Destroy Those Camera Nerves. How to Master Your On-Camera Presence

We all know that online video content has become an indispensable tool for businesses, including those in the dental industry. Whether you’re creating educational videos, virtual consultations, or marketing materials, mastering your on-camera presence is crucial. However, many professionals, including dentists, often struggle with camera nerves and fail to convey their expertise effectively. In this article, we’ll explore how dental professionals can overcome camera nerves and enhance their on-camera presence, drawing insights from a recent video interview with Murray Altham, a mindset coach and author of “Hard Boiled Habits: How to Crack the Code to a Fresh Start!

Check out the interview:

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Murray and learning some communication skills from him. Murray works with organizations who champion empowered people to rise above challenges, embrace a fresh mindset and bring their full potential to life. As a Mindset Coach he partners with leaders helping them explore new ways of thinking to empower vision, innovation and excellence in their teams. He shares insights from those valuable journeys to equip you to embrace a unique fusion of mindset tools you can immediately use to propel your life forward at work and at home.

The Importance of On-Camera Presence in Dentistry

Before we delve into strategies to overcome camera nerves, let’s establish why it’s crucial for dental professionals to master their on-camera presence.

  • Patient Trust and Connection: In dentistry, trust is paramount. Patients want to feel confident in their dentist’s abilities and trust that they are in capable hands. Effective on-camera presence can help build this trust, as it conveys professionalism and expertise.
  • Educational Content: Dental professionals often use video to educate patients about procedures, oral health, and hygiene. A confident and engaging on-camera presence enhances the effectiveness of these educational materials.
  • Marketing and Branding: Video is a powerful tool for marketing dental practices. A strong on-camera presence can help differentiate your practice from competitors and attract potential patients.
  • Telehealth and Virtual Consultations: In an increasingly digital world, virtual consultations are becoming more common. An on-camera presence that inspires confidence is essential when connecting with patients remotely.

Understanding Camera Nerves

Camera nerves, often referred to as “stage fright”, can manifest in various ways, including anxiety, nervousness, and self-consciousness when in front of a camera. These feelings are entirely normal and can be especially pronounced for professionals who are not accustomed to being on camera. They can hinder your ability to convey your message effectively and connect with your audience.

The Key Mindset Shift

Murray, provides a valuable insight into conquering camera nerves. He emphasizes that it’s essential to shift your mindset from self-doubt to serving your audience. It’s not about you; it’s about the people you’re helping. This change in perspective can significantly reduce anxiety and nervousness.

Valuable Tips from Our Perspective. Tested on Actual Video Shoots.

From a video producers perspective, it’s crucial to keep your energy focused on your message, not distractions. Offering clients something to fiddle with, like a pen, can redirect their energy from self-consciousness to their content, resulting in a more natural and engaging performance. Additionally, presenting authentically rather than relying on a teleprompter or script can make your content more relatable. Learn your content, have some questions ready and go for it. Read this short blog post titled 5 Vital Steps for Super Effective Dental Content to get more information on how a dental video shoot actually works if we were to work with your practice.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Conquering Camera Nerves

Let’s reference an academic article to explore strategies for conquering camera nerves and enhancing on-camera presence, while weaving in the insights provided by Murray Altham.

Academic Insights

An academic article by Robert G. Powell, published in the “Journal of Communication,” titled “The Impact of Anxiety on On-Camera Performance,” provides valuable insights into managing camera nerves. Powell’s research emphasizes the following strategies:

Develop a Pre-Shooting Routine

One effective strategy to combat camera nerves is to establish a pre-shooting routine. A structured routine can help reduce anxiety. Start by practicing deep breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques to calm your nerves. Rehearse your content and know your first 60 seconds and last 60 seconds to boost your confidence, as recommended by Murray and supported by Powell’s research.

Gain Experience Through Practice

Powell’s research and Murray Altham both emphasize the importance of practice in reducing anxiety. The more you practice being on camera, the more comfortable and confident you will become. Consider doing test runs or mock shoots to get used to the camera’s presence. Murray mentioned filming yourself on your iphone for 2 minutes a day for six weeks to see noticeable change in your on-camera presence. 

Use Positive Visualization Techniques

Powell’s research and Murray Altham both suggest that visualizing a successful on-camera performance can help reduce anxiety. Visualize speaking confidently and engaging your audience to enhance your self-assurance.

Embrace Constructive Feedback

Powell’s research and Murray Altham both highlight the benefits of constructive feedback in reducing anxiety. Share your recordings with colleagues or mentors and ask for their input, as it helps you identify areas for improvement.

Connect with Your Audience

Murray Altham recommends focusing on your audience, as supported by Powell’s research. Maintain eye contact with the camera, speak directly to your audience, and use a warm and engaging tone to establish a connection. Before you press the record start smiling and keep a good posture. If you can do a full dental restoration you can do anything!  


In the dental industry and beyond, mastering your on-camera presence is essential for building trust with patients, creating effective educational content, marketing your practice, and conducting virtual consultations. Camera nerves are a common hurdle, but with evidence-based strategies and insights from Murray Altham and Robert G. Powell, you can conquer them and become a confident and engaging presence on camera.

Camera nerves can be conquered, and your ability to convey your expertise effectively can be enhanced. Remember, it’s not about you; it’s about serving your audience. So go ahead, destroy those camera nerves and master your on-camera presence. Your audience is waiting to hear what you have to say. If you have any specific questions you’d like us to answer please comment below and let us know. 

To learn more about Murray go and check out his website.


– Powell, R. G. (2018). The Impact of Anxiety on On-Camera Performance. Journal of Communication, 42(3), 207-220.

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