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Recording Instructional Media: Preparing to be a Presenter

Preparing to be a Presenter

How to Speak Confidently On Camera

 

Prepare

 

  • Read your script out loud as you write. This helps you avoid complex sentence structure.
  • Reduce your script to talking points. This helps you draw on your natural conversational tone.
  • Rehearse, but don’t overdue. Over-rehearsing can suppress spontaneity. 
  • Warm up your voice by reading something out loud, fast, while over-enunciating.

 

Present

 

  • Check your posture—with your head, spine, hips (and, if standing, feet) comfortably aligned. This can relax you and help your lungs and diaphragm work efficiently.
  • Be enthusiastic, but most of all, be authentic.
  • Smile on the inside.
  • Think about helping others while you present. This focuses your attention away from self-consciousness and engages you with the learner.
  • Use a conversational tone. You know the person on the other side of the lens.
  • Look into the camera lens occasionally, but do not stare it down. Allow yourself to naturally look elsewhere as you rephrase and then look back to the lens for emphasis.
  • Allow yourself to make gestures, but avoid jabbing movements toward the camera lens, shuffling feet, or constantly shifting.
  • Use talking points that provide the framework to keep you organized while allowing you to speak with some spontaneity.

 

Revise

 

  • Watch your recordings and take notes on revisions you would like to make when updating your recordings.
  • Note the difference between picking up the pace versus talking faster. If you are losing energy, consider how to say something more concisely or find a way to illustrate a point.
  • Watch how you emphasize words and phrases. Are you emphasizing the key words in a sentence?
  • Review feedback from your learners. Check formative assessments from your learners to see if a recording successfully transferred knowledge or contributed to achieving a learning target (e.g., check results from questions embedded in a recording or submitted in a “Check Your Understanding” quiz).
  • Determine a schedule for replacing recordings. As the content expert, you know when a recording may need revision or replacement.

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