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Delivering Compelling Remote Presentations

The popularity of remote presentations has risen significantly thanks to both advances in technology and the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. This rapid growth, however, means that many people have been left struggling to get the best out of their remote presentations. And, for any presentation to be successful, it needs to engage its audience. Thankfully it’s very easy, if you know how, to deliver a compelling remote presentation.

What are the Best Remote Presentation Tips?

While a remote presentation is very different to an in-person presentation, they do share some similarities. Therefore, you should combine traditional tips with those that are unique to remote presentations. The best practices to follow are:

  1. Check Your Tech: The quickest way to derail your presentation is by failing to check your equipment. Advance preparation time will be required to make sure that your cameras, audio and internet connections are in full working order. Remember: nothing will disrupt the flow of your presentation more than your video feed dropping out due to faulty equipment or a poor connection. If you know your Wi-Fi is poor, invest in a hard wired internet connection for the most important presentations.

  2. Learn How to Engage: Key to succeeding in any form of presentation is the ability to engage and connect with your audience. It may feel a tough task to achieve, but even the simplest tips will make a big difference. Always look directly into the camera, imagine you are addressing the camera to convey an engaging personality. And talk clearly. If your audience can’t hear you properly then they are going to struggle to digest your content.

  3. Embrace Technology: Modern video-conferencing software is packed full of fantastic features which allow your audience to participate. Zoom, for example, has a Q&A function where users can submit questions during a presentation. In Microsoft Teams (and Zoom) you can set polls for your audience to participate in and really enhance their engagement.

  4. Timing is Crucial: All presentations require an event time so that participants need to know how much time out of their schedule to allocate. Once this time has been established you need to plan and practice your presentation so that it can run smoothly. Not only will this reduce any inconvenience to your audience, but it allows you to deliver a presentation which doesn’t feel rushed.

  5. Use Slides Correctly: You want your audience to be listening to what you are saying, so it’s important that your slides aren’t too distracting. The best way to achieve this is by minimising the amount of text on each slide and using simple images. This approach will allow you to use your slides as a foundation for the most important part of your presentation: your spoken content.

  6. Stand Up: You may be tempted, due to the distance involved with remote presentations, to remain seated. But this is a big mistake to make. Standing up is a natural indicator of authority and underlines your position as a focus point. It also grants you a body posture which allows you to comfortably project your voice. This will ensure that your message is conveyed clearly to your audience.

For more information, tips or guidance, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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