Recently, we had the chance to talk to Manoush Zomorodi about how to look good on camera. She is currently drumming up interest in her e-book, Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On-Air or Online, which covers some things that are quite frankly, underrated when it comes to video presentation. You can have the best equipment and the best scripts and the best personality in the world, but many times, there are things that viewers focus on that might ruin the message. Zomorodi gave us a chance to take a look at her new video, "How to Cut Through the Chatter on HuffPro Live," and we, in turn, thought we would share it with you.
Tips to Prepare Your HuffPo Live Feed from Manoush Zomorodi
Here is the video, with her transcript down below:
The idea with the Huffington Post's new live video programming is that everyone, not just pundits and TV reporters, can contribute at any time. But it's one thing to add a tweet to the social conversation online and quite another to actually go on camera.
Here's how to be a great video contributor and make your mark on Huffington Post Live:
1. Get out the headphones.
Avoid the bright white iPhone earbuds and go with black. You'll need them so you have decent audio quality and there's no feedback when you are on-air.
2. Compose your shot.
Prop up your laptop on some books so your webcam is eye-level to avoid getting a double-chin. Have something more interesting than a white wall behind you, even if it's just books.
3. Consider lighting.
Put on all the lights and sit in front of a window. Video needs a lot of light and a creepy dark room never makes a good impression.
4. Practice eye contact.
Be sure to look straight into the lens when you are talking AND listening. Pretend you are speaking directly to the host, not a piece of glass so you look engaged, not spacey.
5. Look good.
Wear a bright color so you pop from the screen (even on mobile devices) and blot your face beforehand for shine. Just because it's online video doesn't mean you can look schlumpy.
6. Prepare your thoughts.
If you've never been on camera (and even if you have), it's wise to jot down your thoughts and think through what you plan on saying. Notes will help you make your point concisely and not get distracted by the rush of going "live".
7. Enjoy the conversation.
Audiences love listening and watching people who look like they are enjoying themselves. So loosen up and have some fun! After all, HuffPo Live has 12 hours a day to fill...do well and chances are you'll be back on camera in no time.
We'd like to thank Manoush for sharing these tips with us! Also, thanks to Anna Sacca for her help with this post as well!