Stage One: Review Your Setup
The quality of your slides has an impact on how your audience responds. A presentation rich in graphics with limited text is a best practice we all strive to achieve.
We highly recommend this Ted Talk, “Death by Powerpoint. It’s 20 minutes well-spent.
While PowerPoint, KeyNote, and GoogleSlides all work, consider using Canva.com and their beautiful set of templates. It is the easiest and “best est” option available right now. Well worth learning.
Audio quality is usually more important than any visuals or video that accompanies your presentation. People can deal with bad video, but bad audio really detracts from any presentation.
- Best option: A clip-on microphone makes you sound and look good. Here is a sample clip-on microphone from Amazon.
- Second best option is: Use a common headphone/microphone combination such as Apple Earbuds. While the sound quality is acceptable, the headphones detract from the overall look.
We advise against using the built-in microphone that comes with your computer. The audio is not up to SENIA presentation standards.
Your video should have two important aspects: A video of you speaking and your notes/presentation. Putting the two together is usually not too difficult.
Please take a moment to watch one of our past speakers as she demonstrates the power of good sound quality, lighting, and slide placement.
It is assumed that your PC/Mac has a built-in camera. Let us know if this is not the case.
Video Recording Tips
Recording yourself along with a series of slides is a common way to prepare and distribute a presentation for all to enjoy. Check out this example.
There are a variety of software packages to make this possible:
- Zoom requires a paid account to exceed 40 mins.
- Screencastify: Another strong screencasting software. Requires a paid account to exceed five mins. There is not a free pro version for educators available at this time.
- Mmhmm: Great, but with a high learning curve. Mmhmm is a dynamic recording tool with a nice free option.
If you need any help or advice regarding screencasting, please contact us: email@example.com
Strong lighting lets the audience see the best version of you and creates a professional atmosphere.
See this past presenter’s nice lighting look
- Use the 3-point lighting technique to maximize your lighting quality
- Avoid having the light behind you (unless using 3-point lighting), such as a window or lamp. It will darken your appearance
- Place light in front of you. Natural lighting from windows is best, but not always easy.
Backdrop During Recording
What is behind you during your presentation will be noted by attendees. We are all a little curious about where people are presenting from.
- Present from your desk or office. Having a backdrop such as a plain wall, books, shelves, etc. is a nice feeling for the audience.
- Check out the Zoom virtual background option. It can work well if you are not using headphones.