YouTube Thursdays - Taking the Shy out of Camera-Shy

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

YouTube Thursdays - Camera-Shy? Here's an idea. 


Just because you can't face the camera doesn't mean you can't interject yourself, and your personality, into your videos. The biggest advantage of marketing with videos is the power to make connections - and build relationships. And that's one of the big goals in business, right? 


However, if your on-camera appearance is forced, awkward, or lacks authenticity, it's going to fall flat. Comfortable and confident people put others at ease.  Last week, we encouraged you to spend some time looking inward - at the essence of who you are as a person. Embracing your uniqueness and knowing your strengths - and what brings you joy is critical. 


All of us in business should be honest, ethical, and hard-working. What do you bring to the table that is different?  Are you a passionate pet-lover and rescue advocate - sell that first, real estate should be secondary. That sentence will likely raise a few eyebrows. Seriously though, and to reiterate, the power of video is in building and strengthening connections.


Therefore, this week, we'll show you how to interject yourself in videos in a manner that is both comfortable and natural. We're featuring Brian England who sells real estate in Arizona. Not only is he a nice guy, but he enjoys hiking and playing tennis. He's also told us numerous times that he is extremely camera-shy. Yet, look at this short video clip. There's no awkwardness showing here. 



Imagine a series of videos showing Brian playing on various tennis courts at the neighborhoods he sells. He can either do a voice-over, or text slides, telling the viewer, "Today, I'm testing out the courts at the ____ neighborhood in East Valley, Arizona. He can then feature a few short video clips of the homes, and perhaps a club house with sparkling pool. Final shot, a pan of the the tennis court, with the message:" If you're looking for a home with a neighborhood tennis court, call me today. I know where to find them." The closing slide is a still of Brian with his contact information.

Brian can also do a series of short videos showcasing hiking trails in his market. A short video clip of him hiking with friends, or alone, is all the on-camera presence he needs.  When we are in familiar and comfortable environments, doing what we enjoy, it's easy to feel more at ease. 


These two video series would help Brian connect with people, in a natural manner, who share his interests. And, Brian also sells real estate. 


Much like Anita Clark 's Facebook Fridays, we encourage you to subscribe to each other's YouTube Channels - and take a minute to "like" or leave a comment. You can also add your own YouTube Channel in the comments below, and ask for subscribers. Be sure to subscribe back though - it's quid pro quo! 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

You are right, no matter our comfort level in front of the camera we can figure a way to get ourselves out there. 

Feb 08, 2019 05:30 AM #20
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Congrats on  a great feature with Brian showing himself playing tennis. Videos can be engaging or boring depending on the way their done.  Brian has captured the essence of who he is and that appeals to viewers.

Feb 08, 2019 06:42 AM #21
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Love this idea, I will capture some video on my weekly hikes and put together a video around that. Thanks for the dieas.

Feb 08, 2019 06:44 AM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - You're welcome, we are also brainstorming a series "Our favorite trails in Clark County, Wa," - "Our favorite hikes,"  would be great too.  Thank YOU. 

Feb 08, 2019 09:02 AM #23
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great ideas for those of us who are camera shy!

Feb 08, 2019 10:12 AM #24
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

LOL Well then, I do hope Brian follows your 'brilliant' lead, Debb! 

Happy Friday!

Feb 08, 2019 11:04 AM #25
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Great ideas. Let's make Brian the crash test dummy! I'm sure it will turn out great.

Feb 08, 2019 01:11 PM #26
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Believe I fall under the camera shy category ... tend to be too critical of myself.  

Think it may be time to rethink this whole thing. Thanks for the great tips.


Feb 08, 2019 01:28 PM #27
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great example Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  of getting to know you

Feb 08, 2019 03:27 PM #28
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great ideas!  I appareciate this type of video because it's easy for Brian England 

since he's a great tennis player!  There are so many ways to incorporate video into things you love doing.  Great job Brian and Debb! 

Feb 08, 2019 04:51 PM #29
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Clever idea. This definitely beats sitting in front of a camera and trying to look natural. Now I need to learn how to play tennis.  

Feb 09, 2019 02:33 PM #30
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Feb 09, 2019 07:19 PM #31
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Expert
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Fantastic, I love these ideas, thanks all for sharing your thoughts.

Feb 10, 2019 04:39 AM #32
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb. This is a great example and I watched the video in Brian's blog.

Feb 10, 2019 05:24 AM #33
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

Great ideas to follow! I never liked being in front of the camera, and you just told me what can be done in front of a video camera. Starting to write different scenarios, it's never too late to get going!

Feb 10, 2019 07:06 AM #34
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post...well deserved!

Feb 10, 2019 07:52 AM #35
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb and Bernie:

Those are great suggestions that will generate other ideas for the rest of us! And a good way to get past being camera shy!


Feb 10, 2019 06:03 PM #36
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Not only is this a fabulous post...worthy feature...excellent advice....

I love your suggestions for Brian. Awesome ideas!

Feb 11, 2019 08:17 AM #37
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Now that is what I call a value added post.

Got my mind working as I saw new possibilities that can be easily done.

I have been working on my video skills.

Feb 12, 2019 11:53 AM #38
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

thanks all...been working on project. As always, thanks for the visit.  D

Feb 14, 2019 08:36 AM #39
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