How to make a presentation on camera

How to make a presentation on camera is an area I have been exploring recently. I've been presenting for a great many years in a range of capacities, from training and speaking through to performances and even acting. Most of this experience has been at live events with live audiences, but times are changing.

As a long time learning and development professional it's important for me to be aware of how my industry is evolving. The rapidly growing pace of technology change is impacting all areas of our lives, and learning and development is one of them. It has become much easier for us to access and benefit from expert knowledge and experience at the touch of a button. This makes how to make a presentation on camera increasingly important.

Presenting on camera is becoming more common

Presenting on camera

There has been a rapid growth of online courses that provide learning opportunities on just about any subject you can think of. I would argue it's in it's gold rush phase at the moment. By that I mean it is seen by many people as a get rich quick opportunity so courses are appearing at a frantic rate and many are of dubious quality and learning benefit. In time, I think the true value and potential of adding this style of learning into the mix will be realised due to it's easy access, improving quality and great value. hence I am starting to create my own online courses.

I host my courses on the Udemy platform, and in the course of my dealings with them I have been lucky enough to be asked to take part in a project that introduced my to Alexa Fischer. Alexa is a highly experienced  actress and media trainer and I worked with her on a short promotional video I was making for my latest course 'Recruitment Interviewing Made Easy' The focus of our session was how to make a presentation on camera. A great many of the usual skills and techniques apply on camera as much as they do with a live audience, but there are some subtle differences, and of course, some technical ones.

The process used was straight forward. I made an initial video and sent it to Alexa. We then had a one to one session via Skype where we discussed how to make a presentation on camera and Alexa gave me some great feedback and tips to improve my video. I then re-shot the video and sent her Alexa a copy. She then provided me with final feedback in the form of before and after feedback videos. These are included as case studies in Alexa's latest course 'Be Comfortable and Confident on Camera'

Here are the two feedback videos that gave me some great ideas about how to present on camera.  They contain some insightful feedback. I hope you enjoy them. If you would like to see my whole before and after videos the links are below.

How to make a presentation on camera
- The first attempt

Following feedback

You can look at the whole of my first version HERE

You can see the latest version HERE

What did I learn?

I know just how important it is to be yourself when you are presenting. Many of the business presenters I work with find this difficult as they are concerned that they'll come across as too relaxed, or unprofessional. Moving your presentation onto video, in whatever context, feels like it raises the stakes, and that makes it even harder to relax and be yourself. 

Alexa clearly demonstrates the importance of making an emotional connection with your audience, and showing some of the real you can significantly help. Achieving that in a room full of living, breathing people requires skill and practice. Connecting via a lens even more so.

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What do you think?

It's early days for me in this process and I would really appreciate knowing your views. Having had the chance to see both videos which do you prefer and why? What other improvements would you suggest?

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