When I first started coaching communication skills, I had to haul along a bunch of recording equipment. It’s really helpful to be able to video clients in action, so they can see what’s working and what they can improve.
Now, of course, most of us have excellent recording capability in our pockets at all times. For some reason, though, we don’t take advantage of it when we’re preparing for an interview, a meeting, or a speaking event.
The next time you’re preparing to speak in public, even (or especially) if it’s for something that’s not a big deal, video yourself making the remarks in advance. Here are some things to look for:
What kind of energy am I bringing to this? Do I seem engaged and prepared?
When I’m not quite sure what to say next, what do I do? Do my eyes look up or to the side?
When I move, am I doing it with intention, or does it seem random?
and most of all…
Would I want to watch me if I were in the audience?