I am a MASSIVE introvert.
And along with that, I'm incredibly shy. I’ve always been one of those people who works in the background and not attract too much attention to themselves. It’s just a part of my personality, and I’m quite okay with that.
Then along came Instagram.
I quickly realized that to get visibility, putting yourself out there on camera is important. But I didn’t want to do it, at all.
I went back and forth for AGES before telling myself to put on my big girl pants and just do it.
It was agonizing. But because of that FIRST step, today I’m more comfortable on camera than I ever was. I still have a long way to go, but I really enjoy stories and live sessions now. Here’s what I did:
1. Started with stories: They disappear after a day and they’re perfect to experiment with!
2. Joined a challenge: I took a story challenge to show up on stories every single day for a week. It was a commitment to myself.
3. Stopped fretting over my appearance. EVERYONE has insecurities but honestly, no one really cares!
4. Focused on ONE audience member: I showed up for my friends who I knew were counting on me.
5. I treated the camera as if it were a friend: I pretended I was just having a Zoom call with a friend!
6. Started slow: I didn’t jump into lives right away, I started with 1-2 stories which were 15-seconds long.
7. Pre-recorded and edited stories: I recorded them in advance and tweaked them as I saw fit. It made me realise it’s not out of my control.
8. Made it a habit: The more I showed up, the more it became a habit and became normal. Now it seems like a routine part of my day!
9. Showed my personality: I was 100% myself on camera and didn’t worry about tiny mistakes I was making. It makes you human!
Showing up on camera isn’t easy, I GET IT. But to build a confident brand, showing off that personality is key!
Wondering how you can start showing up on camera and build a personal brand people rave about?
TL;DR: Get over camera shyness and build your confident personal brand!