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5 Easy Tricks to Fix On Camera Mistakes

The best part of making a video is that you can always fix your mistakes afterwards.

Here's something to take out the stress of appearing in a video - or at least greatly reduce it. Unlike live presentations, you have the option of a do-over, which is called a second take. Or a third. I wouldn't go too many more, because the problem could very well be something other than your verbal mistakes. No, it's possible that you're just not familiar enough with your topic. Better to review your material until you're sufficiently comfortable to speak "off the cuff" about it. If you keep forcing a performance that you think is technically perfect, you'll only come across as stiff and unsure of yourself, which will not go over well with your audience.

The do-over, done properly, will allow you to back up to the idea or thought you had before you made your flub, and let you have another try. If you're great at editing, then you can make it look seamless. If you're not and you're making a video totally on your own ... don't worry. I got you covered. Just take a few minutes and watch this video.

"Just about everyone messes up at least once in a while, so you're in good company!"


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Laura's Quick Tips

  1. Too err is human ... which you will find out well enough when you try to execute a perfect 5 minute video from start to finish. Ha!

  2. Know that time is on your side. It's not a live presentation!f

  3. You may not want to edit out every single little flub. Perfection is boring and people WILL relate to little stumbles now and then. Let your humanity come through. And don't worry. Chances are you're NOT a train wreck waiting to happen.

Very little professional content has ever been created perfectly the first time. As anyone who has worked in the film industry would say, the magic is in the editing AFTER everything has been shot. A great editor can work wonders with even the most mediocre material ... not that what you or I ever film is merely mediocre, of course.

The best thing you can do is to deliver your message as honestly and personally to the camera as you can. You'll be surprised at how well your heart-felt message comes through. Especially when you're free of the fear, worry, and possible judgment that you're "not doing it right." Let go of the harsh self-criticism and focus on what you came to say. We the audience will get it ... and love you all the more for your integrity.

Ever get caught up in the quandary of choosing perfect vs. good enough? And what to do about it? Got you covered in this video.

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I'm Laura Doman, a former tech industry sales executive, hands-on mom, voice & TV/film actress, and improv performer. I create memorable characters that tell my client's stories, from the friendly CEO touting new upgrades to your sassy best gal pal dispensing some necessary, real-world advice...Let's Talk!


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