4 Tips For Powerful Video Presenting
What would you rather watch: a speaker who is talking to his slides…or a passionate presenter who is focused on his audience?
Hmmm…. tough question.
The passionate presenter of course!
As you know from watching YouTube videos and corporate videos, there are a lot of presenters who could use help. A little organization and a powerful story could cure many of the rambling, convoluted video presentations that fill our screens.
Use these 3 tips to make sure you are never guilty of putting your audience to sleep with rambling data dumps.
Tip 1. Look at The Audience!
Your audience is watching you. How about talking directly to them? The secret is in eye contact. Look into the camera as if you are looking directly into the eyes of a best friend.
Watch out for looking down at your notes or table. The audience will only see the top of your head. Watch out for talking to the slides. The audience will see your backside.
Since your best chance of winning attention, building rapport and making an impact lie in passionate presenting–look at the audience.
Tip 2. Simplify Your Story
Simple stories are easy to understand and easy to recall. If your story is simple, people will 'get it' and talk about it. This is exactly the result you want.
When people talk about your story and tell it to others, they are 'remarking' on your message. In fact, they are doing the hard work for you. They are spreading the word–making you and your story remarkable.
Just imagine the power of a story that catches on like wildfire. It's a whole lot more exciting than a perfectly scripted chronology of the last 15 years of your research.
In short, simplify!
Tip 3. Focus On One Thing At A Time
Get out of the habit of talking while you change slides. It's hard for viewers to know what to do. Should they look at the slide? Or should they listen to you?
Simplify. Do one thing at a time. Put up the slide. Talk. Stop talking while you change the slide.
It seems like a simple shift. But it will help you command attention and hold your audiences' focus.
Tip 4. Don't Block The Slide
If you are being video taped during a live presentation, don't block the slide. It seems like common sense. But…you'd be shocked how many presenters forget to do this.
If you are standing in front of the projector, you may have words, graphics or charts displayed on your face or body. This isn't great for you or your message.
Alternatively, present in front of a green screen. Then, insert the slides into the background.
Combine these 4 tips and you'll be light years ahead of your competition. In fact, you may find that presenting on camera is a whole lot easier than you ever imagined!