By: Bradley Finegan
Last Tuesday, Gina Carr had Ed Primeau as a guest “tweeter” for her weekly NSA Chat. #NSAchat is a weekly live chat via twitter created for keynote speakers. These chats provide a Q&A session with experienced members from different aspects of the industry. For those who missed it, I’m creating this blog post to lay out some of the highlights of the chat.
The first thing Ed asked his fellow tweeters was: “How many people hate themselves on video?” Many speakers don’t like the way they come off on video. Speakers begin to second guess themselves, which leads to questioning aspects of their performance; aspects such as their own vocal quality, movement, energy, etc. Ed’s advice for those people was simple:
“If you embrace the video recording process, you will love yourself on video.”
Becoming comfortable in front of a camera is not an easy task for some, but it is a skill that is very crucial for speakers. As with all things, practice makes perfect, so Primeau suggests that speakers video record themselves before hiring a professional. This will teach speakers how to remain comfortable in front of a camera before they invest in the real deal. No one wants to be unprepared!
Another question that was presented during the NSA Chat was regarding the audience texting during presentations. With the expansion of smartphones and cellphones, people like to stay connected at all times (and they love distractions!). Ed suggests that speakers take advantage of this opportunity. Prohibiting people from using their cell phones is near impossible these days, so Ed recommends guiding your audience to tweet during your presentation. Encourage them to share your wisdom with their followers. Tweeting drives traffic to your site, and optimally, to your purchasable content. Get used to your audience using their portable electronic devices during presentations; it’s not going away!
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