Download a PowerPoint to use at a meeting
You can also watch Professor Rob Ford’s presentation on YouTube
Share a photo of you holding a sign
Why do you care about proportional representation? Write it on a sign and share a photo of you with it. We’ve made a few to give you some ideas and left one blank for you to fill out.
Make a short film
Posting a video to social media can help people understand why you support proportional representation. You can see some that have already been made in our video section.
- Shoot in ‘landscape’ mode.
- Position camera or laptop at eye level.
- Film during daylight hours. Switch off artificial lights or they can pulse and leave horrible orange highlights. Face the window and make sure there is some light in your eyes.
- Avoid including too much space above your head.
- Face a window during daylight hours and
- Prop the phone up, rather than holding it, to avoid the picture shaking.
Unless you have access to a fancy microphone, you will probably need to find somewhere quiet for your recording. If you decide to record outdoors, you should be aware of wind noise. Generally, if the wind is over 5 mph you will have problems with background noise.
Most smartphones will now record at full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), so check your settings and select the highest resolution possible. Choose 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) if it is available. Smartphones generally have better cameras than laptops which are often limited to 1280 x 720 pixels. So a recording from a smartphone works better.
Hold your gaze
Remember to look at the camera lens, not your face on the screen! After hitting record, look into the lens for a second or two before you begin to speak. Likewise, at the end, remember to keep your eyes on the lens for a few seconds. It will probably feel strange but it is helpful in case we want to edit recordings into a longer film.
- Try to keep your speaking time to one or two minutes maximum.
- Rehearse what you want to say but don’t feel you have to be word perfect, it needs to look and sound natural, not scripted. We’ve made a suggested script to give you a few ideas.
- Play it back and if you’re not happy with it, have another go.
- Upload to social media, with a question or sentence to entice people to view.
- Send a copy to us [email protected].