The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Event Speaker Preparation

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

·        Lighting

  • 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

·        Environment

  • Make sure your background is clean, tidy, and simple
  • You should be the focus in your frame
  • Choose a quiet space, free of distractions

Sound

  • 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.

Rehearsal

  • 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