Thank you for volunteering to be a presenter at FCCLA’s 2021 National Leadership Conference! The professional presentations are a great addition to our conference and we look forward to having you present your topic to our student and adviser attendees.
Be sure to check back often for presenter updates and important conference information.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Recorded Presentation Resources
How to Record Presentations In Zoom
Zoom is an excellent application for delivering presentations to groups or individually. Zoom has tools that make screen sharing, recording, and annotation simple. The document below outlines the basics of recording meetings that you can share with students and colleagues.
M&M Virtual Video Guidelines
- Avoid a solid white background. Make your background interesting, but not too busy.
- Make sure your background is clean and clutter-free.
- Camera should be elevated to be at or above eye level and no higher than your hairline.
- Position your camera far enough away to capture your shoulders and your entire face with some room to spare. Make sure to leave headroom at the top of your frame.
- If script is not memorized place copy directly above the camera to maintain eye contact. Enlarge the script font if needed.
- Have your largest light source directly in front of you or no more than 45 degrees away.
- Your screen can be a great source of light but make sure it's not too bright.
- Utilize natural lighting, but too much backlight will create shadows. Facing a window is an excellent lighting option.
- Wireless earbuds are ideal.
- Make sure you are on mute when not speaking.
- Look directly into the camera at all times. Present as if you are talking to a person, not a camera.
- Be energetic and remember to smile. You will want to be more animated than normal to engage your audience. (i.e. more expressive facials and voice modulation)
- Stand, don't sit, and be aware of your posture.
- Minimize distractions. Turn off notifications on your computer and silence your phone.
- Make sure family members are aware you are broadcasting to avoid distractions.
- To avoid issues with bandwidth, request family members minimize use of the internet during the broadcast.
Virtual Presentation Recording Tips
Lighting can make or break the professionalism and appearance of an entire presentation. A general lighting guideline to follow when planning your virtual presentation is the Standard Three Point Lighting method. Utilizing this method can help to make a presentation look clean and professional. Use the steps below to help ensure that you will have the best possible lighting for your presentation.
With the camera directly in front of the presenter, there should be three light sources:
- Key Light: This light is located in front of the presenter and off to one side opposing the fill light. This will act as the main light.
- Fill Light: This light is located in front of the presenter and on the opposite side of the key light source. This is used to balance light on the opposite side of your face and eliminate the silhouette on half of your face due to the key light on the opposite side.
- Back Light: This light is located behind the presenter, slightly off to one side. This is used in order to separate the subject from the background.
Click here if you would like to learn more about how utilizing the Standard Three Point Lighting will benefit your overall video presentation.
TIP: If you do not have an abundance of standing lights in your home, position yourself in front of a window so that the natural light is on your face. However, try to avoid having windows behind you, as your face will be silhouetted.
picture & sound
Choose a clean background and quiet space free of distractions.
Set up your presentation in a location where no people, pets, or other sounds will pose as a distraction or interference with your presentation. Any minor movement or sounds in the background can pose as a major distraction to your presentation.
Setting up the correct view of the subject
Use your device's view finder to ensure that the exposure, lighting, and frame are the best they can be.
Click here for tips on how to best frame the presenter.
First impressions are everything!
No matter where you are filming your presentation, an essential component of delivering a professional presentation is appearance!
**Student members are required to dress professionally when recording your presentation. FCCLA encourages you to "Rock the Red" in your official uniform, if possible, or your favorite FCCLA polo.
**Advisers, alumni, partners and other adults are asked to wear business casual or professional attire when recording your presentation.
TIP: You can check your appearance using your devices' camera prior to recording your presentation. This can be found by using your device search bar. Using your camera can also help you locate any distractions in your surroundings.
Treat your virtual presentation like any other in-person presentation.
Memorizing your script before-hand, in conjunction with well-organized materials will work wonders for the overall quality of the presentation. Post-It notes are a great way to create quick reminders on your screen to see while recording.
Reminder - one of the greatest benefit of recording a presentation is the ability to start over if necessary!
Be engaging, and don't forget to smile!
Get out of your comfort zone by using more enthusiasm that may necessarily feel natural, as recordings do not always showcase natural energy to its fullest!
Timing is everything!
Be mindful of your presentation time limits.