So you’re about to do a live presentation…and it’s going to be filmed. So what are you going to wear, look, say, do — PANIC? Don’t worry, this quick checklist of do’s and don’ts has got you covered!
- SOUND: To get good quality sound for the video you will generally be required to wear a radio microphone that clips on to your collar or jacket. This microphone has a wire that is run under your shirt (to hide the cable) to a transmitter which clips onto the back of your belt. Sometimes a second radio mic or hand held mic may also be needed if the PA system for the room is run independently of the video cameras.
- CLOTHES: The best type of clothes to wear are ones that have a button up shirt, blouse or jacket (for the clip on radio mic) as well as trousers or skirt with a waist belt or pocket (for the microphone transmitter). For a woman that is wearing a dress, the transmitter can also be clipped onto the back of the neck collar, if no other option is available. Don’t wear any noisy jewellery e.g. jangly necklaces and charm bracelets. Turn off your mobile phone. The best colours to wear are solid colours as thin stripes can sometimes strobe on camera. The worst colour to wear on camera is bright white as this can over expose with stage lights.
- LIGHTS: Usually there will be some lighting directed on the speaker to compensate for the brightness of the video projectors in the room. Try not to look directly into the lights and focus on the audience instead.
- STRUCTURE: A good presentation has a well thought out start, middle and end. It’s also good to throw in some personal stories as well to engage your audience with something that they can relate to.
- SLIDES: Presentation slides such as PowerPoint can help you to stay on topic and keep your story moving in the right direction. Don’t overcrowd your slides with text. You can find lots of high quality free images at unsplash.com to liven up your presentation. PowerPoint presentations that are set up as 16:9 widescreen are best for use in the video. If you need help in setting up a professionally branded PowerPoint template go to www.upsidedown.com.au
- PRACTICE: The number one tip for presenting is to rehearse your presentation. Practice your talk as much as possible. Test it out in front of a friend. You can also film yourself doing a rehearsal on your phone. Play it back to see how smooth it looks and sounds.
- GETTING READY: Arrive early so that you can have a good look at the room. Find out or take note where the best place to stand is. Generally, you will be able to move around but not very far. Be conscious of not walking in front of the projector screen. Make sure that your microphone is turned on and that you’ve got the slide clicker.
- PASSION: Make a conscious effort to put as much energy and enthusiasm into your talk as possible. If you’re not excited about your story, then your audience won’t be either. Speak clearly and precisely. Make eye contact with the people in the audience and take them on an amazing journey.
- CALL TO ACTION: What’s the most important thing that you want people to do after they’ve watched your talk? Make this your clear call to action at the end.
- Q&A: It’s usually best to hold off from answering any audience questions until after you’ve finished your presentation. When you do answer questions you should rephrase the question back into your answer. E.g. How does X work? X works like this…
- EDITING: If you make a mistake during your presentation it can usually be fixed in post (during the editing). So just relax, compose yourself and pick up again from where you left off. Remember that you are the expert on your particular topic. Enjoy sharing your knowledge with your new audience.
If you need help with the professional filming or editing of a live event or presentation, call Danny from UpsideDown Video Productions in Sydney on +61 (0)2 9411 4548.