Is an Accent A Liability in Video?

It is amazing to think there are people who believe they don't speak with an accent. What's that? We can practically hear the accent in that denial! The truth is we all have accents, some are more exotic than others. Our accents flavour the words we all speak. It's the calling card of our cultural heritage, geography and backgrounds. An accent is a complex melting pot of these influential bits and pieces. So yes, everyone,…

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How to Muster the Courage to Step in Front of the Camera

The jury is in. We're practically drowning in statistics and data going on about the unstoppable rise of video in the online realm. Ordinary folks, among them people who thought they'd never go near a camera, are using simplified video technology to broadcast themselves all over the world. Research suggests 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day. There's no shortage of compelling figures boasting about the growing role of video online. It's only…

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Do I Have a Face For Radio?

It's an old, cruel joke we remember from our days in the media. Someone would be derisively described as having 'a face for radio'. That is to suggest that a person isn't quite suitable for appearing on camera. But then, many of us today have those feelings of inadequacy don't we?  Am I good looking enough for the camera? Will people find me attractive and watch my videos?  Many of our insecurities about appearing on…

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Can You Learn to be a Good On-Camera Presenter

The camera's not for me. I'm terrified by the lens.I just don't have a natural flair for being on cameraDid I mention I'm terrified by the lens? There are lots people flirting with the idea of doing videos to promote their businesses or accelerate their careers. For some hopefuls, though, it's that niggling point number 2 that stops them in their tracks. The belief that some people are just born for television or video is…

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Take Action: How To Implement What You’ve Learnt

This is the last post in a three-part series on learning new skills to boost your business success. If you had a dollar for every time someone gave you advice that went in one ear and out the other, you'd probably have enough money to ignore everyone's advice.  It's not that you don't value the suggestions and expertise of others. Far from it. The problem is this: today's ever-changing world is always generating more stuff you…

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10 Tips to Finish Those Online Courses You’ve Paid For!

This is the second post in a three-part series on learning new skills to boost your business success. Imagine this for a moment: you find yourself in an online forum where small business owners and entrepreneurs are chatting happily about doing courses.  Everyone seems fired up about learning video marketing, Facebook advertising, SEO, Google Analytics—you name it.  That's when you start looking around to see if you're actually in a padded cell. Are these images…

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