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Video Marketing-How To OverCome Your Fear Of Making Videos

Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Submitted by Marie Yovcheva September 20, 2016

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Video marketing seems to be one of the quickest ways to turn cold market into warm or even hot market. The fact that people can see and hear you lets prospects know you are real and the fact that you actually took some time to make a helpful, informative video for them means you’re not just trying to sell something, but want to help with a problem your target audience may have.

But let’s face it-most marketers have a fear of getting on camera and letting the world hear and see them.

I know I was the same back in 2014. In fact, I remember when I was just learning about internet marketing and people telling me to get into video marketing, I was terrified to say the least. Just the thought of making a video I would sweat, get panicky, and honestly my mind would go crazy with stupid and ridiculous thoughts!

Then when the time came to actually do the video, that’s when I forgot what I wanted to say and I used a bunch of filler words, especially “um.” I also did probably 100’s of takes, specifically my first couple of videos that I ever made.

My videos are still not perfect but they have gotten a lot better since my very first video. Since fear of making videos seems to be a common problem among marketers, I want to share a few tips that could help you conquer your fear, and get you going in video marketing.

 

Look Good, Feel Good

My first mistake was I didn’t take any time to look my best. At that point, I was working 6 days a week and I would just make a video when I could. Sometimes that meant after work, weekends or late at night.

I believe this is a huge problem because if you are really trying to build a brand for yourself, you want to put on your best face. You don’t have to go all out and wear a suit and tie or an office dress, but at least put on a nice top, fix your hair (which I didn’t always do) and refresh your makeup if need be.

When you are looking your best, you usually feel good too. This can boost your confidence level and possibly improve the way you speak in your videos. Something that isn’t touched on often is the way we talk. If you feel down and are speaking in a low tone, your audience is going to feel this. But if you feel great and have a bit of energy in your voice, your viewers will see that too.

 

Practice

Well, this probably sounds like a “duh” moment, right?

But, what I mean is practice in front of the camera with it off. I personally use my tablet to record most of my videos. Since I can see myself while recording, it helps to do a few practice takes without actually recording.

This means I don’t have to delete 100’s of useless takes, which is something I didn’t do before.

It also helps because when you do hit “record” it feels like a practice take and you may not even realize that this is the real deal now. You’ll probably feel more comfortable after you’ve stared at yourself talking for the last 10-15 minutes.  I know I do!! 

Write It Out

Have you seen any of my videos? If you have, you may have caught me reading!

But that is okay because your videos aren’t about you-it’s about the information you’re giving. So if you do have to write out your guideline or even a full script, that’s perfectly fine.

I used to write everything out, but then I started using my blog and I would just use my computer to see what I wrote there for guidance. Sometimes I’ll read word for word and sometimes I’ll just go with it.

Either way, have your main points that you want to discuss in your videos written out so you don’t forget them.

Don’t Be A Perfectionist

I’ve talked to many marketers who want everything to be perfect before they start making videos. Guess what? Perfectionism is the enemy of done!

It doesn’t matter if you have the perfect lighting, perfect studio or place, perfect recording device or whatever excuse you’re making.

Understand that no one started out professionally, instead they started from where they were and used what they had. In time they were able to upgrade to better equipment or have a studio or a sound guy. So why are you waiting?

There’s no better time than now to get started working on your future!

Get Off Camera

You’re probably like “wait, what?”

I know, I just said look your best and practice in front of the camera, but if you are deathly terrified of being shown, then start out with just sharing your screen.

You can put together a slide show presentation, record your screen using a software like screencast-o-matic and give information out that way. The best part is that this software is free and you can record up to 15 minutes. If you do use the free version-they will have their watermark on your recordings, but there is a paid version if you want more recording time in 1 shot or the watermark off your videos.

This way you can practice just speaking and sharing your screen. In time you may become more comfortable with actually being on camera.

The More, The Merrier

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear this tip. But the more videos you do, the less fear you’ll have over time with the words “Video marketing”

Remember how I said in the beginning I would get terrified just thinking about doing a video? Well I’ve done around 90 some videos, give or take, and now I’m not scared to do them any more.

Sure, once in a while I’m worried that I’ll forget what I want to say or that I’ll use those filler words, but that is what having a guideline or script and video editing is for!

You can always edit or re-do any part of the video you are not happy with.

In the words of Nike- “Just Do It”

Summary & Final Thoughts

Fear is something we all have. Sometimes we let fear control us, and sometimes we conquer it. But the only way to make that fear disappear is to do the thing you’re most afraid of. Over time video marketing won’t seem so scary and it’ll get better!

So just remember:

  • Look your best to boost your confidence
  • Practice with the camera not recording first
  • Have a script or guideline written with your main bullet points you want to discuss in the video
  • Don’t worry about having everything perfect-start out where you are and with what you have
  • Try a screen recording type of video if you’re really terrified of doing face videos
  • Keep doing videos-the more you do, the less afraid you will be over time!

 

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All The Best,

 

-Marie Yovcheva


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I'm Marie. Originally from Virginia USA, but currently living in the UK. I travel often between the UK, USA and Bulgaria (Hubby is from there). I'm a blogger, affiliate and network marketer. Been in the game for a bit over 2 years now, so I share what I learn on my blog and try and help out other entrepreneurs struggling to get free from the rat race. When I'm not working on my businesses I love traveling! Been to Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, and Grand Caymen Islands apart from my country and Bulgaria-and of course, I'm always looking to add to that list!

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72 Responses to “Video Marketing-How To OverCome Your Fear Of Making Videos” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Joseph Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Thanks for sharing these simple but helpful video marketing tips.

    You are right about the fear most of us have, particularly introverts. And it seems most of us are introverts who prefer to hide behind our computers. Making videos don’t appeal to the introverts in us, lol.

    The tips you shared here will help overcome the fear for those who want to give it a try.

    As you said, the only way to make that fear disappear is to do the thing you’re most afraid of.

    But what if one’s fear is not looking good enough for video? You have to admit not everyone looks good for video. For such people, what’s their recourse?

    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hey Joseph,

      You’re welcome. Yes I know the feeling of preferring to be behind the computer. I’m more introvert myself.

      I don’t think there is anyone who isn’t “good enough” for video because some people can relate better to some, while others don’t. There is always someone out there that want to see/hear from someone like them. I would say-just go for it and build your following!

      But if someone is fearing they don’t look good enough- then do a screen recording type of video instead of face video. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by to comment! Enjoy your day!
      Marie Yovcheva recently posted…What I Used To Go From 0 To Over 330 LeadsMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Abigail Chow Profile

    Hello Marie,

    I haven’t done video publicly before, perhaps I should give it a try one of these days, :)

    My problem will be trying too hard to make things perfect and therefore not getting anything done at all.

    Thankfully your tip on not being a perfectionist should help.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Profile photo of Gavin McDonald Profile

    Hi Marie,

    What a very well written and helpful post.

    Video Marketing is something I have not given much thought too. I have the “fear”, talking on video makes me sound like a complete stranger. What happens to my voice 😬.

    I do like the idea of a few trial runs in front of the camera when it’s not actually recording. This may help my confidence, see how many times I catch myself filling the time with an “um”!!

    Without doubt your potential customers would feel more confident in what you’re selling if they can see your face and you are talking clearly and well informed about the product.

    Thank you for adding this great post.

    Gavin

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hey Marie,

    Great advice you have shared here. Video marketing is not something that comes automatic.

    With lots of practice, we are perfected with it.

    The tips are hands-on. Especially that on practicing off camera first. Doing this will bring about growing confidence and reduced fear.

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    The fear of doing video for publishing is related to the fear of managing a stage filled with people for the first time.

    It could be overcome by the instilling of confidence, which could arise from a lot of practice.

    Your advice in this post are clear and for every intending video marketer, they come handy for productive video making!

  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hey Marie,

    Great tips I must say! Making videos for the first time is not always easy. However, with constant practice and positive expectations, the results would be achieved faster!

    I like how you readily explained each of the tips. At least, newbies can take steps and start making quality video for their online business!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Marie,

    For all intents and purposes, I like your concluding thoughts :

    Fear is something we all have. Sometimes we let fear control us, and sometimes we conquer it. But the only way to make that fear disappear is to do the thing you’re most afraid of. Over time video marketing won’t seem so scary and it’ll get better!

    Video making may be difficult from the onset but with time, the marketer will get better! Thus, consistent action and practice should be in place!

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hi Marie,

    I am not really a video person. This is not to say that I never valued the importance of video marketing.

    Perhaps, what I have been dealing with is the fear of doing a video with poor quality output.

    Thankfully, after reading this post, I am inspired once more to give video making a shot.

    Your tips are hands-on but I want to ask if you can recommend any best video making equipment out there!

    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hello Sarah,

      I wasn’t a video person either in the beginning. But have found it does help to let people know you a bit better and more quickly.

      That fear of poor quality output could be what is stopping you from making videos, as far as the best equipment? Well I personally use, mainly, my tablet (which isn’t the best quality, but does the job) my phone (again not great but gets it done) or my camera (probably the best quality out of what I use).

      Just start with what you have and go from there. Remember it’s not about which video has the best quality, it’s about the information you’re giving and that people can understand you clearly. I learned this from one of my mentors, so I hope that inspires you to make your own videos :)

      Good luck! 😀
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      • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

        Hey Marie,

        Thanks for this candid advice. Indeed, its not about the quality but about the message which is to be passed.

        I will start with what I have and with time and practice I will master how to create videos confidently. Thanks for giving me the advice, once again!

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Hi Marie,

    These are very helpful tips. Overcoming fear of making videos is possible if one readily takes the right steps.

    Practice makes for perfect when it comes to video creation. The more practical we are with it, the easier it becomes creating videos that would make a difference!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Nice and awesome video. Newbies should be inspired to follow the steps you have taken. I love how you laid out the basic points and how you presented the whole steps.

    If we take care of fear in the first step, we might as well go all the way long to start producing top notch videos!

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Your advice to those who fear about making videos is timely! Video marketing is one of the ways of achieving great success online.

    I have similar experience like you in the beginning but today I cannot say I am perfect but I can confidently say that I am no novice.

    This advice is my best takeaway: “Don’t worry about having everything perfect-start out where you are and with what you have” Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Thanks for sharing this piece with us. I guess its time to really take video making by storm.

    The advice is you gave are helpful and can inspire just about anyone!

    What is the best video marketing software anyway?

    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hey Black,

      You’re most welcome! I’m happy to hear you find these tips inspiring.

      As for best video marketing software…. Well don’t really know to be honest! I use either my tablet, phone, or camera to make the video, then I use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the videos and upload to YouTube.

      As you see, I don’t use anything fancy at all! Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      All the best!
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  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi Marie,

    I would say that if one consistently put video making into practice, then it would be easier to excel in it. This is a fact you have already pointed out in this post.

    Indeed, many fear video making and it could be a psychological thing.

    Appearing in a video is not different than appearing in public speaking. It is understandable if first timers experience stage fright.

    However, with time and constant practice, this fear would be overcome!

    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hey Sunday,

      I think fear is a psychological thing. We are not born with fear, in fact, as children we are curious to everything and seem to fear nothing-not even death! As we grow older and gain experiences or see others’ experiences, that is when fear seems to come about.

      I guess making videos is kind of like public speaking, even though at that moment you are not in front of anyone, but I guess it’s the thought in the back of our minds that says “100’s or 1000’s of people will eventually see this. What if they don’t like it? What will they say, or think about me and my opinions?” and all the other crazy thoughts we have.

      Indeed, after some practice that fear will eventually disappear or at the very least be reduced.
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  • Profile photo of Lawrence Berry Profile

    Making videos is scary because it is almost like you are talking in front of a crowd of people. Studies show that people fear public speaking more than death.

    That is a crazy thought, but the suggestions you have given here are great. I think the best thing that that you have stated is to practice.

    The more you practice and get those videos out there, learning your mistakes and how to improve, the more confident you will be.

    Great post!

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  • Profile photo of Kelly Matthews Profile

    I like watching videos but dont’ think I like making ’em, lol.

    Maybe I don’t like making them for the public, I have private videos but haven’t ever thought of making videos for public consumption.

    I’ll try your tips out and see how that goes. Thanks.

  • Profile photo of Jerry Chong Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Thanks for sharing your video marketing tips in this article.

    Do you think animated hand drawn illustration style ‘Explainer’ videos can suffice for those who are still too afraid or shy to make their own actual real live videos?

  • Profile photo of Krystsina Profile

    Hi Marie,

    thanks for this article, I enjoyed reading it.

    I definitely agree with your opinion on video marketing, especially when you talk about being a perfectionist. There is never a perfect situation to start, and the best choice is to just do it.
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  • Profile photo of Ivana Dee Profile

    Hi Marie,
    Thanks for sharing this great article.
    Sometimes, I also do video marketing but rarely show my face. I usually only use texts and images. But your article really helps me to be ready to show myself in video. That’s good because showing our face in video will give higher conversion
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  • Profile photo of Omar Saady Profile

    Hi Marie,

    Thanks for good sharing

    I think that creating a successful video marketing campaign does not need to be difficult task after reading your valuable post. It really may encourage lots of guys (including me) to take their first step towards achieving success with video marketing

    All my best,
    Omar
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    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hey Omar,

      No problem!

      I’m happy to know you got some value from reading my tips! I think with time and practice you’ll have success in video marketing. Just be persistent with it if that’s your main form of marketing.
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      • Profile photo of Omar Saady Profile

        Hi Marie,

        Actually video marketing is not my main strategy of advertising my business. The reason is that I`m not English native speaker and I don`t have enough body language skills to touch on my audience mind. Instead I make all my videos with screen shot and Power point/slide shows

        However, I must admit that one of my best source of traffic is publishing videos on Youtube and Dailymotion.

        As in my little experience in Youtube marketing, no matter how many videos you have on your channel, the matter is how to produce appealing videos to your audience.

        Thanks Marie
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        • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

          Hey Omar,

          Glad to hear you’re getting a good amount of traffic, even though video marketing is not your main source of advertising.

          I did attended a webinar where they said if you are consistent in video marketing and you post 1 daily in YouTube that it helps rank your videos for organic reach Because they see you’re active there. And since Google owns YT, the ranking is good.

          Since video marketing is not my main source either, I don’t make videos to post everyday, so I have not tested this, although the person that did the webinar, YT was his main source, and after about 3 years is now making 6+ figures for his business using videos, so I wouldn’t doubt this information! LOL
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          • Profile photo of Omar Saady Profile

            Hi Marie,

            Yes consistency is the most important factor on video marketing as you will keep your channel frequently loading with interesting videos for your subscribers.

            Another strategy with consistency is promoting your whole channel by using tools like LinkCollider.com and TraffUp.net, these are two seo and social media sharing websites that will help you get more subscribers to your youtube channel as well as rank your videos high in search engine.

            Take care,
            Omar
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            • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

              Hey Omar!

              Consistency is a major factor on anything that you want to achieve, not just for video marketing.

              I just checked out those links, and will be using those. Thanks for that. They seem like Justretweet.com which is also based on a points system (share others to get points)

              Have a great day!
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  • Profile photo of Mark Benny Profile

    Hello Marie,

    You did a great job with this post, thank you very much, i will kindly want to ask, between a video with just screen shots and slides, and a video where you sat behind the camera to do a recording, is there any reason why one of them will have more effect on your audience?

    I ask this considering if sitting behind the camera does not seem like a good option a first, will that make me loose anything?

    Thank You
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    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hi Mark,

      You’re welcome. So you are asking about a powerpoint/slide show type of video and one where you are on camera, correct?

      I don’t see anything wrong with being off camera as I do have videos myself where it’s powerpoints or screenshare, but I do personally think that being on camera will help your audience build a bit more trust quicker because they’ll be able to see you, and how your personality is by your facial expressions, body language etc.

      I don’t think you’d loose anything, I just believe that the rapport/likeability process is quicker if your followers can see and hear you. Hope that helps!!
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  • Profile photo of Deangelo Verdi Profile

    Hi,

    Thanks for this. I always saw doing videos as very difficult but you made it appear easier with this post.

    What tip do you have for someone who has bad accent when doing videos for marketing to English speaking audiences?

    Won’t the accent be a turn-off? How to overcome that?

    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hello Deangelo,

      You’re welcome. Glad to hear I made it sound easier 😉

      For those who have accents-I would say just be you. You are going to attract some people who like you, and some people who don’t. You can’t please everyone anyway, so why try??

      If you’re asking how to overcome that-it sounds like it’s a fear based thing, which the only way to conquer fear is to do the thing you’re afraid of. Therefore, just do it! 😉
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  • Profile photo of Krystsina Profile

    Hello Marie,

    it was very interesting to read your post, thank you!

    I’ve never tried video marketing as yet, and I do have some fairs about it described in your post.

    After reading it, I got a question that I would like to ask you: you offer to try a screen recording type of video for those who feel uncomfortable of doing face videos. Will a screen recording video have the same impact as face videos to your opinion?

    Thanks!
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    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hello Krystsina,

      You’re welcome!

      The only way to get over your fear, is just do. I had the same fears before trying videos-but I just did it. Sure, my 1st videos were awful, but improve with practice and time.

      As for your question- I would say it depends on what you want to accomplish. If you are trying to brand yourself-but you only do screen shares/power points, then that probably isn’t the best option because at some point you want your followers to actually see you.

      If you don’t care about getting your name out and you’re just sharing some information, then screen shares are fine. You just need to know what you want your videos to do (share info only or share info and get your name/brand known) Hope that helps! 😀
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  • Profile photo of darrellantonio Profile

    Hello Marie

    Great post ! It was very insightful and informative. Even though some of us are introverts ,I really enjoyed all of your detailed points mentioning with practice everyone can do video marketing.

    Again thanks for sharing this really value-packed post.

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  • Profile photo of Chris Profile

    Some good points about using video for online marketing on this post.

    Personally, I’ve come across a lot of hype about video over the years. Yes it can work, but in my experience, doing many different types of video for many different purposes, it’s not vastly better than other methods, like some people like to pretend.

    As for making videos, yes, one way to do it is to point the camera at yourself, and that can be good for some purposes, but there are plenty of other ways to make a video without showing your own face at all, some that you mention, and some of those are more suitable for specific purposes.

    I understand that you’re writing here for newbies, but I like to over-deliver when possible, so would like to help people be aware of wider possibilities, as well as just one approach.

    Same with the quality of the video and your appearance etc. While its good to look professional for many types of video, there are other uses, like video testimonials where it is much more effective NOT to look like a professional sales-person but to look like an ordinary, everyday person making a quick video on a mobile device :)

    Chris
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    • Profile photo of Marie Yovcheva Profile

      Hey Chris,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes I was writing for those who want to sell their offers through video, or brand themselves.

      I agree you don’t have to look “professional” to make a video, especially if you’re doing a testimony, but I what I meant was just look your best (a nice shirt, fix your hair, makeup etc.) I pointed that out because I didn’t always do that when I 1st started doing videos and I wanted to brand myself, therefore looking your best would be a good idea if it was for that purpose.
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