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Camera Confidence Mini-Course: Be Better On Camera

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class

    • 2. Teaching Break Television Report - Taco Bell Delivery

    • 3. Understand the Goal

    • 4. Talk to Yourself

    • 5. How to Talk to Yourself

    • 6. Engage Strangers in Public

    • 7. How to Show Authority on Camera

    • 8. Teaching Break Television Report: Record Swim

    • 9. Top 5 Tips for Television Camera Presence

    • 10. Top 5 Tips for Online Teacher Camera Presence

    • 11. Exercise: Introduce Yourself to the Class (with a Video)

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About This Class

Be better on camera with more confidence, authority, and comfort!

Do you get nervous when speaking on camera?

Do you wish you felt more confident and had a better on camera presence?

Are you trying to be on television, a YouTube vlogger, or an online teacher?

Do you have to be on camera for an interview, and need quick media training?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the perfect course for you. This mini-course will help you feel more confident, speak more clearly, and have an overall better on camera presence no matter what kind of video you are a part of.

Learn from a television professional!

Course Overview:

This free course includes the first section and a few other great lessons from the full Camera Confidence Media Training course. Get started with some basic techniques that will get you more comfortable right away.

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Phil Ebiner

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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

I pride myself on creating high quality courses from real world experience.


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife, twin boys and a baby girl, and dog Ashby.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Tele... See full profile

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1. Welcome to Class: everyone. Philip, dinner here with the camera confidence course. I'm so excited that you chose to enroll in this class out. Now, Brown cow. How now, brown cow, Whether you're on television, a youtuber or an online instructor, we give you some great actionable tips that hopefully help you be better on camera. Oh, I'm Christian. I am so excited to have you in this course because this is something I'm extremely passionate about. I want people toe learn what I have learned. I've been in front of a camera for over a decade, and I've started with Phil. Actually, when we were back in high school, we had to work all the Kings out. We were pretty bad back then. But as you'll learn in this course, practice makes perfect. So I ended up being a news reporter. After spending many years working as a play by play broadcaster. Working behind the camera, I did many jobs in the field. Eventually, I got into the news world and quickly rose the ranks. After a couple of years as a professional reporter, reporting on stories out in the field, I got the call to move up to the San Francisco Bay Area. I was the youngest field reporter for the CBS station out there in the number six market in the country. I've picked up a lot of habits that helped me get to the point where I am now. A lot of things that I had to do over and over again, a lot of things that I had to screw up on and and learn from. But after all those years of working in front of the camera and learning the ins and outs of how to be more confident, how to be more comfortable on camera, I know I have valuable information that you can use to get better yourself. So that's why I created this course. I want to help you be more confident on camera, be more comfortable on camera. I will help you, regardless of what situation you're in. Be more confident on camera and to have a much better camera president. Thank you so much. We'll see it in the next lesson. 2. Teaching Break Television Report - Taco Bell Delivery: you can now order talk about without even putting your pants on. Yes, I just said that the fast food chain has teamed up with a Bay Area tech company to deliver the food right to your doorstep. Maybe it's Christian. Hartnett gave it a spin tonight. All right, Christian, How did it go? Veronica. It worked like a charm. It was awesome. It was great. And I will probably do it again now, as if it's not easy enough to get your fast food. There's drive throughs. You can walk in and out in five minutes and have your food ready. Now you don't even have to leave your house. At least for Taco Bell. Have a taco, a quick visit to the APP store. Download the Palo Alto based door dash app and voila! The first ordering option is none other than Taco Bell. The ordering is fairly self explanatory, so we ordered a couple of double Excel grilled stuffed burritos. Walking only added, of course, and sent it off. So we have just put in our order. We have some a delicious stock. Oh bell coming our way right now. And I know part of the fun of this app is you don't have to wear pants to get your Taco Bell, but unfortunately, I live in a gated apartment complex, so we're gonna have to go meet the driver out front. So we're gonna go right about 1/2 hour later. Just got a text drivers right around the corner. So we're getting our food soon. And what a moment it waas. This makes me so happy. God bless America, Alexander. Thank you. Let's go eat. All right. So there's no minimum cost order. Just a few bucks. Flat rate if you want to order something so you can just get one taco and have it delivered to your house. By the way, this is a test run at just four different places. Dallas, Orange County, L. A. And here in the Bay Area. So Taco Bell is gonna be testing it out at 200 locations and we'll see if it sticks on the night. But I'm Christian Hartnett. How long did that take him? I think I just didn't question How long did that take you? I think I missed it. It was about 1/2 an hour. I mean, it was way saw originally, it said it was going to take about 48 minutes and we're taking it back. It's a It's a bit long, but it came in about half an hour. Maybe a little under. So you capture pants on, right? Yes, Exactly. Exactly. Thank you. All right, we're asking you tonight. What do you think is a service more practical? Are we just being plain lazy here? Why not just drive through? Right? Join the cop. 3. Understand the Goal: Welcome to the lesson, everyone. We're going to be talking about understanding the goal more specifically, understanding your own personal goal. We're all here for different reasons. Some of you might want to be better broadcast. Journalist Thief Arsonist has oddly shaped better reporters, better anchors and just have a better presence on camera. Unique New York. Some of you have you tube channels or want to start YouTube channels, and you want to just have a better camera presence. You want to be more likable. You want to relate to the viewer a little more. Some of you might do video meetings or meetings on video very often, and for some reason, talking into a camera just makes you very nervous. And so you want to get comfortable speaking on camera. Whatever your goal is, the purpose of this course is to appear more comfortable on camera, and I don't necessarily mean more comfortable izing composed and relaxed in your shoulders or just dropping down when I say relaxed. I mean being comfortable enough in yourself to say what you want to say and express it in the way you want to express it. That could be very difficult sometimes. But really, what you want to do is you want to speak to the camera, has if you're speaking to your closest friend, get home safe. You got it. Job. If you're talking about a very emotional subject, you don't want to come across as some authoritative, very composed anchorman. You don't necessarily want to do that. You want to allow yourself to show that emotion. Run? Are you okay? And use your hands. Use your face to show emotion. You want to allow yourself to do that so you want to talk to the cameras. If you were talking to your closest friend, that takes a lot of practice. Even now, as I stand here right now, looking at this lens, sometimes it's very difficult to visualize. That's my closest friend. It's very hard, but it takes practice, and I promise you, if you continue to practice, it will click. It will eventually click, but just allow yourself the discomfort of staring into a lens for a little while. It's gonna be difficult, but it will pay off, and eventually it will click and you will understand how to do that so we'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Talk to Yourself: welcome to another lesson. What I want you to really learn in this lesson is I want you to talk to yourself. Yes, I want you to talk to yourself all the time, and I don't necessarily mean walking around talking yourself like some crazy person. It's not crazy to talk to yourself. A lot of people do it, and in fact, it's a really great way to get comfortable with how you talk with how you express emotion. You can do this in many different places. I personally like to talk to myself in the shower. When I get out of that shower, I'm staring in the mirror. I like to talk into that mirror. I like looking at myself and talking about things when I'm in my car and I'm by myself in my car. I talked to myself all the time. When I'm walking down the street, and if there's no one next to me, I'll talk to myself. It will get you comfortable with your voice, your mannerisms. And here's what you need to talk about. Talk about what you're going to do today. Talk about what you did yesterday. Talk about what you're excited about tomorrow. Or maybe you're not excited about it. Maybe you're angry about what's gonna happen tomorrow. Maybe you're not excited about it. Talk about it. Use emotions. How does it make you feel? Take note of how you talk. Really? If you keep doing this, if you talk to yourself on a daily basis, it will really get the jitters out of your system. You will understand how you say things. You will get comfortable with your voice. And really, for the most part, a lot of us will go a large portion of the day if we're not around people not saying a word . And sometimes you forget what your voice sounds like. Or at least when you're trying to talk about something, you tense up and realize. Oh, I'm talking. I'm really trying toe to speak about a certain subject. Well, if you're talking to yourself on a daily basis, you'll be very comfortable with yourself, and it will show when you're on camera. So I urge you. You're in the shower when you're in the bathroom. When you're at your home and you're in your car, talk to yourself. Do it all the time. We'll see you in the next lesson 5. How to Talk to Yourself: This is honestly how I talk to myself in the mirror every single day. Hey, Christine, how's it going? What you gonna do today? Are you going to drive over to Phil's house? What's that gonna be like? What you gonna do? I'm just gonna go create an online course. Phil does a lot of these things. He's very good at it. Obviously, one of the things that I'm qualified to talk about is how to be on camera. Do you think people will understand what I'm talking about? I don't know. I I've never done this before. This is the first time experience. Um, I love working with Phil. I've worked with him since I was in high school, so there should be a great experience. I'm actually pretty excited about it. You know, I haven't worked with Phil in a while. This should be good. And that's honestly just how you talk to yourself. Pretty silly, but effective 6. Engage Strangers in Public: Welcome to another lesson, everyone. I told you to talk to yourself in the last lesson. Now what am I going to tell you? To Dio? Yes. You have to engage complete strangers. This might make some of you extremely uncomfortable even talking about it. You know, some days it makes me very uncomfortable. Some days I wake up I don't want to talk to anyone. I just want to do my own business. Don't talk to me. I'm gonna go into Starbucks, get my coffee. Leave me alone. I don't want to talk to anyone. Here is the important thing, though Talking to people and engaging complete strangers especially engaging complete strangers really forces you to become a better conversationalist. You are forced to say something. You're forced to have a conversation with someone you don't know. That could be really scary. It can be really tough sometimes, especially if the person you're conversing with is pretty shy themselves. It also helps you get over your own insecurities and just be comfortable with yourself. It goes back to the last lesson with talking to yourself. It's really along the same line. Now this digital age that we have everyone staring at their cellphones. Everyone's on their laptop. You know it. It's taken away some social interactions that used to just be part of everyday life. People don't converse with each other as much. Here's what I do. So here's how to engage complete strangers in public. I will. Often when I'm walking down the street. If it's just me and one person coming, I'm not gonna look down and away from them. I try to as they walked by. I don't make remain transfixed on them. But But, you know, I keep my head up. I'm walking as I normally would. And if they look at me, I say, How are you doing? And let's say it's not a situation where someone is walking past you and they're going to be gone. Let's say you walk into a coffee shop, you get in line and you say to the first in front of you Hi, how are you? Are Hi. Good morning. Do more than just respond with good when they respond with I'm good. How are you? Say I'm good. I'm really excited about today. This is happening or you don't need to get too deep with them. If you're having a really bad day, maybe it's not a good idea toe. Spill your guts to them, but do something different than just say I'm good. Try to engage complete strangers. Some people you will be surprised are completely happy. Toe. Actually engage in a pretty good discussion with you more than just small chit chat again. This will help you be comfortable with becoming a better conversationalist. It will help you be a better conversationalist. It will help you be more comfortable with yourself with your own voice, your own mannerisms, all of that extremely important to being good on camera. As a news reporter, I had to engage complete strangers on a daily basis. And I'm not just talking about city leaders that I'd never met before I'm talking about, I'd have to get the opinion of the public so I would go and just talk to people that were just on the street. It was extremely uncomfortable. The first year I didn't like doing it. I I just I didn't think people really wanted to talk to me. However, I had to get the job done. I had to do it, so I kept doing it. After a few years, it was nothing for me to walk to a complete stranger. Tell them what I was up to. Telling them what they thought about it. Telling them or asking them. Hey, can you want to do this on camera? Sometimes Not even asking if they want to go on camera. We have the camera already rolling. It took a lot of practice, but it really paid off. If you keep doing it, you will get better at it. And in turn, it will help you be better on camera. We'll see in the next less. 7. How to Show Authority on Camera: we are onto another lesson. This is to show you how to have more authority on camera. How do you do that? That's really the question that every wants to know. How do you show more authority if you're in a position where you need to show authority, whether you want to be a better broadcast journalist, Better reporter, a better anchor If you want to be a better communication specialist, let's say you're a spokesperson for a company and you might be interviewed by a broadcast journalist. Or you have to do a video or be in a video that explains what your company is about. And since you're the spokesperson, you have to be on camera talking about your company. So how do you show authority? Well, really, I can break it into three important points. Number one. First and foremost have good posture. Be presentable. We talked about this earlier, but if you really want to show authority, if you're coming from an authority figure position like an anchor like a reporter like a representative of a company, have good posture. Be strong. It shows authority. It shows confidence. People don't want to listen to a reporter and anchor, or someone who represents a company that looks slouched and shy. It portrays weakness and you don't want to betray weakness. You don't want people to look at you and go. He doesn't seem believable. I don't believe him because when you have good posture, you just come across is more believable, more trustworthy, all things that you really want tohave. The second part is you need to do your research. Talked about this earlier. But this one is especially important. If you're a reporter and anchor a spokesperson for a company, you don't want to be caught dead, not knowing what you're talking about. You know exactly what you're talking about in and out. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to. Even though you're in a position where you're supposed to know your stuff, don't be afraid to ask the question. I have no idea what's going on here. Can you explain it to me? Honestly, I ask that all the time. When I was interviewing people and it was on a story or a subject to that just was way over my head, I would just say, Hey, I'm having trouble grasping what is going on. Can you explain it to me That always got me the best answers, and that always really made me understand. And then when I went on camera to present my report bone, what I was talking about, I looked like an expert. Know your material like the back of your hand? Number three. Gotta look. The part got a dress. The part reporter and anchor. Obviously you're going to be wearing formal clothes, probably a suit and tie. I don't think it's necessary to have that look to show authority, but it definitely helps. Trust me when I am in dress attire when I am wearing a nice button down shirt, Um, and if I if I'm not wearing formal attire, if I'm wearing, you know, just something that I feel good and if I feel good in it that I'm going to come across as authoritative, I'm gonna come across as someone who is trustworthy. People like people who are well put together, just look well put together. Really. Is the point B well groomed? Don't look too messy. This is an easy one, but one that some people forget. And really, I've encountered a lot of people that I've interviewed people that are supposed to be representatives for companies. They don't look their best and it shows and trust me a lot of my colleagues, when they'd see that person on camera, they would even comment. People say things when something's out of whack. Just pay attention to that really easy to fix, but something to pay attention to. So those were my three tips. Very important tips to remember to show more authority on camera. 8. Teaching Break Television Report: Record Swim: This is something I wanted for so long, and I can't believe it did it. No good for her raw emotion is Kim Chambers sets a new record in the Bay Area. She becomes the first woman ever to swim the shark infested waters from the Fairlawn Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. Good evening, I'm Brian Act, and I'm Juliette Good. Which it is a grueling swim 30 nautical miles from the Fairlawn Islands to the Golden Gate . Until today, only men had successfully made the swim, Christian Hartnett tells us. Kim Chambers at times really wasn't sure if she is going to be able to make it or not. Christian. Well, we're talking about one of the toughest swim challenges in the world. Only four people have completed the challenge three since the 19 sixties, only three. But Kim Chambers pulled through despite a lot of adversity. Yeah, a warm welcome home for Kim Chambers and her first step on land in over 17 hours really have Well, this is something I've wanted to so long, and I can't believe it did it. Her hand shook in eyes glisten as she described her brutal 30 mile ocean journey just minutes after it ended. In fact, she had doubts she would even be able to finish what she started. It was a really tough swim, so it's pretty ill in the middle of the night, and I couldn't keep any food down. And so I actually thought my swim was over because I need to feed every 30 minutes, and I just couldn't take anything down. Kim Spirits were kept high by the crew that followed her the entire way, starting from the feral on islands at 11 p.m. Friday night until about 5 p.m. Today. When she reached the Golden Gate Bridge on the boat, her mother, who flew in from New Zealand to stay by her daughter side the whole way. I was just amazed and how she had such mental fortitude and physical determination to finish that Mitch was freezing cold. You could tell that you know she's exhausted. She's got aches and pains of that place. But she wasn't giving up, so I toted Mara for inspiration. Only four others have completed the swim. Kim is the first woman to do it. This is what happens when you you're scared of big dreams, you just do it and then this happens. Kim swim partner and friend Simon Dominguez was also on the boat the whole time. Cheering her on, he said afterward, There's no better person to be the first woman to complete the swim. Absolutely. I mean, she wasn't able to nourish herself because she was sick overnight, No wet suit. Also speak of it is incredible. And you were telling us that she was a ballerina and had a leg injury. So this was really part of just rehab for her right? Massive leg injury could have been amputated. The doctor said that possibility that it could have been amputated. And so she said, I'm gonna start swimming. I'm gonna start training. She went extremely hard with the training. Obviously got up to this point where she's done all these challenges across the world in the ocean. And she finally did this one. And this was this was on her bucket. Listen, she finally did it. Oh, check it off big time. All right, Chris and we had met her and she's obviously you matter. Amazing. I'm a lovely woman. She's very nice, very nice and good for her. It's nice when it happens to good people. The man that 9. Top 5 Tips for Television Camera Presence: everyone. I have three tips for better on camera presence As a youtuber tip. Number one is to avoid perfection but really focus on consistency. Being able to post videos consistently every week every few days will help you be a better on camera talent versus just really focusing on being perfect on camera and not getting videos out there. As you put out more videos, you will learn how to find your voice. You will be more comfortable on camera, I can tell you from my experience, even from the time that I started teaching online courses 34 years ago to now, I've learned so much about how to tell people about things, how to teach people through the camera through my action through my voice. And that's something that just takes time and practice. You're not going to learn it from a book. You're not gonna learn it from just listening to these videos. You're gonna learn it by practising it, putting out videos all the time and just getting better as you go. So try to avoid perfection. Just put up videos. It doesn't have to be perfectly edited. You don't have to cut out all the OEMs and Er's just put out videos, and you will get better. Tip number two is to show off your personality and share your story. To be engaging as a youtuber, you have to show off your personality. That's why people will ultimately subscribe to your channel. Why people will continue to watch your videos because they like you. They want a connection to you, the person who's on the other side of the camera. So make sure that you're showing off your personality and tip number three is to learn from your audience. I know as a youtuber myself that I've got in lots of feedback on my videos. People will point out mistakes that I've made, and at first it sucks because you're getting negative feedback. You're hearing people that dislike your videos are making fun of your videos. And on one end, you don't want to listen to all the trolls out there because there are people out there who just want Teoh ruin your day and we'll say mean things to you. But there's also people who just are pointing out the obvious mistakes you've made, and you want to learn from them. So I hope these three tips will help you be a better YouTuber. And I can't wait to see your YouTube videos in the future. So if you have any, please post them to the course, and I'd love to check him out. 10. Top 5 Tips for Online Teacher Camera Presence: everyone in this lesson, I'm going to give you my five top tips for having better on camera presence as an online instructor. Tip number one kind of obvious. But you have to put yourself on camera. Make sure that you include some lectures that show your face. This helps build a connection with your students. Tip number two is to outline or script your lessons. I know when I was starting out, I would try to just ramble through a lecture just with the course topic being written down beforehand. But I found that I wasn't that good at doing that. And I really had to bullet point my outlines very thoroughly so that I wasn't doing a lot of pausing. I wasn't rambling on from topic to topic, and students don't like that. They want you to get to the point, especially with online courses, Shorter is typically better. And even if you have to script out your entire lesson, this is better than doing lots of Um's and Er's and not feeling confident with what you're teaching. So in the end, scripting or at the very least, doing a thorough outline will help you have better on camera presence. Tip number three is to share your personality with your students. I love my college professors and high school teachers who shared their personal story with us. It built a connection between the student and teacher that was deeper than just so in telling you how to do something, teaching you whatever the textbooks said. And that will help you feel more comfortable while you're on camera. When you're able to just share your natural self, share your story with a student, it's easy to talk about yourself. It's easy to talk about our story, our past, and that will help us be more comfortable on camera when when we are sharing our personal story and then on the flip side, when we're teaching a topic, it will help us be more comfortable than as well. Tip number four is toe wear, something that makes you feel confident on one hand. You might feel more comfortable wearing sweatpants or pajamas while you are recording your videos, but you also want to show off your authoritative professional side and that comes across a lot with what you're wearing, so wear something that makes you feel good. This will come across and how you speak on camera and people will look up to you partly because of what you're wearing. Tip number five is to make mistakes and to improve upon them. Of course, we're all going to make mistakes. Heck, when we've been recording this course alone, Christian and I have messed up so many times and we cut that a lot of that mess up and we cut off. This is a good example of it, and a lot of the times we do end up cutting that out in the editing room. But sometimes we just leave the mistakes in there and we'll learn from them. Students will give us feedback. I've got a lot of feedback from my students who take my earlier courses and didn't like how I rambled on. They didn't like the way I was saying certain words. They didn't like my accent or whatever it was, and that's helped me to improve my courses that I create now. And so with everything. It's always a learning process. Practice makes perfect like Christian said, so I encourage you to just keep practicing, put out content, get feedback, learn from those mistakes and get better for your next online course. These are my five tips for having better on camera presence. As an online teacher, I hope you enjoy them and we'll see in the next lesson. 11. Exercise: Introduce Yourself to the Class (with a Video): everyone welcome to the very first exercise for this class Doing exercises in an online class or really any class is very important to really get the information that we're teaching you and have it stick. And so we will be asking you to do some exercises for this class and they do take a little bit of work. We might be asking you to record a video to do a practice script to do things that will help you have more confidence on camera. So for this very first exercise, I typically ask people to introduce them to the rest of the class by posting a discussion post with their name, where they're coming from and why they enrolled in this class. But because this is an on camera class, we want you to do it on camera. So the exercise is to record a video of yourself, introduce who you are, where you're learning from, and tell us why you are taking this class and what you hope to achieve with this class. Hi, my name is Phil. I'm coming from Los Angeles, California, actually outside of Los Angeles and Fullerton. So actually in the Orange County and Why am I taking this course? Well, I'm actually teaching this course, but if I was taking this course, I would be taking it to be better on camera as a youtuber and an online instructor, which are things that I want to do. So I look forward to taking this class and meeting the rest of you guys in the chorus. And thanks so much for making this great course. Okay, so that's a good sample of what you can do. This is shot with my webcam, and that's all you have to do. You can do it with your cell phone with a little camera with your webcam. It doesn't really matter how you do. It doesn't matter if the quality is bad or good. We just want you to start practicing being on camera. And the cool thing about this exercise is that at the start of this class, you're going to post this video of yourself. Speaking on camera. I assure you that if you go through the entire class, if you do the exercises by the end of the class, your videos will be so much better than this very first lesson, and it's going to be fun to kind of look back at this first exercise that you did. So please record a short little video posted to YouTube video anywhere that you want and share the linked with us to a discussion posts. And so we're excited to get your sample videos again. Just introduce yourself with your name. Your first name, Last name. If you want. Where you're coming from, where are you? Learning doesn't have to be specific, but just the city, town, state, country. And then also, why are you taking this class? And what do you hope to achieve with this class? So I look forward to seeing your exercise videos and let's get going.