🎀 Thoughts on recording the closing talk for RECON Remote 23

It’s no surprise to anyone that we are speaking at RECON; consider this the official announcement on Room Escape Artist.

The talk is written, recorded, and edited. It’s some of David’s best writing. After giving a few talks on stage recently, here are some thoughts on creating content for a virtual event again.

Lisa & David's shared headshot framed in a golden art deco RECON frame.

Speaking at RECON Remote 23

There’s less pressure when we’re recording. If there’s a bad take, we can just do it again.

It’s weird too. It’s strange to put on makeup late on a Sunday night and to bring energy for… nobody (except Brendan, who was acting in David’s regular director role.)

This talk wasn’t written to be co-delivered, so there aren’t clear segment breaks. We find that to deliver the message, we have to deliver it in order, as a complete piece, being able to feel the rhetorical arc as it happens.

In a recording session, this means we have to swap seats every few slides, when we switch who is speaking. The recording set up has to work for both of us, so I have to come in with my 2 pillows to sit on every time I take the recording seat. This is so that the microphone doesn’t move around your screen between takes.

It’s a luxury to start and stop like this. It’s also hard.

For us, without the audience reaction, the energy builds when the takes are good and the sections are long. We need to hit our stride and roll forward as if we were on stage.

So, to hit the mark, we really do large portions all in one take, as if we were on stage.

And that’s how it went, especially at the end… crescendoing into us each delivering a pretty long finale section.

Also, we don’t like the blue light blocker on our glasses. It creates so much glare. If you do a lot of virtual speaking, just say no to this glasses coating. Never again.

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