Before the camera – 10 points to professionalize your corporate video presentations

Whatever is repeated is a potential candidate for automation. Repeated or to-be repeated corporate presentations, learning / training programs are no exception. While adding professionalism to our otherwise amateurish video presentations can be exciting, there are many hurdles one has to cross, which are successfully overcome by everyone else,  who have traversed the same path before. Speaking to the camera is a different ballgame when compared to talking to live audience. The time has come for professional managers to develop great video presentation skills. Here are the lessons I learnt from my journey and by observing others behind and before the camera within the corporate world.

  1. Everything needs planning to get perfect results. Professional video making is no exception.
  2. Practice is the key. Do not expect perfection without practice.
  3. No one in this world captures perfect video presentations without retake.This awareness will help you to remain cool and confident in the middle of multiple retakes.
  4. Script / story boards are essential. That is a perfect confidence booster. Will help to avoid repetition.
  5. Good and comfortable dressing and makeup are essential.
  6. Body language is important. Do it during the time of the day when you are most energetic.
  7. Do it incrementally than attempting long single take. If possible do it sentence by sentence. While this increases editing work, this reduces stress on the presenter. Patience and energy to do several takes is important. Do not try to finish it off quickly. Take breaks when required.
  8. Setting the right environment is important. Everyone must set their mobiles to silent mode. There is nothing more frustrating than a ringing mobile during a video recording. Prevent others from moving behind the scenes, unless it is planned so. Do not compromise on perfect lighting and audio as it enhances the viewing experience.
  9. Begin with the end in mind. At the end, you are going to get great product / output. Treat your video shoot as a project. Manage all potential risks pro-actively.
  10. Observing professional corporate video shoots with an intent to learn and improve and then implementing the lessons learnt is the smartest way to master this art. In fact, the points in this blog post are my notes to self which I scribbled down on my mobile phone while observing how professionals perform a professional corporate video shoot at WRENCH.

Project management essentials

  1. Define the goal
  2. Collect requirements
  3. Define scope
  4. Develop product breakdown structure
  5. Develop work breakdown structure
  6. Develop project strategy
  7. Estimate the work packages
  8. Determine budget
  9. Decompose the work Packages into activities
  10. Develop activity sequences
  11. Estimate activity effort and durations
  12. Perform bottom up estimation
  13. Optimise budgets
  14. Develop schedule
  15. Allocate resources
  16. Execute
  17. Change management
  18. Monitor and control
  19. Close the project or phase
  20. Lessons learnt

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The project management certification guide – 2019

It is cut throat competition out there in the certification arena. Every certification body wants to get a pie of the project management certification market. There are the established certification bodies which faces stiff competition from the new comers.   It is a red-ocean out there. The leaders of predictive project management want a share of the adaptive (agile) project management window. The PMI and the PRINCE2 owners are trying their luck in the agile segment and are struggling in the agile space which is dominated by the likes of Scaled Agile,  Scrum alliance, Scrum.org.

The sole objective of this post is to bring clarity to the cluttered certification options, to make it easier for the reader to  choose the right certification or guide others towards the right direction.

Project Management can be broadly classified into two main categories;

  1. Predictive project management – A plan is created for the project from start to finish, and we execute the project as per  the plan. This is well suited for projects where the scope is very clear, and the engineering discipline does not allow for much change (EPC projects).  Most of the engineering, procurement and construction projects demand predictive project management styles because their engineering domain are not suitable for frequent scope changes. The leading players in this segment are;
  2. Adaptive / Agile project management  – Adaptive or agile project management is well suited for projects where the scope is evolving and the technology is very new. These are iterative in nature. The product of the project is developed through small iterations. These are well suited for projects whose engineering domain allows for easy scope changes (I.T projects). The leading players in this segment are;

The following chart depicts the certification streams under two main categories; Predictive and Adaptive or Agile.

PM Career Guide 2019 - high

 

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