Information for Speakers

Tips for a live presentation

  • Make your presentation live if you are very comfortable with presenting and being recorded while presenting.
  • If your presentation is recorded and your live session is interactive:
    • Consider having a prepared exercise for everyone to do, or going over any exercises you suggested in your recording.
    • Be sure to have questions prepared so you can pose questions you may have heard from others and talk about these.
    • Work with your Zoom host to help in posing questions should few come from the audience.
    • Consider finding ways for audience members to get to know each other during the session.

Tips for recording a presentation

  • If you are recording on the web, please use an Ethernet connection if one is available. If you must use a wireless connection, consider using the phone for the audio.
  • Remove sources of noise such as jewelry, pets, and ringing telephones.
  • Share your application rather than your screen.
  • Use a script or presenter notes.
    • Welcome your audience and thank them for watching your presentation.
    • At the end, tell how your audience can get in touch with you during Spectrum, and afterward if you wish.
    • Invite the audience to share their experience on social media, such as Twitter.
  • Test your recording method. Ensure your visuals and audio are clear when played back.
  • You need not include video of you, the presenter.
    • A thumbnail of the speaker in the corner may overlap the slides and can be distracting.
    • Some speakers appear on video periodically throughout, alternating with the slides. This can be effective, but there is no need to do this.
    • Consider appearing on camera at the beginning only, or showing a still photo on an opening slide.
  • Invite a friend if you want an audience, or present to an imaginary audience.
  • Remember, the presentation does not have to be perfect. Live presentations are not perfect.

Ways to record a presentation

Note the file format needed for videos is mp4. Use any of the following applications:

  • PowerPoint
  • Google Slides
  • Visme
  • Snag-it
  • Camtasia
  • ScreenCast-O-Matic
  • Adobe Spark, web or mobile
  • Educreations, mobile
  • Vittles, mobile
  • Webinar recording on your own
  • Adobe options
  • Other

Tips for generating a transcript

You can generate a transcript using any of these services:

Tips for creating slides

  • Limit the content on slides to accommodate recording.
  • Make sure that visualizations are readable in the recorded format.
  • If you wish to include a video in the slides, be sure you have the rights and that the video will be clear in the recording.
  • Use the widescreen ratio (16:9, that is, 13 x 7.5 inches or 33.867 x 19.05 cm.).
  • Include a slide at the end with your contact information.


Matt Reiner’s Tips for Presenting Virtually

Matt has shared the video he provided for STC’s first virtual Summit in May, 2020.