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1. Device Selection

  • Use a Smartphone or Computer: Ensure your device is stable during recording by using a tripod or placing it on a steady surface.

2. Setting Up the Space

  • Choose a Quiet Space: Record in a quiet room where you can control noise from traffic, people, or appliances. 
  • Neutral Background: Select a neutral, uncluttered background. A plain wall, a bookshelf with minimal items, or an office setting works well. Avoid using virtual backgrounds, as they can sometimes cause visual glitches.
  • Good Lighting: Natural light is preferable. Face a window to allow natural light to illuminate your face evenly. If recording at night or in a room without windows, position lamps in front of you, to the side, to avoid harsh shadows.

3. Recording Setup

  • Camera Position: Position the camera at eye level to simulate a natural conversation perspective. 
  • Frame Yourself Properly: Center yourself in the frame, showing your upper body (from the chest up). 

4. Dress and Presentation

  • Professional Attire: Dress as you would for a professional meeting or interview. Solid colors work better on camera than busy patterns.

5. Script and Rehearsal 

  • Prepare Your Message: Outline or script your message to stay on topic and within the time limit. Highlight your qualifications, vision, and what you aim to achieve if elected.
  • Practice: Rehearse your speech to become comfortable with what you want to say. This will help reduce the number of takes needed.

6. Recording Tips

  • Do Not Disturb Mode: Activate "Do Not Disturb" on your device to prevent calls or notifications from interrupting your recording.
  • Record Several Takes: Don’t expect to get it perfect in one go. Recording multiple takes allows you to choose the best version.
  • Check Your Recording: Watch your recordings to ensure good video and audio quality. Check for any distracting background elements or noises.

7. Post-Recording

  • Editing: Avoid elaborate effects or transitions; the focus should be on your message.
  • File Format and Size: Ensure your video is in a commonly used format (e.g., MP4) and meets any size requirements specified by the board's submission guidelines.