What I've found from experience is that presenting on and off camera is both a science and an art.
As an academic tutor and university lecturer I’ve spent plenty of time standing up and presenting to students, and I've now racked up plenty of hours in front of the camera by creating my own online course, Make Me A MetaLearner, and teaching on my YouTube channel.
To improve my skills, I've studied some of the best presenters, both past and present, to try and find out what they did differently.
What I discovered is that they all followed certain rules, despite having very different individual styles, which have been developed through years of consistent deliberate practice.
These rules apply whether you’re a beginner who’s presenting for the first time, or an experienced pro who’s spoken plenty of times before.
In this episode I'm joined by writer videographer and all around MetaLearner Will Reynolds and we discuss:
- How to create a consistent presenting style and tone
- How to manage your energy levels to come across well
- How to optimise your body language for maximum impact
So whether you're looking to get in front of the camera or want to nail a presentation at work, this episode has you covered.
The process of authoring and producing my first course, Make Me A MetaLearner, was a great learning experience for me.
It taught me a lot about the skills of research and writing and the importance of structuring educational content in a way that's easy to digest and understand for students.
As a university lecturer I’ve spent plenty of time preparing lessons and delivering them to students, but authoring an online course was a completely different ball game for me.
Looking back, I can see that a big part of the process could be broken down into a number of key steps, which I had to figure out by trial and error.
This episode is part of my process for reflecting on what I've learned and in it I'm joined by writer, videographer and all around MetaLearner Will Reynolds. We discuss:
- How to brainstorm ideas effectively and channel them into a skeleton structure
- How to manage the process of a prolonged piece of writing and stay productive
- How to build a system that makes your educational content easy to understand
So whether you want to author your own educational content or are just curious about what goes on behind the scenes here at MetaLearn, this episode has you covered.