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Do you dislike being videotaped when you’re speaking in public?

If the answer is “yes,” you’re normal.  It’s actually a bit disturbing when someone shows signs of liking it.

The downside of this normal aversion to the camera is that even people who are committed to being better speakers will avoid a videotaped analysis of their skills.  It’s just too painful!

Yes, painful–but necessary.  Unless we periodically watch a recording of ourselves presenting or delivering a speech, we really don’t know for sure what it is we’re doing.  What’s working?  What needs to be changed?

I was painfully reminded of this truth on a recent occasion when I was tasked with the opening remarks at a large meeting.  The video camera was not supposed to start running until the featured speaker took to the stage.  But, somebody didn’t tell the camera guys.  So, my complimentary DVD copy led off with me standing at a rather flimsy, height-adjustable lectern, continuously moving it up and down while I spoke.  I had no idea I was doing that!  And, to the point, I would have gone on not knowing if it were not for the recording.

This afternoon a talk I’m giving is being videotaped at my request.  It may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but tomorrow I’m going to sit myself down in front of a computer screen and scrutinize every aspect of my performance.

Why?  Because there is no gain without videotape pain.

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