Category : Presenting techniques

11 Jan 2017

I’m sorry, what did you say?

Business jargon, what’s the point? I only ever watch one episode of each series of The Apprentice… The one when the contestants have the interviews and get ripped to shreds because most of them are full of BS. Yes, I’m calling them contestants as it’s a game show in my opinion and not a serious business programme.   All this business lingo just drives me crazy, why can’t they just talk properly. I can just imagine what a business meeting would […]

09 Jan 2017

What Teletubbies has taught me about directing business videos

In the mid 90s I left the BBC and became a freelance director. Over the next 15 or so years I was fortunate enough to direct many different programmes, for many different television broadcasters, including: DIY programmes for Discovery Home and Leisure Puppet programmes for Channel 5 Poker programmes for Sky Animations for CBBC Comedy for Nickelodeon and Teletubbies for Cbeebies Every programme I worked on developed me as a director, taught me new things and helped me hone my […]

02 Jan 2017

I don’t want to be on video

“I don’t want to be on video!” … is the biggest excuse I hear from people who avoid using video as part of their business marketing. The first thing is to look at the real reasons why people avoid video. These are the most common excuses I hear:  – I don’t like the way I look or sound on video – I’m not going to be good enough Lets deal with the first one first. I don’t like the way […]

25 Aug 2016

Presenter’s block and how to handle it

Do you freeze in front of camera? Or don’t know what to say when the director says “action”. Maybe you are suffering from presenter’s block. First of all, I have no idea if presenter’s block is a real term or not, so I am going to define it just in case WRITER’S BLOCK – the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing PRESENTER’S BLOCK – the condition of being unable to […]

15 Aug 2016

Don’t sweat the technical

What’s the best camera to film with? I often get calls from people who want videos made and the first question they ask is “what camera do you use?” If you want to work with me that is not a question you need to ask, because if you are worried about the technical stuff; what camera I’m using, what microphones I’m using, what lights I’m going to set up, then you’re not interested in the content. It is just about […]

04 Mar 2016

Do you need to be perfect in front of camera

What’s better? Being perfect in front of camera or being passionate in front of camera? My belief is that being perfect is not achievable, so it’s simple for me, it’s much better to be passionate. If you’re perfect, well, where can you go from there? And, if you make a mistake what’s going to happen? Is your whole world going to collapse? On the other hand, if you are passionate about what you do and you make a mistake, there’s […]

15 Dec 2014

How to get your YouTube video watched all the way to the end

How do you get people to watch your YouTube video all the way to the end? There are a few things you can do in your video to keep your audience engaged and watch all the way to the final frame. Watch the video… All the way to the end… To see what you can do to keep people watching.   Tip #1: Headline your video Right at the start of your video, tell your viewers what the video is […]