How to Confidently Teach to the Camera
April 15, 2020
Author: Jo Ann Graser, NCPT, President, PMA Board of Directors
Presenting on camera is both a science and an art. As a Pilates teacher, you’ve spent plenty of time teaching in-person sessions. But presenting to the camera is a different ball game!
Here are some of my thoughts about all this.
A pre-recorded class needs to focus on:
Live-streamed classes on the other hand:
- Memorizing the content
- Practicing delivery/timing
- Setting up the “stage” (lighting, props, etc.)
- Working on camera angles
- Perfecting choreography
- Editing before publishing
- Are more spontaneous
- Focus is on the participants, not the “set”
- Have a different energy – more playful
- Are more “forgiving” in terms of hiccups
- Require the ability to improvise
Another thing to consider is some classes may be both.
- For example, Zoom allows you to teach a class and livestream it, while also recording it to keep for later use.
- If this is what you’re doing, the delivery needs to be a mixture of both planned and spontaneous (not an easy feat).
What about 1 on 1 sessions?
- These classes create an opportunity to create a more intimate setting.
- You can offer detailed, tailored cueing.
- You’re able to change the direction of the session if the client needs something other than what you’ve planned.
Whatever you do - be authentic!
Overall, my biggest take-away from 4 weeks of virtual teaching is: be authentic
. You can’t deliver a class the way someone else does. Inauthenticity comes across strongly on camera.
For many of us, the virtual world is a way for us to keep working during the pandemic. We may or may not continue to offer virtual classes when we re-open. That will be a strategic decision to ponder later on.
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