Resources: Presentation Skills
This video is all about how to do exactly what I’m doing now, speaking into camera as a presenter. How much do you need to prepare?
Presenting in front of a camera is not the same as presenting to a live audience. People who are very confident at talking at a meeting or conference audience are often expected to be just as confident on video. Of course, there are always people who can do this brilliantly, but to be honest, they’re few and far between. It’s amazing how many confident people go to pieces when faced with that big black lens.
So what do you need to talk about? Even if you’re going to talk off-the-cuff, the very least you should do is to plot the structure of your presentation with some detailed bullet points. And before you get in front of the camera, rehearse it out loud several times first. This is crucial.
Other people like to write out their presentations in full, and use that as a guide, to get their head around what they want to say. This can be a useful working process if it helps you to work out what you want to say. Again, rehearse it out loud, without looking at your written script. And you need to feel confident with these words, not to need to refer to them during filming.
Some people like to learn a script off by heart. This can be useful for live presentations. But in front of the camera, it doesn’t work so well. The reason is that often when filming you’ll have to stop and start, unlike a live situation where you just go for it. If you’re speaking live and make a word fluff, you just carry on and nobody remembers the mistake. But with filming, it’s has to be perfect, so if you make a mistake or your phone goes off during a take, you’ll have to do it again. This stopping and starting can throw you off.
If you’re good at off-the-cuff presenting, it’s great, it sounds natural and authentic. For the producer, it’s much harder to control the length of the talk, and this might be important if you want to keep the video short.
If you don’t feel totally confident about this kind of presenting, think about using autocue. It’s quite a different experience and not for everybody. Find out what suits you best by doing a training day and having a go in front of a camera without the pressure of having to get it right.
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VPoint TV Resources: Presentation Skills
‘Presenting to Camera’
Presented by Sally Reynolds