Live and virtual events are not made the same. Just because a speaker is dynamic in a live setting, some training is involved to prepare a speaker for a virtual event. Whether this is for internal or external. With a live event speaker, they are used to making great eye contact with the room, walk the floor, etc. But for a virtual event, different elements come into consideration.
Here are some best practices to set your speaker up for success.
Set the Stage
· Camera Framing
- Place webcam or mobile device slightly above eye level
- Center yourself leaving an inch of space above your head
- Always choose landscape versus portrait
- The main light source should come from behind the camera
- Ensure that you are well lit but not overexposed
- The light should be evenly diffused and void of any shadows
- Make sure your background is clean, tidy, and simple
- You should be the focus in your frame
- Choose a quiet space, free of distractions
- Deliver CONTENT that is relevant & valuable to the attendee.
- For best SOUND, use a higher quality microphone or headphone.
- Make sure everything in the camera frame looks PROFESSIONAL.
- Focus your ATTENTION directly on the camera lens.
- Schedule a test run to ensure your content is coming through in the best way.
- Ensure strong Wi-Fi connection throughout, hard-wired internet preferred.
- Close all other applications on your device.
- Test, test, test