Inspire the Audience
You have taken a very brave step to share your experiences, expertise and work with an audience of several hundred people at BeOnline. Currently, many researchers are struggling to take their behavioural research online. Delegates will be particularly interested in how your took lab research online:
The hurdles and challenges that you faced, and how you over came them.
The experiments you ran to develop a protocol that works and delivers high quality data.
It’s especially good if you have a slide of top tips for successful online research.
How to be seen and heard at BeOnline
Your content is surely outstanding, but giving a presentation online comes with it’s own set of challenges. However, we are here to help you be seen and heard the best way possible — all with the equipment you (probably) already have at home. Here are our best tips:
Lock yourself in a quiet room
Although very funny, there’s only a few things more distressing than people storming into your room while you are presenting in front of a audience of hundreds. Inform the members of your household of your big day and ask them to keep it down.
Use the best microphone avaible to you
Your laptop or desktop computer probably has a webcam and a microphone built-in. While the webcam might deliver good results, the microphones usually fall flat. Wired headphones (or even AirPods) enhance your sound quality by being of higher production quality and closer to your mouth. If you have a dedicated external USB microphone — like a Blue Yeti or Samson Q2U — lying around the house, feel free to test which device gives you the better sound quality.
Use headphones in discussions
Microphones have a bad tendency to pick up sound — what a surprise! Jokes aside, you don’t want your microphone to pick up what your speakers are playing, for example what your co-presenter or someone asking a question just said. Easy fix: Use headphones.
Fill your face with light
Front-facing natural light is the best. If that isn’t possible, two desk lamps can help to evenly light your face and accentuate features.
Avoid low angles
A built-in laptop webcam will stream mostly your chin and nostrils, not your face. Use an external camera or move your laptop camera higher by propping up your computer with a couple of books. You want to bring the camera to eye-level or higher.
Of course, if you are already looking into upgrading your gear, then our friendly Gorilla Presents host Josh can share his equipment list with you. Feel free to reach out on Twitter!