“I hate seeing myself on video” It’s time to get over it!

Interesting times! The prospect of working and learning remotely increases daily. This means, that for schools the learning management system is critical for students to access their learning.

I’m a glass-half-full kind of person. Amidst the sadness and difficulty of this global health crisis, it will bring new ideas and innovation. That LMS gathering (virtual) dust in the (virtual) corner will finally realise its potential. I wonder what education in 2021 will look like?

Of course, there are great content providers who can step in, but at some stage, many educators will need to provide video lessons for their student, I can hear it now…

“I hate seeing myself on video” (I do!)

Well it’s time to get over it. As I explain in this video (I’ve got to put my money where my mouth is, don’t I).

Keeping it real.

So to keep it real, this was a one-take, no notes to read. Obviously, the content is something I’ve thought about and the message was clear in my head

With my very ‘sophisticated’ video rig, consisting of a chopping board, gaffer tape and a stack of cookbooks on a chair, I got the job done.

I could have obsessed over it, and kept re-taking until it was perfect (which I have done in the past), but I think I got the message across.

Perhaps more succinctly, here is my rationale for getting over the dreaded video…

  1. I don’t see what you see (Did you know we have a ‘mirror-face’?)
  2. The person on the video is the person everyone else sees (This is my internal monologue, on repeat)
  3. It’s not going to be perfect (There is a list of things in this video that I’d do-over)
  4. This isn’t about me (Well, I did put on some lippy and brushed my hair)

I know I’m not talking to everyone, some of you are fine about video, but for those who struggle… you can do it, I did.


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