3 Proven Strategies to Convey Real Emotion in Your Next Presentation

Ok, you choose a killer topic (check). You researched your topic and you confident that you can answer any questions that may be asked (check). You have a bulleted and super organized outline (check). Your Introduction, body and conclusion are perfect (check). You are all set, no!

Having all those is a great start, but you need to make sure people are going to “get” what you are presenting.

Proper use of your voice is crucial. Used properly you can give life to your presentation, stir up emotion, inspire someone, drive home the points that are important about your topic. Ok, how do you it?

Here are the three tips to instantly liven up and presentation…

o Adjust your volume
o Change your pace
o Vary your pitch

Adjusting Your Volume – This is a delicate subject, because if you adjust your volume to high, people will become annoyed. If you go to low, they won’t be able to hear you. If you do it many times, it will lose it effectiveness. So, how is it done properly?

Be natural, you do it all the time in natural conversation. If you need to read something “strong” or have to be forceful varying your volume will make a lasting impression. Generally raising your voice is preferred to lower it.

Change of Pace – Words flow in conversation as our minds formulate into speech, this happens at different frequencies. This is the way a presentation should e given. If a portion of your presentation is exciting (or your excited about it) speak a little faster.

The likewise is true also, if the presentation has a somber aspect, speak a little slower in those parts too.

Don’t prepare the wording too carefully. Notice, I didn’t say not to prepare? Always prepare! What I mean is do not become monotone with the presentation at the same pace all the way through.
Quick Tip: Speaking from a bullet outline will almost solve this issue instantly. Key phases and thoughts will come to mind.

Vary Your Pitch – Excitement and enthusiasm when used in normal conversations are accented by a higher pitch in the person’s voice. Do the same thing in your public speech. The reverse is true with sorrow or anxiety; most people use a lower pitch when expressing these emotions. People have a natural “feeling” (or pitch) with certain emotions.

These are proper to use in public speaking as well. Just don’t speak the words, feel the words. All dynamic speakers project these emotions and you can too with a practice.

These three tips will spice any presentation. Used in the right amount you will bring out the full flavor of your presentation.

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Teleprompters 101 – Preparing For Your First Presentation

Any time a presentation calls for the delivery of pre-written, detailed information within specific time frames, it’s time to use a teleprompter. Also referred to as prompters or auto-cues, teleprompters are widely employed on television to deliver news or weather reports, in entertainment such as game shows or advertising and also for documentaries and life style programming. Teleprompters also find use in non-broadcast video work. Many professionals find a pre-recorded message the most effective method to get their message across to associates, work force or even for prospective clients.

Auto-cues are fairly simple in use and the end result highly effective, making them customary for live events such as award ceremonies, conferences, launches and even as tools for keynote speakers. Anyone new to using a teleprompter might be a bit apprehensive. New users might experience discomfort, the onset of nerves or even sleepiness. Some new presenters can even come across as looking dishonest. The information in this article is designed to give you a summary of what to expect on a video production and how to get the best results from using a teleprompter on your next production.

Word Smithing

All the information for your presentation is contained in the script. More than just written words, a script should be designed to be delivered, rather than simply read. Scripts usually go to a production company who pass these to their auto-cue operators for formatting. Most production companies can accept almost any word-processing formats on PC’s or Mac’s. Just be sure not to leave it to the last second. Use the contracted form of words whenever applicable. This gives your script a more flowing delivery and better reflects how people speak. Concise sentences will get your message across more accurately. Your auto cue script should only contain the text to be read. No formatting, tables, indents, charts, borders, scene directions . . . just your monologue. If your presentation relies on visual aids, confine these to graphics that can be displayed to your audience. Once the teleprompter operator receives your script, this will typically undergo some pretty basic formatting to make sure the script flows well and the words are clear on the auto-cue monitor. Making your script too complicated by using images or storyboards for example could well incur expensive editing. Stick to the basics…just the script!

Clothes Maketh the Man

After your script is completed, it’s time to take a look at some of the visual elements of your presentation, namely, how you will look on video. A script is usually written with a particular audience in mind, so dress accordingly. Theatrical aspects not withstanding, presenters would do well to wear comfortable clothing, reflecting the mood and general tone of the message they are trying to get across. Avoid striking reds wherever possible and steer clear of bright white clothes. These don’t reproduce well on video and are usually less than flattering to your skin tones. Patterned fabrics with fine lines such as pinstripes or hounds-tooth should be avoided as these can look distracting on camera. Makeup is used for both cosmetic and technical reasons . . . covering up spots is one thing but lights used in both video and stage environments are bright, harsh and hot, so makeup is often used to cover up the shiny spots on the T of the face caused by the heat (and sometimes by nerves). Stage and video shoots are strange environments to get used to. The end result is what counts. A video shoot might look and feel wrong in the making, but if the end result looks good, that’s essentially all that counts. Don’t feel too badly if you have makeup applied or your clothing rearranged. The producer of the project will be the best source of information and advice regarding your wardrobe and general appearance, in order to better mesh with the overall tone of the project.

Location, Location, Location

Productions can take place in studios, offices, houses or even streets. The most basic rule of any shoot, regardless of the location is simple. Safety first. Be aware of stray cables, low slung overhead rigging, light stands and any other props in dangerous spots. Not only are the lights intense, they often burn very hot . . . so don’t touch them! Upon arrival, the Director will fill you in with all the details on how the set is actually set up and make all the necessary introductions with the crew. For a shoot involving the use of a teleprompter, the crew will usually consist of at least four people. The teleprompter operator, the sound operator, the camera operator and the Director.

You probably won’t play a part in any of the technical matters and most of the tricky stuff will be for before you arrive and after the shoot is finished. Your first stop will be makeup and wardrobe, but if you do have any last minute additions to the script, get these to the teleprompter operator these as soon as possible. Most of the teleprompter’s function is turning computer output into smooth scrolling TV output for your monitor. It usually has very basic text editing functions, so the more lead time the operator has, the better the output. Word changes are easy, but if you want to add a whole page of text, that will take as much time as it takes to enter or copy it from one file to another. When the script is finalized in the teleprompter, it’s your time to act. A glass of water and when the Director says “3-2-1″… it’s action time.

3-2-1 ACTION!

When you step in front of the camera, people may seem to be fussing over you . . . just let them. Unless alterations need to be made during your pre-read, you probably won’t hear very much from the teleprompter operator. Your first glance into the monitor will soon tell you why formatting and highlighting are a bad idea. The space they take up would leave little space for anything else on the screen. The Director is in charge of directing your delivery during the rehearsals and the actual shoot. If time permits however, the teleprompter operator will often provide a general outline of the cue. Be sure to check out part 2 of this series, where I outline the 5 main points to think about for your presentation.