Thoughts for Onscreen Presenters
If you are someone who gets in front of the camera to present on your video announcements, this one’s for you! Your body language speaks volumes to the audience so learning to project confidence when you stand in front of the camera is huge. Here’s a few quick things to keep in mind when it comes to the physical side of presenting.
Wardrobe & Makeup
Your presenters on screen are a reflection of your church. If they look good, your church looks good. I know this can be a touchy subject, but don’t be afraid to go all “Stacy and Clinton” on a good presenter if they don’t have a knack for fashion (I’m talking about the TLC makeover show “What Not to Wear” for any of you not trackin’ with me right now). Helping your presenters look their best will only build their confidence in front of the camera. So try bringing in that hip and classy college age girl to teach your presenters how to do their makeup in a “not so jr. high” way. Keep oil wipes, powder and hair products handy! I know it may seem uncomfortable to address the issue of appearance, but when you care about the small things, it makes a big difference. Be classy, be fashionable and make your people look good.
What do I do with my hands?
Chances are, if you are thinking about them enough to ask this question, you could probably stand to use them less. Your hands shouldn’t be a distraction, they should support what you’re saying. I would suggest to watch other people. Watch a pastor you admire or Google around for some E News videos online and watch how their presenters use their hands. You just want to use them naturally, just like you do in everyday conversation, you know...like a real human! Don’t move them rhythmically to the beat of your words and don’t wave them around like a crazy flight attendant putting on a seatbelt presentation. Get in front of the mirror and practice if you must, but be real and normal with those hands!
Stand Up Straight
This is really simple. If you stand up straight and tall, throw those shoulders back and just pretend to be confident, the audience will probably believe you. And if you do it enough, you will begin to believe you too. Here’s a couple of things to try: don’t stand with your feet together, widen your stance a bit, this gives you the flexibility to shift your weight from side to side when you feel it’s needed. I’m not talking about a calculated movement that looks rehearsed. I’m talking about a casual shift from time to time that can help the audience track with you if you need to change gears. It feels casual and casual is good. Oh, and here’s a total bonus for the whole stance thing...it’s always great for people to see that you have 2 different legs. The smashed together look is not very flattering and if you’re using a backlight like Gary suggests it’s gonna look oh so nice.
Next time, we’ll talk about the delivery side of things, like how to find and keep great energy and learning to play with the pace of your speech. Those are biggies! Feel free to post a question or two if I missed something you want to know about!