I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Video content is one of the fastest ways to connect authentically with your audience.

But if you’re not comfortable in front of the lens, it’s not going to work for you.

But what if you could be the Steph Curry of video marketing? You don’t get to be “the greatest shooter in NBA history” by accident. The Golden State Warriors guard doesn’t just walk out onto the basketball court and crush it.

Curry has a specific warmup routine. He dribbles two basketballs at once, takes over 100 shots, practices one-on-one drills and even takes “tunnel shots” from the hallway connecting the locker rooms to the court. And that’s not to mention the practice sessions he does with the team.

It’s not just limited to sports, either. Any top performer will tell you that preparation makes the difference between peak performance and falling flat.

So when you create a business video, what’s YOUR prep routine?

This week, I’m going to share my video content prep tips—gleaned from over 25 years of trial and error. With these tips, you’ll be all warmed up to walk on camera and film like a video content marketing rockstar.

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I’ve got some quick video content marketing prep tips for you—and video time codes in case you want to dive in deeper!

What do you need to get into state?
I use a “power playlist” that I put on in my car when I drive to a speaking engagement. Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders plays Madden NFL on Xbox. What rituals can you use to pump yourself up? More at 4:03.

What can you do before you film a business video to make sure your audience sticks around?
Make promises up front and tell your audience exactly what they’ll get out of the training. They need to know the “what’s in it for me?” in the first few seconds so they stick around. Your content structure is a critical part of your pre-video ritual. More at 7:34.

Know what your audience is thinking.
While they’re watching you, your audience is asking themselves these 5 questions. Know them, answer them in your video content and maybe even review them before you get started to put you in the right frame of mind.

  1. Do these strategies make sense?
  2. Are they worth my time, energy and focus?
  3. Who is this person? Is he for real? Is he truly authentic? Can I trust him?
  4. Can I do it? Will it work? Will it matter?
  5. What is she giving me that can make a difference right now?

More on this at 10:52.

What Are Your Pre-Game Rituals, Video or Otherwise?

I want to learn from you! Leave me a comment. 🙂

14 Responses to “Get More Comfortable on Camera Now with These Video Content Filming Tips”

  1. Maryalice Inner-Life Coach, Mentor, Author

    I appreciate this video, Pam. Great reminders packed into one video. Thank you!!

    • Pam Hendrickson

      So glad you found it useful, Maryalice! You’ve been with me from the start, so you’ve heard me talk about my video struggles in the past. 🙂 I hope my tips can shortcut others to video success. I hope you’re doing well!

  2. Susan Burlingame

    Your 10 tips are so helpful, Pam. Thank you! I applied each one as I wrote out the content for my free recorded audio message. My overall message is much more clear and concise, and these tips will be very helpful when I progress to video. Baby steps! 🙂

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Great to hear that you found these helpful. Susan, you’re going to be great on video. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂

  3. Andre

    Hi Pam!
    I’m about to record and market several videos on Business Growth. This was very helpful. Thanks Heaps.

    • Pam Hendrickson

      You’re so welcome, Andre! If you have anything to add after recording your videos, come back and let me know! This is the list that’s worked for me, but I’d love to hear what works for you.

  4. Rho

    Chrome browser won’t recognize HTML5 video format is the message I got when I pressed play. Sorry to have missed it.

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Rho, I’m so sorry to hear you were having trouble. Our team has tested the videos and they work in our browsers. However, I’d love for the videos to work for you. You may find some useful assistance at this support page for YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/html5

      Thank you for reporting in!

  5. Ryan

    This was fantastic! Another great vocal teacher you should have on a webinar is Arthur Samuel Joseph. He also taught Tony and has some beautiful vocal exercises and breathing techniques that really bring you into the moment. Thank you for the reminder to prepare ourselves with that calm energy!

    • Pam Hendrickson

      Thanks for the recommendation, Ryan! I’m glad you enjoyed the video, and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  6. Cynthia Merkley

    Excellent! Your enthusiasm is contagious. I will definitely be seeking your expertise as I carry on through my journey of launching a new business. Thank you!


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