Understandably with these unprecedented times, we are noticing an increasing need for our communications to shift from face-to-face to online. This means video conferencing is becoming the new normal for companies, and event organisers are pivoting towards offering engaging virtual experiences through the power of live streaming and online conferencing platforms.
The need for people to share important messages, have productive conversations and make critical and swift decisions is more vital than ever right now, so capturing engaging video content is essential.
But for most, stepping in front of a camera can be quite intimidating, even for the seasoned public speaker. There's something completely unique and daunting about the intimacy of staring down the lens of a camera.
That's why the team here at AV 24-7
have put together some helpful tips for being camera ready for your next live stream, zoom meeting or video shoot. Be Prepared
Know your message, but don't learn every word. We're not all actors and actresses here, and we don't need to be. Focus on having your talking points memorised, but unless you are an experienced broadcaster, you might risk coming across as rigid and unnatural when trying to recite your script word for word. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
And no, we aren't talking about memorising. Practice presenting and getting your message across based on your key talking points. You'll find areas in the presentation where you'll need to dedicate some extra time and focus. If there's a word you find you're always stumbling to find, just write it down. Relax
Because the last thing you want is to come across as stiff or robotic, so just be yourself and keep it conversational. Speaking to your audience should be no different to speaking with close friends or colleagues.
Side note: Don't be TOO relaxed, remember what your mother told you and sit up straight! Smile
Yes, this might sound like a given, but it's so important. Your audience will connect much easier to someone who looks like they are happy to be there as compared to someone being held hostage to speak.