Important Lessons Learned From My First Experience of Pre-recorded Talk

Photo credits: Jessie Zou

First things first, mad respect for those who regularly do this and have mastered the skill.

A little background

Embrace the unchartered territory

  • There is no audience and you can’t connect with them on a personal level
  • There is no luxury to improvise and be spontaneous
  • There’s a camera watching every emotion on your face
  • It can always be re-recorded so there’s a lack of adrenaline
  • Even if the recording can be edited, there will always be pressure to do it right in one go
  • Mistakes will happen and multiple retakes might drain your energy and can frustrate you
How the setup looks like

Preparation

Get familiar with the team

Get familiar with the environment

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleprompter

Get an idea about the process of editing

Source: https://youtu.be/w2sn-9HTa1w?t=586

The script is the King

Practice out loud

Be conscious about the number of talks in one day

Original tweet: https://twitter.com/jesslynnrose/status/1317481415928385541

Execution

Sleep well and come fresh

Appearance matters

  • With the dark background, light clothes go best. Avoid wearing black if the background is also black.
  • It is advisable to avoid shining objects that reflect the light.
  • Depending on the scale of the event, there may be a make-up artist present who will take care of all the daily imperfections and ensure you look good on the screen.
  • Avoid any physical activities (cycling, jogging, etc. ) before the recording that would make your skin sweat.

Adjust your speech pace

Body language has a key role to play

  • Depending on the setup, you might not be allowed to move around and in fact, there might be a spot marked for you to act as a reminder. Use your hands as you would do normally but just be aware of the frame limit.
  • Free your face right at the beginning and don’t forget to put a natural smile where appropriate. For example, when you are introducing yourself.
  • Audience involvement is key but of course, the context will be different. Nevertheless, you can still use this opportunity to engage with them by asking questions or make them think about something to hold their attention.
  • You will have to make eye contact with the camera alone for the whole duration. If you don’t, your viewers will easily notice it while watching the video.

Don’t overthink too much

I hope it was helpful in some way. I would love to hear your follow up questions or even better if you have something to add based on your own experience. Looking forward to your comments!

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Technical Program Manager at Huawei • Enabling Ecosystem Growth • Talks about Tech, IoT, Soft skills, Careerintech & Partnerships • Co-Organizer @DevRelMunich

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Technical Program Manager at Huawei • Enabling Ecosystem Growth • Talks about Tech, IoT, Soft skills, Careerintech & Partnerships • Co-Organizer @DevRelMunich

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