In today’s interactive, multimedia world, it’s becoming more and more likely that you will need to work in front of a video camera at some point. Whether it’s Skype meetings or video conferences, organizing your talking points for an audience can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to thrive in this medium:
Think in terms of thought bubbles.
- Compartmentalize your narrative into individual sections, each one filled with enticing content. Breaking up this narrative into bubbles allows you to focus on one talking point at a time without getting overwhelmed. When you string them together they will tell a complete story and bring your viewer on a journey.
Script it out as needed
- Go ahead and write everything you want to say in it’s entirety, but then extract the key thought bubbles / talking points you want to make on a separate document and shred your script. Putting a script between you and your audience is a barrier you don’t want to have.
Play in the moment.
- Memorizing your script word for word will rob your presentation of any spontaneity or energy. Having your thought bubbles will allow room for improvisation during your speech.
- Let’s face it, more often than not a speech doesn’t go exactly as planned: either someone asks a question you weren’t expecting or the topic of conversation is shifted in a way that ruins your narrative’s chronology. Playing in the moment will allow you flexibility to jump around as needed without skipping a beat.
So while it’s important to be prepared, it’s equally important not to be dependent on your preparation in order to let your speech have a life of its own. Break up your content into thought bubbles and go with the flow accordingly.
Alexa Fischer, creator of 1000 Watt Presence, offers advice on creating and articulating genuine dialog in business videos.