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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.
- 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 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
- 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.)