Though I’ve never done a video on this, it’s still one of my pet peeves.

Here’s the thing: You can’t show up as an authority in your videos in a professional setting if it looks like you’re taking a vacation from your professional standing, which is what I see in 90% of the webcam videos out there, and by people who should know better.

I think this is more than an opportunity for you to reclaim some professional space. It’s an opportunity to take a chunk of marketing high ground.

And it couldn’t be simpler than this…

    11 replies to "The Takeaway Technique For Webcam Wizardry"

    • Ronald Ross

      How did you dim the light?

      • Steven Washer

        I had a dimmer at my fingertips, just for demonstration purposes!

    • Shane

      Great acronym Steve. Makes it easy to remember. I pulled three action items from this video that I’m going to implement immediately.

      Have you done a video just on lighting? It seems there are as many options as opinions. I would love to hear what you have to say about it.

      • Steven Washer

        Glad it helped, Shane. As for lighting…hmmm.

    • Doug Greene

      What mic are you using? I didn’t know they made a USB lav mic (it looks like that’s what you’re using).

      • Steven Washer

        Yes, the USB lavalier mic kind of a newer concept, and about time, too!

    • michael

      Great video Steve – especially like your “CHES” acronym – I just may borrow it 🙂

      All Good Wishes,

    • Dennis Chighisola

      Great, as always, Steven. I have to add something, though…

      Over 30-years ago, my brother’s best friend told me I couldn’t get into video production unless I had a kzillion dollar camera (and more). He was as eager as I to get into producing teaching videos, but I started doing it a few weeks later — with some modest gear, while I don’t believe he’s produced one yet.

      My real point: Although we’d all like to create perfect videos, I think such concerns sometimes discourage a lot of folks from putting out their first one. Don’t get me wrong, because I devour everything you share with us, and I try to come as close as I can to doing things right (my wife and I just bought a pair of lavalier mikes like you recently recommended). At the same time, however, I think an important message is worth rushing to market, warts and all.

      • Steven Washer

        Dennis, thank you for that stunning story about the virtue of taking action! And now you can look back and see the gift that taking that difficult action gave you. All I would add is that there is never really a valid reason to rush anything. We’ll always have warts to deal with and perfection is a Platonic ideal best viewed from afar. 😉

    • Michelle

      Just bought that lav mic! What a huge difference it makes! I’m ready…just as soon as I figure out what people wanna hear me talk about…

      • Steven Washer

        Here’s a hint…keywords…shhhh 🙂

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