“A good video can make all the difference.“
– Brian May
Audio and video are very much a part of our everyday lives, so they are accepted –and even expected media in a presentation. They are attractive options for a presentation because they provide learners with more dimensions by which to receive information. While video and audio both represent a one-way communication to participants, the opportunity to use them as part of learning exercises or in the ensuing discussions adds value to the presentation.
There are three main ways to obtain video material:
Your media budget, the amount of available preparation time, your comfort and skill level with video, and the type of presentation will all influence the direction.AudioAudio can be used as a standalone option, as part of the video, or even created by the participants, such as an exercise to write and sign a song.
For video with audio you will need some type of player, depending upon the media type:
You will also need a projector and a projection screen. Speakers are optional, but recommended for more than the smallest room and group.Although today’s cameras are light-sensitive, you may also need some simple lighting, such as a handyman light from a hardware store. If you want more than the onboard audio built into the camera, get a simple lavaliere or handheld microphone.Finally, especially if budget is an issue, consider using one or more personal video devices — such as smartphone. You’ll also need a handful of inexpensive ear buds. You can pass the iPods around the room at certain times, or have participants up to view and listen to the material. While perhaps less formal than the others, this solution, is much more portable if your presentation is delivering off-site.
Tips and Tricks
Purchased Off-The-Shelf Video:
Personally created video:
Professionally produced video from a production company:
Creating a Plan B
Regardless of the method you use for your audio and video, it is essential to have a backup plan in the event that something goes awry with the technology.
If, for any reason, none of the above is feasible, consider substituting a role play between you and the selected participants. Above all, today’s participants understand the “gotchas” when technology is involved, and will probably be empathetic as you carry on your presentation as if it was no big deal.