Presenting your best self and ideas on air and online: a project by Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi is a freelance reporter, moderator, and media consultant. Her multimedia ebook CAMERA READY: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online is the definitive manual for anyone appearing on camera, and will be released on Tuesday, June 12.

From 1995-2006 Manoush reported and produced for BBC News, with postings in Washington, Berlin, Brussels, and New York.  As a freelance reporter and anchor, she covered business and technology for Reuters Television in New York from 2006-2010. She is a media trainer and is piloting a new public radio show about how innovation is changing New York.  Follow her @manoushz.

We asked Manoush about her latest project, Camera Ready (which we’ve backed on Kickstarter)

1. Why a multimedia enhanced ebook?

I’ve been working with journalists, non-profits, and business folks for years to get them comfortable and articulate on camera.  Teaching means repeating yourself a lot so I always thought, “One day I’ll write all these tips down.”
I think part of my success with helping people make video is we get a little kooky. Making people laugh takes some of the stress out of an anxiety producing situation (ie. going on TV or webcast). I try to bring that entertainment factor to the videos I’ve created for the book too. Plus, how can you write a book about how to be good on camera without video demonstrations?!
2. What’s been the biggest challenge?
Marketing. I decided to go the self-publishing route because I really wanted to use the Vook platform, which combines text and multimedia beautifully for ebooks. So I’m a first time author without a publishing house to back me.  It’s been a STEEP learning curve. But I’m working with some really creative people and we are trying all sorts of tactics to raise awareness about Camera Ready. One is a Kickstarter campaign that ends on Tuesday.  Whether or not we meet our goal (and it’s getting dicey!), we’ll have succeeded in creating a community around the eBook and getting out the message that everyone can create quality video with the right preparation.
You can follow Manoush on Twitter @manoushz, and check out a selection of her YouTube videos. Here’s a helpful video about what to do with your hands when you’re on camera:

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