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falling during a presentation

Today’s topic is falling during a presentation. Sometimes when you are reporting, you trip and fall. It doesn’t happen too often, but people wonder how to react when it does happen and they worry they will be embarrassed.

If you fall during a presentation, and you’re not seriously hurt, just get back up and laugh it off and continue with the presentation. It may be hard to do, but try to not take it or yourself too seriously. However, if you are seriously hurt after a fall, let the other ones around you know and they will focus the camera on someone else and get you the help you need. Try not to be embarrassed; it happens to everyone.

What about you? Did you ever fall during a presentation? What happened? Were you seriously hurt or not? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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presenting a news story

Today’s topic is how to present a news story. One of the most basic things you have to do in reporting is presenting a news story. Some people may not know how to go about reporting one. This is how to present a successful news story.

Before you start your presentation, read thru or rehearse thru what you are going to say and make sure you understand all of it, and the emotions it conveys. When you do the presentation, show the right emotions and look at the camera so your audience feels like you are looking at them, because you are addressing them. If it is a serious story, make sure you convey how serious it is. Be polite and to the point. It takes some practice as everything does, but soon you will be doing effective and successful presentations.

What about you? Have you ever presented a news story? What was it about? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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rudeness during a presentation

Today’s topic is rudeness during a presentation. Sometimes when you are reporting a story, especially if it is one with controversy or that is dealing with someone doing something they shouldn’t do, they will not want to be interviewed or they won’t answer questions or they make themselves not available. This can be an issue because it can be awkward and some people don’t know what to do.

If someone is being rude during a presentation, make a mature comment to the audience, such as “as you can see this person is busy today,” or “this person has declined commenting.” It may be awkward for you, but just know that it isn’t your fault and you’re not doing anything wrong. Just continue on with the presentation, or they may go to another presentation. Don’t show that you’re upset with it because it is not to be taken personally.

What about you? Was someone ever rude during your presentation? What was the story about? What did the person do? What did you do? How did you feel? Let me know in the comments.

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technical difficulties

Today’s topic is technical difficulties. Sometimes when you are in the middle of a presentation you have to stop the presentation or sometimes not even start it because of various technical difficulties. Some people wonder what to do when faced with this issue.

If your presentation is experiencing technical difficulties what you should do is explain to the camera that you are having issues and you will get to the presentation as soon as you are able to because you know how important it is for everyone. If the sound on your microphone is cut off, the camera will go back to another reporter who will explain the issues for you. It doesn’t mean you are a bad reporter. These things happen to everyone.

What about you? Did you ever experience technical difficulties or issues with a presentation? What went wrong? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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inappropriate passersby

Today’s topic is inappropriate passersby. Usually, when you are doing a presentation, people will be walking in the background. Most of them will be polite and quietly walk out of sight of the camera, but sometimes you will come across the goofy ones who notice that they’re on camera and want to do something stupid or inappropriate. Sometimes they lift up their shirt, say a swear word, start yelling, or even try to interact with the one giving the presentation. This can obviously be an issue because you only have so much time for your presentation, and you may feel like it’s your fault, especially if they do something not suitable for younger people who may be watching the presentation.

If someone tries to do something stupid or inappropriate, the best thing to do is ignore them. They will hopefully see that no one is paying attention to them and walk away. If what they are doing is impossible to ignore, you can politely tell them to stop or make a mature comment that shows you are still the one in control of the situation, such as “The people here are obviously really excited today about ____”, whatever it is you are presenting. This is a really good mature and impressive way to show that those things don’t faze you and you are still in control of the situation even when those things happen. Also, don’t think it is your fault, because some people get goofy in front of the camera and it has nothing to do with you. Just show you are still the one in control of the situation and you will be fine.

What about you? Did someone ever inappropriately interrupt your presentation? What did they do? What were you talking about? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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reporting live outside on a cold day

Today’s topic is reporting live outside on a cold day. Sometimes when you are a reporter or a presenter you will be asked to report live at the location of the story in the presentation. This can happen at any time of year, including the cold winter days. People may wonder how to keep warm if they are reporting on a cold winter day outside.

When you are reporting on a cold winter day, it goes without saying to dress appropriately. Make sure you have enough layers. If it is just too cold to report outside, let the crews know when you’re not on camera if you can get another volunteer or sit inside to do the presentation. If you must do it outside, dress warmly and go inside during the times you are not reporting to get warm. This will give you more energy to go back outside to continue the live presentation.

What about you? Have you ever did a live presentation outside on a cold day? How cold was it? What happened? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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animal segments

Today’s topic is animal segments. When you are a reporter, some of the segments you do will involve different kinds of animals. Sometimes people don’t know what to do with the animals or they worry if they’re allergic to them. This is how to do a successful animal segment.

When you do an animal segment, the trainer or owner will usually come with the animal. You may ask to hold it or pet it, or sometimes the trainer may ask you. If you think you are allergic, let the trainer know either before the presentation or politely during it. If you do pet or hold the animal, respond accordingly to what kind of animal it is. If it is a dog let he or she sniff your hand first so he or she becomes accustomed to you. If you are feeling too uncomfortable interacting with the animal, politely let the trainer know.

What about you? Did you ever participate in an animal segment? What kind of animal was it? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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food or cooking segments

Today’s topic is food presentations. Sometimes in a news show, they will have cooking or food segments. Some people wonder what to do if they don’t like the food showcased or they are allergic to it. This is how to do a food segment successfully.

You don’t know whether or not you like the food unless you try it. So always make a point to try whatever food is being showcased. If you then decide you don’t like it, then you don’t have to eat anymore, just continue interviewing the cook. If you already know you don’t like it, interview the cook and take a small bite if she asks you to to be polite.

If you are allergic to the food being showcased, politely let the cook know either before or during the segment. Then you can either sit the segment out or just stand there interviewing the cook without tasting anything. You may explain to the audience you are allergic to the food and that is why you can’t try it. If there is any other reason why you can’t try the particular food being showcased, this is also what you do.

What about you? Did you ever participate in a food or cooking segment? What was the food being showcased? Did you like it? Did you try it? Were you ever allergic to one of the foods being showcased? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

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interviews

Today’s topic is how to conduct successful interviews. When you are in communications part of your job may be to interview someone who has something to do with your presentation. People may not know how to go about planning an effective interview. This is how to conduct one.

When you interview someone in relation to your story, stick to questions about the story. Ask questions you are sure the audience would want answered. Ask questions you would want answered about the story if you were just finding out about the situation. Also, make them feel important. Show them that what they have to contribute to the story is very important. What they know about the story adds to the important information you have to report to the audience. Ask them personal questions, but put the focus on what the story is about. If they have a personal tie to the story, that is amazing. If not, focus on the story, but show you care about them as a person too by asking a few other nonrelated questions even if they don’t end up as part of the presentation. Make sure you ask clear to the point questions. Make sure you also speak clearly so they understand what you are saying, Most people will feel grateful that you asked them to contribute their opinion because everyone likes to feel important.

What about you? Did you ever interview someone for a presentation? How did it go? How did they feel or contribute? What was the story about? What questions did you ask them? Let me know in the comments.

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