Why Do Lawyers Feel the Need to Shoot Video Behind Their Desk? Attorney Gerry Oginski, Founder of the Lawyers Video Studio Explains

NY Medical Malpractice Attorney Gerry Oginski Shooting Video Behind his Desk

Is it a power thing? Is it a comfort thing? I just don’t get it. Actually, I do.

For years I shot video behind my desk. Viewers got to know my desk and my background. They got to see my  24″ iMac computer. The got to see the tchochkes on my desk too.

But there’s something disturbing about shooting video behind your desk.

Want to know what it is?

Ok, I’ll tell you.

It’s a barrier. A solid, physical barrier.

I know many lawyers feel they must sit behind their desk when meeting and talking with new clients. It gives them a power trip, especially when they have a really big desk.

At the same time, there’s a massive barrier between you and your client.

When you shoot video behind your desk and your video shot includes your desk, you are literally and figuratively creating a barrier between you and your viewer.

You might not think it’s much, but I will tell you from a psychological viewpoint it is.

Your viewer will not realize immediately. You won’t realize immediately. But over time, you will.

That’s why I try not to shoot video behind my desk if I can avoid it. Instead, I’ll shoot video in front of my desk. It does make a difference.

I think many attorneys shoot video behind their desks because it’s a comfort zone for them. They sit there most of their working day. They don’t want to move out of their comfort zone. Although it does benefit the potential client to see you in your office in many of your videos, I highly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and shoot in your office AWAY from your legal bookcase and AWAY from sitting behind your desk.


If all your competitors shoot video behind their desks, then you should immediately move away from your desk.


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Gerry, I want to thank you, you’ve helped me – not just to use video that actually converts and gets me what I want from the video that I use on the web. You have consistently delivered information to very smart, very savvy businesspeople – lawyers and professionals – that they just rave about and that they are going to start implementing in the next couple days to radically change and transform how they deliver the value to clients and how they get paid for it. Gerry, thank you! Fantastic!

David Frees
Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees