Five ways to make a reel without dancing or pointing

by | Jun 4, 2022 | Tips | 0 comments

Instagram is going all in on video.  And I know that thought is terrifying for a lot of you!!  Video takes too long, it’s too hard, and you reeeeally don’t want to dance and point at imaginary boxes on a screen.

I get it.  I love making videos but I find reels can be fiddly and time consuming.  I also can’t lip sync to save myself….believe me I tried 😅.  So I started thinking about ways we can make reels easy breezy!

Even though you might just have one simple video clip the key is making sure you’re adding an extra layer with sound, voiceover or graphics.  This not only makes it more interesting, but Instagram likes you to use their tools – particularly trending music and sounds, so it will help the reels get more distribution.


Here are my 5 ideas for making reels that are fast, don’t require lots of fiddly editing and most importantly – keep your dignity intact.

📹 Do a screen record of you showing a hack, tip or shortcut you’ve discovered that’s relevant to your industry. OR it could be a peek around your online course.  OR you could be highlighting someone who has done something clever with their website. Make sure you add a voiceover talking people through it.

Here’s an example of a copywriter giving an Instagram hack she’s found

📹 Sped up clip of you working. Maybe you’re setting something up, making something, packing orders, working on admin or hosting a zoom session.  Pair it with a trending sound or music track – and you could also add a graphic here to add another layer.

Here’s an example from a cake maker.  (I would have added a graphic at the top saying ‘watch to the end for the final result’)

📹 Customer testimonial. If you have one of these in video form re-purpose it as a reel!!  Any video can be a reel.  Again, add some music and you’re away.  You can add subtitles of what the person is saying to help grab attention.

This isn’t a reel yet but I plan to upload it as one!

📹 Montage with voiceover. Ok I know I said no editing, but I actually edit these on an app on my phone (I like Vllo or Premiere Rush).  I keep it really simple, just 5 or 6 shots in a row.  And then I upload them into Instagram and add music there.  This could be a day in the life or behind the scenes video.  The reason I don’t make these directly in reels? I’ can’t tell you how many times it’s crashed and I’ve lost stuff, or it’s erased drafts…and I just find it overly complicated.  So I avoid at all costs!

Here’s an example of mine from an outing I had with my kids

📹 Moving photos. Ok hear me out…anything that you were going to take a photo of could be a 5 second video.  Beautiful bunch of flowers from a client, a lovely salad you’ve just made, a bunch of people on a zoom call?  Just take a quick 5 second video instead.  Just make sure you have a little bit of movement in there, so either what you’re filming needs to be moving or the camera needs to be moving.  Add a trending sound and voila – you have yourself a reel.  Think of this every time you go to take a photo for your feed!

Here’s a great example of this from a food blogger.


I really hope that helps!  I’m going to be experimenting and trying out all sorts of different content as reels so come and follow along on Instagram michelle_showandtell

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