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Louise Matson Speaks About Confidence on Camera

Posted on August 23 2020

Confidence in front of the camera is important to tell a story, our/your story, and communicate effectively so off I went to radio and TV presenter Carmen Braidwood's 'Presenting to Camera' one day course in Perth, Western Australia.

Right from the start of the day Carmen puts you in front of the camera, having to confront your fears immediately, to introduce yourself to the other participants.

Behind the camera was videographer Klissa Petrovich from Cube Creative. Klissa really had her work cut our for her with a class full of mostly novice participants. Klissa's patience, reassurances and professionalism throughout was very much appreciated.

Overcoming self conscious thoughts was my roadblock You may have heard it said that it is essential to feel the fear and do it anyway. As Lorna Jane Clarkson from activewear brand Lorna Jane says "the fear that is stopping you is just a feeling". 

My goal was to learn some tips from the pro herself, Carmen, and become more confident. Carmen's suggestions to slightly adjust tone, words, movement, and lighting made a significant improvement to the results of the on camera exercises throughout the day. 

The course was really enjoyable. We even had an attempt at presenting a piece from a real TV show, learning and delivering some lines that Carmen herself has presented in the past. The trick though was delivering the lines in your own words so it sounds like YOU. This was an exercise in delivering a script that a client may write but presenting the message in your own words so it sounds like you have written them.

My tip of the day: when you adjust the words slightly to make it feel like yours it is easier to remember the lines.

By the end of the day each participant had completed a 60 second business pitch to camera to keep for our own use. This is delivered following the course, once Klissa has edited as necessary.

The additional highlight was meeting the other participants with such interesting business stories and reasons for improving their own presentation to camera skills. All were really lovely and genuinely supportive.

Now to put my skills into action! As Founder and Managing Director of Louise M shoes I will have plenty of opportunity, however I wonder if my favourite travel show Postcards is looking for a new presenter? 

To learn more about Louise M search www.louisemshoes.com.

Contact louise@louisemshoes.com if you would like any help with your shoe choices, or phone Louise for a very personalised shopping experience on 0417933 523.

 

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