Communicating Effectively Through Video Part Two: Adapting Presentations/Speaking Skills to Be Effective on Video

In this blog post we will discuss how to adapt your presentation and speaking skills for video. This is the second blog post in our series on “Communicating Effectively Through Video.”  

In this short piece you will learn how to:

–          Position your body on camera

–          Effectively use body language and voice

–          Create a logical presentation for a video

Presenting and being comfortable before a camera is different than speaking to a group in person and can create anxiety. First of all, think of how you will position yourself on camera. When you are on camera, it is important to know how much space you have to use before your body is actually out of the camera range or off camera. Use pieces of tape to block off the space where you will stand on the floor. Make sure you are aware of your arm movements. It is important that you don’t want to make wide motions with your hands; that will be cut off by the camera. It is important to hold your hands still and only use them for direct simple gestures. Try not to fidget or stuff them in your pockets if you are standing, don’t cross your arms either. Resist the temptation to rock back and forth on your legs. If you choose to sit down, keep your hands placed palms down on your legs. Hold yourself still and address the camera directly as you would another person.

Keep your eyes and face soft. Pretend in your mind that you are having a conversation with a friend as you address the camera. It’s important to speak in a clear distinct tone, but you do not need to speak as loudly as you would to a crowd with no microphone. You may even want to make a few samples of yourself speaking on camera so, you can get a feel for how your voice sounds. Hold off on filming the video if you have a cold or any condition which would affect your voice quality and make it difficult to understand your words.

As for your actual presentation, try to break the presentation up into segments if it is longer than 15 minutes, and be mindful of points where you could logically stop to create segments or chapters later. The Chapter Indexing feature in the KZO Video Suite could be used in post-production for this situation. Avoid using physical visual aids during your presentation and try to incorporate technology like syncing PowerPoints for example with the presentation instead to present ideas.

Additionally, on July 24, 2013 KZO Innovations will present a webinar called “Get Them Comfortable, Help Them Learn: Manage the Confidence and Comfort of Your Video Presenter.” You can sign up on the KZO site through this link for the event. The event will be hosted by Greg Owen-Boger, Vice President, Turpin Communication; and Juana Llorens, Community of Practice Manager, ASTD. Greg is a cameraman turned learning professional that will instruct attendees on how to make their subject matter experts and trainers confident as well as effective when delivering learning via video. 


Deborah K. Corey is the Marketing Associate for KZO Innovations. She has appeared on CNN and Russian Television. You can follow her on Twitter @dkcorey. 




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