"Can you believe he wore that tie with that shirt?"
"That trainer just rambled on and on. I didn't know where he was
going half the time. What a waste of time!"
"Video training is boring. It just doesn't work."
If you've ever tried using video to reduce training costs, you have
probably heard comments like these. Maybe you've had these same thoughts
about instructional video programs. The problem is often not in the
content or the medium, but in the performance. Yes, presenting on
camera, like any live speaking situation, is a performance. It takes
some training and a little practice to keep that audience awake and
engaged. It also takes planning and preparation to create programs that
deliver measurable results. Paradigm Three ScriptBuilding
services will turn your live lecture into a formal presentation
delivering the same predictable, measurable content to every audience.
Very few people are "naturals" when it comes to public speaking, and
fewer are immediately comfortable in front of a camera.
Learning to present well, to put our best foot forward can eliminate
most of the anxiety and allow us to provide a clear and concise
presentation. Performance Coaching from our broadcast experienced
directors will give added poise and confidence to any presenter.
Most people are uncomfortable having their picture taken. They worry
about the way they look in general without considering the combined
effect of the different elements of style and performance. Our
Performance Coaching provides specific instruction on clothing colors,
styles and patterns that are appropriate for the best on-camera "look."
We help presenters identify physical postures that will make them feel
comfortable and "in authority" when in front of a group or the camera.
Instruction in where to stand, when to move, and when to stay put,
called "blocking" in stagecraft jargon, helps presenters formalize their
programs and emphasize key points without become stiff or hiding behind
a podium. Simple tips on hair and make-up where appropriate help
presenters feel their best because they know they look their best. Tom
Brokaw wears make-up every night on TV. It doesn't make him a sissy; it
makes him look like a professional.Learning to take cues from the
technicians will mean your program starts smoothly and has the distinct
advantage of sound from beginning to end.
Rambling, digressing and drifting off subject are all part of
disorganization, lack of preparation and a too casual attitude toward
the subject or the audience. Working with hundreds of presenters, we've
heard all the reasons for poor presentations.
Without a written script, your program is never
the same, and you have no way of measuring the results of the learning.
Good scripting reduces overall program length and focuses on the key
training "take-aways." Our Scripting Method uses your live presentation
as a content model, thus saving hundreds of hours of research and data
checking. Our experienced scriptwriters then edit and enhance your
content for clarity and ease of delivery. Your audience gets a
consistent, language appropriate presentation that delivers clear
information without digression or repetition.
"I just talk to the slides."
- Wouldn't it be better to talk to
"I've done this program so often I can do it in my sleep."
you sure you're not doing it in the audience's sleep as well?
"This material is so complex, I could never write it all
- So how do you know you're getting it right every
Top 10 Keys to a Bad Presentation
10. Make six slides when twenty are needed. Leave each one up for
9. Jam every slide with unreadable, 8 point text.
8. Put up a slide, and then digress on some unrelated topic for
7. Don't introduce yourself. Put up your first slide and then
talk about the restroom facilities and parking vouchers for three
minutes. Drift into your presentation with a vague anecdote about 'this
guy I used to work with.'
6. Wander aimlessly around the room, stopping only to read the
slides to the audience verbatim.
5. Stand in front of the projection screen with text written
across your face.
4. Leave your microphone wires dangling down your front, catch
the wire on your hand, ripping your mic off and causing an ear splitting
crash over the loudspeakers.
3. Carry around a big handful of slide printouts and continuously
shuffle them while you're speaking. Avoid eye contact.
2. Change your program content at the last minute, show up late,
don't rehearse with the A/V equipment, and stumble through the material
like it's the first time you've ever seen it.
1. Last but not least: Don't take any instruction from the A/V
technician. Sound and picture is their problem; You're here to deliver