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Presenting for the first time

A ll the tips you will need for presenting in front of a camera for the first time. 

Presenting on Camera

Surroundings play a big role.  You don’t want anything around you that’s going to be distracting.  You want to make sure that if you wear glasses there’s not a reflection, and if it’s windy, you want to make sure you can hear what’s being asked and also, make sure you’re being heard.


If you are being interviewed on camera, make sure you think about potential answers to questions beforehand but don’t memorise.

Listen to the questions you’re asked, don’t get argumentative, or flustered, the best thing here is be prepared, but be natural.


When you’re presenting or being interviewed, sound is critical.  Avoid turning away, hitting or touching your microphone, avoid noisy jewellery.  If you’ve got long hair, make sure it doesn’t brush up against the microphone, and the key here, this is so important – always assume that your microphone is on.


When you’re presenting or being interviewed it’s important that you’re comfortable.  If you’re seated, make sure you have good posture and don’t swivel in your chair.  If you’re standing, make sure your weight is on both feet and it’s OK to use your hands, just don’t do it too much.

Hair and Make-up

Hair and makeup when you’re presenting, the key here is not too much you do want to avoid the shine.  Hair, not too big and just watch out for flyaways.

Live Recording

If you’re being interviewed live, from a remote location or studio there’s a good chance you’re going to have to wear an earpiece.  So, make sure you can hear clearly and without distractions.  Ask them where they want you to look, whether straight down the camera lens or off to one side.

The key here is to remember that you are always on. So keep your eyeline and be careful what you say, because you just don’t know when they might cut to you.


When presenting to camera, make sure you keep your eyeline right down the camera lens, unless you’re being interviewed where you would look straight at the person.  Because if your eyes dart around, you can look a little shifty.

Working with Crew

If you’re working with a broadcast crew, create a rapport with them.  Find out where the best place to shoot is.  Where’s best for sound? Ask them how you look because at the end of the day it’s a collaborative experience.

Being interviewed

If you’re being interview by someone, connect with them.  Avoid a monotone voice, a stiff appearance.  If the subject’s a little lighter, feel free to put your own personality into it.  At the end of the day, this is about you enjoying yourself because it really shows.


When you’re presenting what you wear is really important.  You want to stay away from stripes because they can strobe.  If you’re wearing a jacket, make sure you sit on the tail so you get nice clean lines, and if you’re going to have a tie please make sure it’s straight.  Also, if you’re on a green screen, you don’t want to wear green.  Pretty simple.


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This series of tips was produced in the Livecrowd green screen studio.