The Importance of Watching Yourself Present
October 12, 2018 by Scott D'Amico

Over the weekend, we were doing some unpacking from our recent move and came across an old VHS tape from my student teaching days. Before my sales career, I was a high school teacher and as part of our teacher education program, we had to video record ourselves. It was a really interesting exercise. Unfortunately, I no longer have a VCR to be able to watch this, but I vividly remember my key take-a-way from watching myself teach. It was that for the entire 45 minutes I paced back and forth and back and forth in front of the classroom. It was very distracting to watch on tape; I can only imagine how distracting it was for the students to watch their teacher bounce around room like he was stuck in a game of ping pong.

As I thought about that, it really made me reflect on a little over a year ago when I joined Communispond. I had the opportunity to go through our Executive Presentation Skills program and as part of that program, you’re videotaped multiple times. And once again, as I reviewed my recording there, I had an "Aha!" moment. I realized I have what I would call “T-Rex arms.” That means that when I was doing my presentations, my elbows were stuck to the side of my body and I would gesture with just my forearms. My gestures were really tight and I wasn’t moving and taking advantage of the space I had available to me.

So, if you have presentations coming up or if you have presentations for work, I would really challenge you to videorecord yourself. You will learn a lot, be able to come up with a couple things you can tweak for your next presentation, and really make yourself become a more effective presenter.

I would love to hear from you in the comments section below if you videotaped yourself giving a speech or presentation. What was your "Aha!" moment? What did you notice that was distracting or taking away from your message?