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Presenter Tips and Tricks


  • The presenter should be aware of the room and screen orientation when setting up the course template. Meaning, if you are facing the class and the projection screen is on your right, you don't want the video window on the left side of the template. You will be facing the opposite direction of where the PowerPoint/computer graphics display on the Mediasite presentation when viewed online.
  • Place the wireless mic on the same side of the body as where the screen is in case you turn towards the slides/content displayed on the screen in the room.
  • Be sure to choose the "Primary Screen" from the control system, or the computer generated material will show a blue screen.

The Presenter(s):

  • Avoid wearing plain white, striped, busy or plaid clothing; dark clothing colors are best.
  • Avoid wearing too much "shiny" jewelry.
  • Eye glasses can cause glare during the presentation.
  • Desktop computers are provided in the Classroom Building rooms 105, 129, and 133. These rooms also have laptop capability, if a presenter would like to use their personal laptop. Laptops are not available for checkout.
  • If there are multiple presentations, it is best if they are all on the same laptop.
  • If it is your first time using the system and you are using your own laptop, arrive at the event 20-30 minutes prior to the event start time. This allows for a microphone sound test and connection of your laptop with your presentation materials. These rooms also have laptop capability, if a presenter would like to use their personal laptop. Laptops are not available for checkout.

The Presentation:

  • The microphone should be placed about six to eight inches from the presenter's mouth. A lapel microphone should be attached to the outside of the clothing to avoid excessive noise.
  • Consider your audience when moving around. While movement may improve communications with the audience present in the room, it is not desirable for webcasts.
  • Consider your audience when planning the lighting. The audience in the room may prefer to view presentations with lower lighting. However, remote viewing is better if the presentation is done in bright lighting.
  • Consider your audience when preparing PowerPoint presentations. While special effects, e.g., flying text, fade in/out, animated images, may capture the attention of the audience in the room, the effects are not captured for remote viewers and can cause problems with the automated slide-advance controls.
  • Font size on displayed materials should be at least 18 pt. using a sans-serif style font such as Arial. Larger point sizes are better.
  • Displays that have light print on a dark background are preferable for the audience present in the room.
  • Limit bullets to four or five per slide.
  • Pay attention to your mouse/pointer location during the presentation. (The pointer is part of the screen shot relayed to remote viewers, so the pointer could appear to emphasize a word or could cover part of the screen display.)
  • When taking questions from the audience, repeat all questions into the wireless microphone.
  • If a live webcast is accepting questions from remote viewers, at the beginning of the presentation, the presenter should instruct viewers to click the "Ask" button located above the video window to submit questions. Remote viewers should not wait until the very end of the webcast to submit questions. (Once a presenter indicates the presentation is completed, the webcast is stopped, had any questions not yet received are lost.)

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