Experiencing a talk in-person versus watching a video

Is seeing a movie the same as seeing a play?  Watching a concert the same as listening to a CD (or a 33 rpm record)?

Similarly, seeing a talk in-person has differences versus watching a video.  Bear this in mind when evaluating a video of a talk.  Is the talk you are evaluating intended to be in-person, a video, or both?  A video talk might be intended to be performed one-way (broadcast TV or a video distributed for viewing later), partial two-way (broadcast webinar where the audience might ask questions at particular times),  full two-way (video-linked meeting,  Skype).  Is it a final product, or a practice, in which case the audience might be missing?

In-person: speaker and audience members react to each other, explicitly and implicitly.  An audience member feels how others are reacting – visual cues, sound, maybe even touching or foot-stomping vibrations.  The speaker sees and hears the audience.  Positive synergy can (and should) occur.

Video (speaker with no audience): there is no speaker-audience interaction and you, the evaluator, have to account for that.   Is the final product to also be one-way video, or might it be in-person, both in-person & video,  partial two-way video, or full two-way video?  Couch your coaching accordingly.

Video (speaker in front of an audience you can’t see): you, the evaluator, have limited clues on how the audience is reacting.

Video (speaker in front of a visible audience): you can see the audience.  Depending on the sound recording (such a mike on the speaker) you may hear little of the audience reaction.   You will get little, of any, of the group synergy of an in-person audience.

Consider sharing with the PostAndCoach audience (by leaving a comment here), your observations of experiencing a talk in-person versus watching a video.  In particular, how can a speaker adjust accordingly?

Example 1: The quality of a video with regard to lighting on the speaker seems (to this commenter) to be more important than when in-person.  A video watcher is in a room with ambient light different than where the video was taken.

Example 2: A video speech looks different if it is just a single fixed view of a stage, or a multi-viewpoint professional edited video.

Example 3: A video speech looks different if one can see the speaker’s face up close or just a body on a distant stage.  Compare what you are evaluating versus what the speaker might be practicing for.

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