From Catherine: Lou Bortone is one of the top online video go-to guys on the interwebs. He also has an awesome offbeat sense of humor, and is definitely not afraid to make fun of himself. You will laugh as you learn from Lou. I have seen many predictions about how much content will be video in the next few years. Many are predicting that video will be the primary format. There are no excuses for not jumping in with both feet.
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The biggest fear that most entrepreneurs have about using online video to market their business is not about technology or how to create the video. If you’re like most small business owners, the biggest fear that you face is that you’ll make an ass of yourself on video. You’re afraid you’ll look like a fool or a fake. Or you’re worried that people will criticize your video or – even worse – simply ignore it.
I’ve given this common syndrome a name: VPA or Video Performance Anxiety.
VPA is widespread among small business owners. Most entrepreneurs would rather have a root canal than appear on camera. Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome Video Performance Anxiety and actually look cool on camera. Maybe not George Clooney cool, but cool enough for your colleagues and prospects to respect you and want to work with you.
I’ve come up with a list of 10 different ways to be cool on video – each of which should give you the confidence to go forth and share your message with the masses. Pick one or more of these tactics and fire up that webcam!
Be relevant – Be topical. Be timely. Share content that will resonate with your target market. Talk about or teach something that will strike a chord with your viewers.
Be funny – Humor is not easy, but it’s very effective. If you can pull off funny, go for it. Funny videos are the most popular and most shared videos that you can create. Give it a shot. The payoff can be enormous!
Be engaging – You can talk at people or you can talk with them. Think of your video as a conversation. Engage your audience. Reach out to them. Encourage feedback. Ask for a response. And be sure to include a call to action in all of your videos.
Be real – Be yourself. Be authentic. Don’t imitate, innovate! The real deal will always play better than BS. Keep it real!
Be bold – Say what you think. Arouse controversy. Don’t be afraid to piss some people off. Express yourself fully.
Be different – If everyone zigs, it’s time to zag! Lead, don’t follow. Experiment and explore. It’s okay to “go rogue” on your video. Different gets noticed. Different is good.
Be your brand – Think of each video as a building block in your branding. Use your video soapbox to develop and expand your brand. Be consistent and focused. Stay on topic and stay on message.
Be generous – Share your content generously and frequently. Give ‘til it hurts, then give some more. Video is the perfect tool to share your gifts and spread the love! Provide value before you promote.
Be moving – Emotion connects and real emotion connects big time. If you can use your video to move and inspire your viewers, you’ll be more than cool on camera – you’ll be loved!
Be money – Better yet, show your tribe how to make money! Use your video platform to show your audience how to be successful. Show them the money!
If you can run with even one of these 10 ways to be cool on camera, you’ll never again suffer the embarrassment of Video Performance Anxiety. The trick is to just get started. Like everything else, the more you do it, the easier it will become.
Lou Bortone is an Online Marketing Consultant and Video Marketing Strategist who helps entrepreneurs and small business owners build breakthrough brands on the Internet. Lou has over 25 years experience as a marketing executive in the TV and entertainment industries. He’s an author, speaker and online video expert. Learn more at www.LouBortone.com
Catherine Morgan is the editorial director for CarolRoth.com | Business Unplugged and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. She is a business consultant to consultants and a career transition coach. Catherine is an engaging public speaker who frequently presents on several topics, including career transition, growing a solo service business, and productivity.