6 Tips for Giving a Speech Online

With most of the world suddenly working at home, we have a six tips to giving the best online speech:

1) Find an audience (if possible):

Delivering a speech with no one in the room does not truly replicate the real-world experience of giving a speech. Where will you find your audience? If you have children, animals, or family at home, use them as your audience. When you record your presentation, have your audience sit partially in frame (you should be the main subject of course), so your digital audience can pick up on the nonverbal cues of the in-person audience. We know finding an audience can be difficult during these times. If you can't find an audience, video chat with someone. Seeing others nonverbal reactions helps you become a better speaker!

2) Choose a location that is conducive for videos: Choose a location that is conducive to video recording, like an office or den. Somewhere quiet so you limit the distractions to you and your audience. Make sure the background is not cluttered as it could distract your digital audience. Avoid windows or mirrors near the speaker as they could cause reflections and glares. If you are presenting with visual aids, you need to take extra care when filming. If you plan on editing your presentation to overlay the visual aids onto the video, only record yourself. However, if you are not editing your presentation (which is what most instructors will want) make sure your camera angle includes the aids and yourself.

3) Know your equipment: Your video doesn’t have to be as if a film production studio recorded it, but it should be high quality. You don’t need high tech equipment these days—most cell phone cameras will get the job done. Make sure your recording is clear and not pixelated. Video recording is only part of the process of recording, audio is just as important. Make sure your audio comes through clear, not grainy, and if using a microphone that it is turned up. If you are using a microphone, make sure it placed the correct distance from your mouth to prevent sounding garbled or distorted. Your vocal tone, volume, pitch, and energy should be as if you are presenting with a room full of people. Give your speech as if you were giving it to a room full of people.