Public Speaking: Lights! Camera! Action!

January 26th, 2009 by Frank Damelio

If you are truly serious about improving your public speaking, then consider video taping yourself.  You’ll be amazed at how well you do some things, and you’ll find areas for improvement that you never imagined.

After many years of teaching advanced public speaking skills, I still watch the videos of my presentations and I ALWAYS find areas for improvement and little things that make me laugh.

Video recording has an extra bonus for those of us who perform the same presentation multiple times.  I wish I were a naturally funny person, because adding humor does wonders for your presentation. However, even though I’m not a comedian, I still get lucky with a funny line here or there.  When I critique my presentations, I’ll always make note when the audience laughs.  I write that line down and use it again.  After a while, it appears that I actually have some wit.

Those who are serious about public speaking will find great benefit to recording their presentations.  If video is too cumbersome for you, consider a digital audio recorder with a lavaliere mic – small investment with a big return.

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2 Responses to “Public Speaking: Lights! Camera! Action!”

  1. David Portney, Public Speaking Training "Wizard" Says:

    Those are indeed good and positive uses for videotaping your talks / speeches / seminars and presentations.

    Here’s a couple of additional points, pro and con:

    Pro: videotaping your talks means you can easily create audio and/or video products which you can sell or simply give away as promotional and marketing tools.

    Con: this is a biggie – if you practice Karate and videotape that looking to improve your skill, a Karate Master is who you should be showing it to. Even Tiger Woods has a golf coach, and we can’t see what we don’t know we should be looking for that Masters would easily see and point out.

    David Portney

  2. Frank Damelio Says:


    Thank you for your input. I absolutely agree that there is tremendous value in having your presentation reviewed by an expert in the field. While we may ourselves catch SOME of the obvious areas for improvement, we may miss others along with many of the subtleties.



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