera, but for other people it can be very awkward. Being comfortable with your script can help make this easier which in turn will make you appear more relaxed and professional to your viewers.

We hope this video helped give you a better idea of how to prepare to be on camera. If you have more questions, are preparing to be on camera and want to talk it through or you’re just thinking about having some video work done, give us a call at 314-843-3663. That’s 314 Video-me. Thanks for watching and I’ll be CN U on video.

How to get Professional Video on your Website Quickly and Easily

We all know that having video on your website is important. Google ranks websites with video higher in search results, allowing you more visibility to potential clients. And, once on your site, people are 64% more likely to use your services after viewing a video.

With that being said, there are a few different options for getting video on your website.

The first option is a custom web video. This is where we talk with you about concept & design, create a script, put together a production plan and come to your location to produce a well thought out custom video for your site.

Having a plan for your video is a great way to ensure that your message is properly conveyed to your viewer and typically costs less than Two Thousand Dollars.

If you are not ready to make that kind of investment or are on time constraints and want a quick and easy video for your website, you might want to consider an easy web video.

For this type of video, we come out to your location, interview you, capture footage and edit that together into an effective, interesting welcome video for your homepage.

This only takes a few hours of your time and costs less than $1000.

So in summary, if you know you need video and you want it custom and well planned, go with the custom web video. But if you are just looking to get your feet wet with a simple, quick and inexpensive video, then choose an easy web video.

Either way, both videos come with a video visibility guide that will help you get the video on your website. It also includes a list of other ideas – ways to really launch your video on social media, through email and out to the public.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to add video to your homepage. Or if you still aren’t’ sure exactly what you want to do give us a call at 314-843-3663 and we can brainstorm and toss some ideas around. Until next time, I’ll be CNU on Video.