By Candice Rankin, Executive Speech Coach
The following tips may seem obvious to some, but, believe me, they are worth remembering.
- Rehearse in front of the mirror prior to shooting so that not only will you check how you look but most important how you sound.
- Watch videos of professional speakers. Become familiar with their style. You may pick up some pointers which will be useful.
- Keep your clothing simple, subtle, and without patterns. Bright colors and whites do not work well on camera. Muted colors, such as deep blue work best.
- The makeup should be well done – without black circles under the eyes or other imperfections. Your makeup should be understated not aggressive. Use powder to avoid oily skin which could reflect green.
- Make sure your hair style is presentable and appropriate for the project.
- Come to the studio before call time. It will give you a chance to relax and become familiar with the environment and, of course, give you time to prepare.
- Your voice should be clear, and seem to flow effortlessly.
- Do not use long, rambling sentences in your speech. Be sure to pause for punctuation.
- Emphasize the most important parts of your text by altering the tone of your voice.
- Do not try to memorize the text – the teleprompter is there to guide you. Beforehand, give yourself time to practice reading the script on the teleprompter until you feel comfortable with it.
- Practice in front of a green screen. (I know not everyone will have access to it).
- Avoid “ummmmmm” and repeated words in your speech.
- Do not try to be overly dramatic – act naturally. Imagine the camera is your best friend.
- Try to be relaxed and confident.
- Smile! It’s an easy way to connect with your audience.