Important Tips on How to become a successful Vlogger in Kenya(Part 2)

This second part of how to become a successful Vlogger in Kenya was inspired by a wonderful video I watched on YouTube, the content creator had a unique message about kitchen,  gardening, as a man who loves gardening , I was fascinated with the topic.

The video was compelling, full of  interesting B rolls that helped move the story along. Her narrative however had a hitch. The content creator was clearly passionate about her subject except that  she spoke too fast, you couldn’t follow what she was saying clearly.

I’m sure other viewers must have had the same problem. In this article I will share on how to speak in your video. You will know how to develop a personal style and become brand. I will also share about how to sharpen your Vlogging skills. Roll up your sleeves and lets get to work!

Speak naturally

How you speak conveys your personality. Speaking on camera isn’t the same as having a face to face conversation. Most of us must learn the art of relaxing in front of the camera. Camera tension may cause jitters,  you might be tempted to shout or to raise your voice, please don’t. a calm relaxed demeanor will inspire confidence in your viewers. 

  • Pace your speech

Slow down your speech. Speak deliberately slowly, enunciate every word, help your viewers to follow your narrative. Learn when to pause and when to start your sentences. Be audible. Your viewers should concentrate on your face and not strain to listen to your words. 

  • Adjust your tone

Tone speaks volumes to your audience, your viewers will relate your brand to the tone of your voice, choose an appropriate tone. You can choose a cool, calm, sarcastic, outlandish, conspiratorial, personal, impersonal or any other tone. You should maintain the same tone in all your videos, this will become your brand’s identity.

  • Speak audibly

Do you see how media people pronounce every word clearly? You should strive to do the same in your Vlog. When you speak clearly and audibly your viewers will have an easy time following your narrative, it will also portray your professionalism. 

Develop a personal video style

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I would like to belabor this point. Develop a personal style that eventually will become a brand.  Consistency and simplicity coupled with a chosen color scheme will keep your viewers attached to your brand. 

Your viewers will attach an expectation to your brand. Think about the image you want to create.  Will it be an easy, relaxed, and outgoing brand, or a serious professional. You may choose to be a yappy talker or a calm cool and collected dude or Chic. It doesn’t matter the brand you choose to be, you must be consistent.

Your brand should determine your dress code, Choose colours that are consistent to your brand, Your chosen topic should help you to choose an appropriate wardrobe. You can wear a dress, a skirt  suit, jeans and T-shirt, beach wear, or semi casual wear. Choose a wardrobe that identifies with your audience.

  • Cultivate a personal style

The first five seconds of watching will determine whether somebody wants to keep watch your video click on the next item. Creating a unique personal style that instantly hooks the viewer will get your vlog watched.  Decide which angle works best for you, it may be, front, sideways or full face. Choose what appeals to your audience.

  • Connect with a community

Aim to creating a community. A loyal community is made up of fans who are committed to watching  and sharing your video. 

A community is attracted to authenticity, when you are authentic you come across as being trustworthy, authentic people speak directly to the camera are honest about their strengths and weaknesses, in a nutshell, be yourself, do not try to be somebody you are not.

Learn: sharpen your skills

We are ignorant of what we do not know. Since you are reading this article, let me assume that you are interested in Vlogging, you would like to succeed and are willing to put in the work, Here are a few more tips about what you must do to keep learning.

  • Watch Vloggers you admire

Watch other vloggers in your niche. What is it you admire about them? What can you do differently? What new twist can you add and come up with your own unique style?  Do not watch other Vloggers so that you can copy them, Watch to learn, to improve your Vlogging.

  • Read articles on Vlogging

This is a no brainer, since you are reading this article, I must assume that you are interested in searching for relevant information online. On CDI Blog you will read well researched topic focused articles. Read and glean as much information as possible. Visit other sites on Vlogging to  keep learning, do not stop.

 

  • Attend workshops

Workshops and seminars, but especially workshops will take your Vlogging to the next level. Plan to attend as many workshops as possible. They will give you a chance to interact with successful  Vloggers, to ask personal questions that may switch on a new light bulb in your neurons. 

Look out for CDI Gadgets workshops and plan to attend.  It will cost you a few dollars and four or five hours of your time, but they will change your Vlogging forever. 

Now that you have an idea of where  to start on your journey as a successful Vlogger in Kenya, what are you waiting for, go out there and shoot, vlogging is all about practice, practice and practice some more, keep practicing.

Record Vlogs even if you don’t upload them, learn what works and what doesn’t work. Polish and go back to shoot some more. Do what successful Vloggers do, and I will see you at the top.

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