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How to Use Video to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/12/15 3:00 AM
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Why is it that people take “selfies” everywhere, but when you want to take a video of them training in a class, they freak out?! I think I know why people shudder at the thought of being caught on video. They realize the camera doesn’t miss a thing. It doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it, nothing will be missed. This is why video can be such a valuable tool to help us improve our training or presentation skills.

We often use video to record our trainers delivering our workshops. It’s a great way to observe their performance, instructional techniques, etc. You should give it a try! If you’ve never watched yourself deliver a presentation or teach a course, you’re in for a treat! Don’t let the temporary discomfort get in the way of learning valuable lessons. Even Oscar-winning celebrities like Meryl Streep cringe when they watch themselves on film.

When watching your practice video, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Observe your gestures. Do they happen naturally, or do they show up in repetitive and potentially annoying ways?
  2. Watch your movements. Do you pace nervously or move around the classroom smoothly?
  3. Listen to your voice. Does it sound monotonous or does the pitch vary?
  4. Pay attention to your use, or misuse, of proper grammar.
  5. Consider how engaging you are. If you disengage while watching yourself, you can bet your learners did too.

If you are interested in seeing the benefits of recording a video of yourself delivering training or a presentation, consider taking our Instructional Techniques for New Instructors or Polish Your Presentation Skills workshops. In both of these programs you’ll receive valuable feedback from your fellow trainers and your instructor.

Remember that practice, with feedback, makes perfect!

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Lynne has been a course leader with Langevin since 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. After working many years in human resources and sales, Lynne transitioned into training, her true passion, where she’s been facilitating since 1994. Her training philosophy is simple—learning should be fun! The essence of a good instructor is someone who can make complex things easy to understand and fun to learn. In her free time, you’ll find Lynne cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, and scuba diving.

Topics: instructional techniques, presentation skills

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