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Video vs Powerpoint

Updated on October 4, 2012

Video presentations have become much more popular recently than PowerPoint presentations and with little surprise. Videos are much easier for an audience to watch and can be more interesting than watching a presenter just stand there and talk. But don't be fooled by the simplicity of setting up a video and letting it play in place of you speaking for it too has disadvantages. The biggest one being that most presenters already know what the slides say and thus tend to make words on the screen stay on for too short an amount of time. Test it with a friend or family member to make sure the timing is right because if it is too long then the audience will get bored.

Boredom! If you are making a video for youtube and don't want to speak then try to find a fitting music to go along with the video. There is nothing worse than sitting and watching a silent film. But if you are going to speak make sure to rehears and even write down what it is you are planning to say. You just sound stupid if you ramble with no focus on where you are going. Don't blast the music. One thing I like to do with my videos before i post them is test them on different speakers, I'll save the video on a USB and play it on my desktop with the speakers set to where I normally put them and if its too loud or soft I'll edit based on this. Don't set everything as high as it goes and expect the audience to adjust accordingly, they might just turn you off.

Proof read! Remember in school every year your English teachers would tell you to proof read your work before you turn it in? This is a habit that should be used in everything that you do. Just like when you are going to make a presentation in front a group of people think about your video as a presentation to the world. Wouldn't it be embarrassing if the president got up to speak and his presentation had typos in it? There are too many videos out on youtube that the creator misspelled something or wrote the wrong word and then tried to cover it up with one of those annotations... that just makes it look worse. Save yourself the embarrassment and check everything before you upload it.

Let it sit. This is the one that I know we all struggle with. When you finish something you are so ready to get it out there and see what people think that we just throw it out and forget about it. But this is not always the approach that should be used. Like a good wine that needs time to ferment sometimes your work whether its a video or PPT presentation if you take some time to work on something else even just for a few hours and come back it can be like looking at it with fresh eyes. So take a nap, watch a movie, go for a walk just do something else for a little and it can make a big change, it could be the difference between 100 views and 100,000 views you never know.

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