At a conference in Dallas this weekend, I had some unique opportunities –
To be inspired by two of the best from my list of "The Top Ten Communicators of 2006" - and speaking from the same platform. Rick Warren and Israel Gaither were great, but more on them in another post after I get the videos to show.
Of the many workshops, there was only one that used black slides in their PowerPoints and had several videos embedded (mine) - and too few that used good PowerPoints or support materials at all. In the two I saw where video was used, there was the awkward and unfortunately common delay of going to the video player either on the same computer or with a separate DVD player.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
First of all, video is a great additive – an easy way to change the pace and get music, emotion, action and drama to enhance your message. And it is very simple to embed your video in your PowerPoints so that you just have to click the clicker for next slide and it plays automatically. I was surprised when one very good presenter who switched to his Windows Media Player to play his video did not know this basic process.
Embedding video in your PowerPoints (or PPs)
Briefly put (if you need more, email me):
- Be sure the video you want to use is on your hard drive (and ideally a compressed version in a .wma format for PCs)
- In PP make a black slide (no template, black background), and then from the menu click Insert, Movies and Sound, Movie from File and click on the desired video file.
- When the frame of the file shows up in PP click the “Automatically” when it asks how you want the movie to start.
- Resize the frame to fill 90% of your screen.
That’s all there is to it. Be sure you have a speaker for your laptop, or hook into the room sound system. I always put a black slide before and after my videos to give me talk time, but that’s not necessary for those that don’t use black slides. (Though if you don't, why not?)
With the video revolution going on, you can obtain good videos to support your messages from many different sources, including your own camera. On another post I’ll tell you how to easily download and edit videos from YouTube – one of the best sources. But no matter where you get videos, you will be a much better and more skillful communicator if you USE videos and embed them to play them seamlessly in your PPs.