• The Redback Team
  • The Redback Team

    5th January 2016

Frankie Says Relax – Tips for using webcams!

Get your pen and paper out

It’s a familiar situation – you’re about to host your first webinar and as you take your seat you hear those words… “We’re just going to launch your webcam, it won’t take a second.”

Oh no! Not only did I not expect to be on camera today (I’m having the worst possible hair day) but how am I meant to concentrate on presenting when I am well aware that everyone is staring at me?!

Here are some tips that will hopefully ensure that the next time you appear on camera you’ll be fully prepared and ready to shine!

Look into the webcam!

This is an area that can be very difficult to grasp.

Imagine sitting in a meeting where the presenter is talking to you and staring at their notes… Not a good feeling is it?

We understand that you will have a specific structure to follow, however, try and look into the webcam as much as possible. Consider raising your laptop if that feels more natural.

Did you know that fashion is important?

When presenting via a webcam, stay away from stripes and spots!

Funnily enough, it can cause the camera to have a fuzzy effect which could potentially leave your viewers squinting.

We recommend wearing neutral colours, such as a crisp white shirt that will leave your audience to focus on the presentation itself.

Use your hands…

Even though the presentation is not face-to-face, it’s a great idea to pretend that it is!

Relax and act as though you were speaking to a face to face audience. Using hand gestures is a valuable way to positively approach your viewers – wave hello and take advantage of your webcam!

Be mindful of your surroundings…

Be sure to scope your surroundings before beginning…

Will people be walking past you at any stage? Is there a window behind you and will it suddenly go from daylight to darkness half way through your presentation?

It’s always a good idea to test your lighting beforehand and even consider presenting from a private room where you know there will be no disruptions.

I guess above all, it’s important to remember to relax and have a bit of fun with it! The more stressed out you get, the more your audience will pick up on.

Best of luck!
Sara Gonzalez

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