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On Camera Tips

  • Make sure you absolutely know who is going to be in the audience, why they are there and why they invited you to speak.
  • Go to the facility early to make sure you're comfortable in the surroundings. Check the microphone, lighting, and audio/visual equipment.
  • The first 30 seconds have the most impact. Don't waste these precious seconds with Ladies and Gentlemen or a weather report. Launch right in with a startling statement, quote, or story. End with a bang, not a whimper.
  • Good eye contact helps your audience feel more relaxed and builds confidence in your speaking knowledge and ability. Maintain eye contact by knowing your speech well enough that you need only occasionally glance at your notes.
  • Good posture portrays confidence. Square your feet shoulder-width apart and plant flat on the ground. Swaying or too much movement can be distracting to your listeners.
  • A natural position for your arms is relaxed by your sides. To emphasize strong points, you'll want to use movements that are deliberate and precise, but look natural and spontaneous.
  • Be aware of habits you might have like crossing your arms, leaning against a wall or the podium, or tapping a pen. This might also be distracting to your audience or tell them that you are uninterested or unconfident.
  • Sometimes tone of voice can have more impact than the message. Put feeling and energy into your voice by practicing vocal skills. You can add interest and variety to your speech by:
  • Varying the pitch throughout sentences to convey emotion (high and low)
  • Change the speed of your words to dramatize the audience
  • Use pauses and silences instead of uhs, ums, and you knows
  • Increase and decrease the volume of your voice emphasize main points and draw in the listeners (soft and loud)
  • Add vitality so your voice never sounds monotonous or emotionless
  • Involve your audience by: asking questions, talking to them directly (not to your material) and sparking their interest. This helps establish a relaxed rapport with your audience.
  • A little humor in your speech lets the audience know you are human and people actually learn more if they are having fun. Try to incorporate personal stories or current events to add fun to your speech.