While adding video to your presentations is the perfect way to catch the attention of your audience, there are a few things that you should think of and know to make sure the quality is top notch.
Embed a video straight from YouTube into your PowerPoint presentations. This might also seem like a technical impossibility that would take far too long but it is simpler than you think. Software like LiveSlides makes it easy to embed YouTube video in PowerPoint. Putting the video straight into your presentation will look much more professional than switching between tabs or fumbling around trying to find the video before finally getting it to play. You can either use a video that has already been uploaded onto YouTube by another user or film your own video and upload it to YouTube.
Be creative with the videos you choose.
There is plenty of room for creativity in the videos you choose or film yourself. For example, is there a movie clip that could back up your argument in an amusing way? Could the lyrics of a famous song help you? Or perhaps you and your colleagues could film an over-dramatised re-enactment to make everybody in the room laugh. You can do this with a regular video camera and basic editing software, or even on your phone if you are in a tight spot. Think carefully and do some research, without going overboard on watching videos, and you’ll find the perfect clips for your presentation.
Leave plenty of time for setup and testing.
You will still need to set aside a little time to make sure your presentation is perfect and working properly. If you decide to shoot a video yourself, budget some time to transfer the video to your computer, edit it, and upload it to YouTube. When your video and presentation are done, test your presentation on whatever equipment you’ll be using the day of. If you’re using something more than your laptop and a projector, know that unexpected technical issues could occur. And the last thing you want is embarrassment covering up all your hard work.
Start and end with a video.
It is normal to feel nervous when you step up to begin your presentation, which could lead you to fumble your words. It takes anywhere from 15 seconds to a minute for people to make their first impression of you so you need to start off strong. Beginning your presentation with a funny or thought-provoking video will make people sit up and pay attention to the rest of what you have to say. a strong, memorable ending is just as important. Their suggestion is using a compelling personal story. This will win back any listeners who might have started to doze off and impress your clients, boss or other evaluators.
Using videos in your presentation will make you stand out from the rest, as most people still have not figured out how to fully utilise them. Follow this guide and save yourself a lot of time and hassle. Presentations will never be a bore again.
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