“I can barely speak in front of people. How am I supposed to use LIVE video?!”
Periscope (Twitter), Facebook Live, and Instagram Live. We always knew that Live video had power and as audience members we’ve enjoyed the flubs as much as the successes when watching. Which is what scares us so much.
How do you make sure you rock speaking on your live video? Here’s three areas for you to focus on to get that “I’m relaxed and confident” without the “This is rehearsed and there’s a teleprompter.”
Off the wall speaking tips that actually work
- Power poses
If you have 20 minutes I highly suggest you watch this video by Amy Cuddy on body language:
Otherwise here’s the summary: Doing certain poses affects your perception of yourself and shifts your body chemistry to create more confidence.
Here’s are some great examples of what these poses are from InMovement: Strike a Pose
- Weird noise exercises
Sometimes our awkwardness in speech comes from the tension that we’re holding. You can mitigate this tension by doing deliberate exercises to relax the body around your voice. I suggest doing them behind closed doors lest your neighbors think you’ve finally lost your last marble.
Yawn and hum. Yawn and at the end of the yawn finish with a “mmm” sound. During this “mm” sound drop your jaw towards your chest and waggle it from side to side. Repeat 2 – 3 times.
4 – 4 – 4 – 4 . Breathe in for 4 counts, hold it for 4 counts, breathe out for 4 counts, rest for 4 counts. Then do it again.
Sirens. No, we not calling the Odyssey. I’m talking emergency sirens. Start with a small noise, then build and build, then bring it back down making it really quiet again. Do this for a minimum of 2-3 times to help build vocal endurance.
(Here are some more tips for public speaking exercises: Speak To Me)
Don’t put light behind you. Unless you want to be a shadowy figure and create an atmosphere of mystery, then go for it!
Do use indirect natural light whenever you can. You don’t want to stand directly in sunlight or in the window. Stand in the shade and put the back of your camera to the direction the sun is facing.
Don’t shoot your video in portrait mode (up and down).
Do fill the frame using landscape (sideways).
Don’t stand next to a speaker and expect your voice to be heard with clarity.
Do try to find an out-of-the-way place for a little calm to create a clear audio without wind or a lot of ambient noise.
- You don’t have to know what to say
Don’t write down every word. Don’t memorize everything. If something/someone interrupts you your entire speech goes down the drain. YOU DON’T WANT THIS LIVE STREAMING. The beauty of live streaming are candid moments. Deep breath and let it flow. Act like a cat. You meant to do that.
- Have speaking points
Do have ahead of time the points, or questions, that are important that you cover/ask. This will help you to keep on point as you meander through conversation and gives you an idea of when to wrap up. Nothing worse to bore your audience than a talk that rambles on without a point.
- Engage your audience with questions and speaking to them personally if you know their handle/name
Engaging your audience gives you something called buy-in. When someone is personally invested in the outcome of something (see: your live talk), then they put forth a greater effort for its success.
Example: You’re hosting an interview and your internet audience is commenting and asking questions for your interviewee. You mention the person’s name/handle, greeting them, and then ask their question.
That’s a wrap!
I know there’s a lot of information here. The gist of it is, relax – breathe – go for a place with plenty of indirect light – and talk to your audience as if they’re in the room with you. If you do that, you’ll do fine.