10 Helpful Best Practices For Virtual Presentations
In today’s era of the digital world virtual classes, meetings, and presentations have become the new normal. The skills and practices for a presentation are more or less similar in both in person and virtual way. But with virtual presentations, the audience has a greater opportunity to get distracted. Now we have to compete for their eyes, ears, hearts, and minds against shorter attention spans, increased home and work life distractions, and conflicting priorities. Here we can discuss 8 helpful best practices which can ensure better connecting with a virtual audience.
Necessary content within a short time. The audience will start losing attention after 10-15 minutes with the same presenter. If you have more than 10-15 minutes of content, try to include interactive activities to keep your audience engaged ( eg: polls, quizzes, and opinions)
Be Simple and Interesting
Keep your slides simple–don’t use too many text, images, or animation effects. Less is definitely more. Keep effective and necessary techniques to grab attention from the audience. Interesting infographics and animations can convey the subject in a better way.
Be careful of the Camera
Look straight into the camera, not into the screen. Maintaining eye contact with your audience is a powerful tool for a presenter. Try to keep your camera at eye level for a better view.
Be Better in Appearance
Wear clothes with a neutral colour scheme (no plaids or stripes). Make Sure you have proper lighting so that people can see you well. Natural light is often the best choice. Be mindful of what appears behind you in the background.
Try to be in a standing position when you present. Body language can keep participants engaging. This helps you to concentrate and use effective presentation skills such as belly breathing, voice variation, hand gestures and pausing.
Practice delivering your presentation with your technology prior to your session. Make sure all features of the technology works well and you are familiar with it. If possible record the practice, then evaluate and improve. Ensure proper uninterrupted network connectivity, good working microphone and keep an extra backup plan for every technical thing.
The presenter must be able to connect what is just said to what is coming next when moving from point to point. Transitions between topics and slides are better chances to re-engage the audience to the presentation.
Try to have someone to deal with any technical issues. Also to track questions or discussions in the chat box while presenting. Someone to be your extra ‘eyes and ears’.
Be engaging but specific
Keep your presentation interactive and engaging. But do have specific ground rules and explain them in the beginning for a proper presentation without interruptions. Keep your own pace. Whatever type of presentation you give, you must develop strategies to establish genuine audience connection, involvement, and value.
Join the meeting early and make yourself comfortable. Time your presentation beforehand and make sure you have enough content for the given time slot. Keep a track on your timing and try to finish within the given slot. Check all the slides once again. Make sure your beginning and end slides are connected and try to summarise at the end with a recap.
Lastly, be mindful that confident and happy characteristics lead to success. Your participants can get you from your voice, so be careful to be sounding confident and appealing. Proper eye contact, hand gestures and voice modulation can help to appear enthusiastic in a virtual mode.
So let’s be prepared!!!