On Screen Presence

On Screen Presence

In today’s world, video plays an increasingly vital role when it comes to communicating your message. This can be in the form of in-house videos and blogs to boost your SEO, or stepping into the glare of the media.

The de Burgh Group offers two distinct courses that focus on on-screen presence and explore the dos and don’ts of appearing on camera, while providing practical tips and advice to making the best of on screen time.

Speaking on Camera

This dedicated course is for anyone who has to deliver pieces to camera for in-house video, webinars, or You Tube blogs. You will learn how to bring your material to life and appear confident and relaxed in front of the camera.

Very few people are naturals when it comes to speaking to camera – it is not a natural process after all. However, there are simple steps to take and techniques to learn that can make a significant difference to the effectiveness and professionalism of your appearance on-camera

Good videos are a combination of factors including decent script, confidence in front of the camera and an engaging use of voice and body language. With the right training you can connect with the viewer, create impact and clearly communicate your message.

The de Burgh Group’s Speaking on Camera course is a hands on session for small groups (of up to 6), combining pre-prepared pieces and on-the-day exercises to practice microphone and speaking to camera techniques.

The course focuses on the following elements:

Analysis of Effective Presenting to Camera

  • What makes an effective piece to camera
  • What can get in the way of the message
  • Problems and difficulties with the camera as compared to presenting to a live audience

Developing and Engaging Voice for Audio recording

  • The importance of posture and breath control on microphone
  • Heightened use of vocal techniques (especially pace, pitch, pause)
  • Speaking with a script
  • ‘Popping’ and other microphone issues
  • What to do when you make a mistake
  • Vocal tone and energy

Delivering an Engaging Piece to Camera 

  • How to sit, perch or stand when on camera and the pros/cons of each
  • Looking ‘down the lens’ and appearing natural, confident and relaxed
  • Gesture and movement (including eyes, face and hands)
  • Appearance
  • Energy – vocal and physical
  • Being interesting on any topic
  • Traps to avoid – potential pitfalls
  • What to do if you make a mistake
  • How to record a long take
  • How to prepare for any recorded/live piece

It was great fun and your assistance / contribution was very well appreciated by all the participants, not to mention the jealousy at the way you handle yourself both in front of the audience as well as in front of the camera.”

Neza van der Leeuw, Global Head ITI Services, Rabobank International

“Excellent and very useful.”

Philip Westmacott, Senior Partner, Bristows LLP

“I thought this was really excellent – both for speaking on camera and presenting more generally.”

Travers Smith