4 Easy Ways To Get Ready Before Recording Your Online Course Videos

course creation Nov 01, 2017

In this post, I share with you four simple techniques that you can use to prepare yourself before you record your course videos. The post was inspired by our friends at Kajabi that's why you see their logo up front. 

The tips are presented by Elissa Weinzimmer, founder of Voice Body Connection. She is a voice and presence coach who trains performers, presenters, and even course creators (like YOU) how to better utilize their voices and presence while on camera.  She's also an online course creator although not in the field of fashion.

So before you hit the record button make sure you follow her four tips and bring the benefits to your videos. Watch her video and you'll see how these tips help her. I've summarised these for you below but I recommend the video first.

#1 Warm Up Your Body

Elissa suggests doing a warm-up to get your blood flowing and prevent you from looking too stiff in your videos. You can do stretching, yoga, swinging your arms around, wiggling around, dancing or jogging on the spot. 

The whole point is to energise you, relax your muscles and prepare for a more natural and less tense video presence.

#2 Connect Your Eyes

Avoid glazing over in your videos by imagining the camera represents the face of a friend, client or one of your students and the lens their eyes. Then when you are presenting to the camera talk to the camera as if it were one of these people and you are connecting with them in front of you.

#3 Steady Your Breathing

You may find that when you start presenting your breathing goes out of synch with your words and interferes with the way you are communicating. It's natural because for most of the time when we are talking throughout the day we aren't presenting. So Elissa recommends that just before we hit the record button we "breathe in a smile" and then start talking.

She says slowly breathe in and form a smile at the same time, and then on your next exhale begin to speak. You'll find this gives you a nice pace of breath for speaking and calms any nerves right before you begin. 

#4 Warm Up Your Voice

Elissa gives you three warm-up tips, so try all of them.

The Zipper

The first is a tip my singing teacher used to give me to. Warming up your voice before you record makes sure you sound great to your audience whether you are on stage or in front of a camera. Elissa calls it the "zipper". You take your voice from the bottom of your range to the top to wake up your vocal chords and relax your throat.

The Tongue Twister

Next, try repeating this tongue twister to warm up your articulators (tongue, teeth, lips, mouth etc) and ensure your audience can understand you. Elissa asks you to say "The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue". It's a fun exercise that will help you to pronounce your words clearly as possible.

The Repeater

Then the third warn up is simply to repeat a line of your script a couple times but in with different vocal patterns. This helps you avoid getting stuck in the same rhythm everytime you hit the record button. 

Following these 4 simple techniques to warm up your body and voice are sure to help you deliver great videos for your online courses. So try them next time. It'll be fun too!

Cheryl Gregory is the Founder of The Fashion Student Hub, a marketplace for selling online fashion courses, and We Teach Fashion teaching fashion subject experts how to create and promote their own online courses, generate revenue and serve the growing need for online education in the fashion sector.

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