Tips for Better Virtual Presentations

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Tips for Better Virtual Presentations

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With so many of us working from home offices, companies are holding a lot more virtual meetings to stay in touch and align on projects and goals. Giving a presentation is no longer just about showing your slides in a conference room. You need to be prepared on and off camera to ensure that your meeting is a success. Below are some tips that can help you to prepare for your next meeting.

  • Make sure your slides are simple and easy to read
    • Pictures are better than a lot of words. You can put your own notes on a different screen so that you can access them if needed.
    • Prior to the meeting, do a mirror check— if you look polished you will be taken more seriously
  • Look at the camera, not your screen. That allows you to connect with your audience.
  • Make sure everyone has cameras on (body language is 55% of how we communicate)
    • If someone seems distracted, you can politely try to draw them back in to the conversation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the technology and all its bells and whistles
    • Does your technology have chat boards, white boards, etc. and are you using all the features effectively?
  • Pay attention to your lighting, sound, and background
    • Is it easy for people to see your face?
    • Is your background clean and uncluttered?
    • Are you in a quite area with no audio distractions?
  • Use good verbal cues to keep the audience engaged
    • Fluctuate your tone
    • Use storytelling and humor
    • Ask for people to share, “I noticed you nodding; Lisa; I would love to hear your perspective on this topic.”
    • Check for understanding using an open-ended question, “I know I covered a lot there, what questions do you have?”
  • Accept there will be hiccups and plan for them
    • Someone’s screen freezes
      • In the chat, use the private feature to send them the call-in info and have them exit and dial back in
    • The audience is talking over each other
      • Ask people to give you a hand raise if they have a question and a thumbs up if they have a comment; this incorporates some physical movement and allows people to get called on prior to speaking
    • A pet or child joins in; if so, do a quick introduction to acknowledge the new “assistant” and then transition back into business

We hope you found these useful. Have any tips of your own? Email us at ecicorpcomm@ecisolutions.com.

About the Author

Lisa Armstrong has 22 years of sales, sales leadership and training, and development experience. She is certified to teach selling skills, coaching models, emotional intelligence, crucial conversations, and curriculum design.

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