Even The Olympic Pros Can Look Awkward

I have been banging on for years in our media training workshops about the need for people to “look natural” when they are being filmed while walking – this is often a media request so they have footage to use with some voice over, usually introducing you to the story.

However I’ve been watching the 9 Network presenters at the London Olympics and, gee, even with all their experience they often looked awkward while walking in front of the studio wall of video. When you saw them seated behind a desk they looked much more at home.

I think the main problem was that they had to walk really slowly to pace themselves against the footage showing sequentially along the video wall. This slowness robbed them of that natural look which is so important not only for credibility but also to keep the viewers’ attention on what you’re saying rather than what you’re doing.

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