If you’you've never presented in front of a camera before then the first time can feel a little nerve-wracking and unnatural. Don't worry too much though as it only takes a little bit of practice and preparation to feel more comfortable and confident about presenting on camera. We’ve come up with our top tips for presenting in front of a camera to help you to feel more confident and prepared on the day.
Prepare and practice your script – It’s important to know the subject that you’re going to be talking about inside out so that you feel confident talking about it even if you’re very nervous. There is a difference between knowing your subject well and reciting your script word for word. If you recite everything word for word then you run the risk of sounding robotic, make sure that you can speak about your topic confidently and naturally.
Know where you need to look – Sometimes you may be asked to present directly to the camera, whereas at other times it may be that you are answering questions directed at you by an interviewer so you will need to look at them. Make sure that you know in advance where it is that you need your focal point to be and ensure that there are no distractions in your line of vision.
Speak clearly – Practice your elocution and make sure that you’re speaking very clearly and not mumbling. Remember that it’s very important to vary your tone and not the volume that you’re speaking at.
Have control of your expressions – Remember that when you’re presenting to a camera people will be able to see all of your expressions very close-up and very clearly. If you’re used to presenting live to large audiences rather than in front of a camera then you may not be used to this. Make sure that you are focused and in the right frame of mind before you start presenting.
Don’t rush it – If you’re feeling a little nervous then there’s always a temptation to rush through your script without pausing. Make sure that you speak clearly and naturally and pause to collect your thoughts throughout your presentation.