The other day I got together with a number of other
unschooling friends on Facebook to arrange a big birthday event for a
wonderful person called Leonie. Leonie is a very special friend who is a real
blessing in our lives. She inspires and encourages everyone who crosses her path.
someone suggested. “It’ll be a very personal way of wishing her a happy
a video. I’d just type my message. The thought of recording myself saying
something, and then letting everyone see it, was far too scary. But as the videos were being posted by other braver friends, I changed my mind. So many wonderful women had
put aside their own fears in order to do something very memorable for another
Leonie…” Well, that was as far as I got for a number of takes. Every time I
looked at the computer, I forgot what I intended to say. Oh it was difficult
and stressful. I felt so uncomfortable. But you know what? I am so glad I persevered and did
it. We had such great fun sharing each other’s videos. Friends
from all around the world finally got to see and hear each other in action for the
first time ever. It was a wonderful experience.
came along and said, “Sue, can you make another birthday video?”? Would I groan
and shake again and suffer through another recording? Probably. But what if I
did some practice? What if I learnt how to do this properly? Then next time I
might be able to say, “Another video? Hey, that’s no problem! I’d love to do
and then another… until I got things right. But this morning, I saw something
helpful in my Facebook feed: Anthony English, freelance IT consultant and technical writer, had posted details of an online
course called Rid Yourself of Fear of the
Camera. Just what I needed! I signed up and, because I was
one of the first enrolled students, I can do the course free. Perfect! Thank
video? I could then do the course, learn all kinds of helpful things to improve
my presentation, before making a ‘post-course’
video. So that’s what I’ve done: I’ve made a video of myself.
um far too many times. My chin was pointed too high in the air. (I was definitely holding
my head at the wrong angle to the camera.)The lighting was dim. Perhaps I
should have taken the time to apply a little make-up…. I did run the brush
through my hair but I didn’t think about my clothes. I couldn’t hide the
wrinkles (on my face, not my shirt). Yes, this video is me in a natural state!
face and voice to the world. I could stay hidden behind my carefully chosen profile picture and
my words. Or I could have some fun and not worry. Does it really matter if
anyone thinks I sound strange or am not quite as attractive or as young as I
often wish I was? No, it doesn’t matter at all. I think I can live with people
watching my inexpert attempts to be a vlogger. I don’t mind if, from this moment onwards, you always imagine me with my nose pointed to the ceiling, talking in a strange accent. Anyway maybe I’ll look a bit better in my next video (after learning a few tips).
like to join me on the course. Here’s the details if you’re interested:
condition of receiving free lessons (though I did say I’d be happy to review
the course once I have completed it.)
If you’re interested… You can also find me on my Sue Elvis Writes Facebook page. It’s a public page so even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still read the posts and comments. I often post links to resources and other interesting stuff. I’d love to see you there!