• Dr Mike Howarth

Top Virtual Presentation Tips for Students

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Almost every industry relies on presentations to fuel progress, but delivering a successful presentation is a skill that few people master. And this should come as no surprise. After all, it’s not a skill which is taught extensively in schools or universities. This is why so few people are confident when it comes to giving a presentation.

Therefore, if you can educate yourself on even the most basic presentation skills, you are giving yourself a competitive edge. With these skills in your arsenal, you can shine in front of employers and further your career.

The Importance of Presentations

Presentation and reasoning skills tend to be overlooked in modern education. It’s a problem which stems not only from syllabuses which are already overpacked, but a lack of resources. The content of presentations delivered in these settings will often be of a high standard, but the way in which it is presented is less effective. And, without ironing out these basic errors, students are likely to continue making these mistakes throughout their career. Remember, a slick presentation will turn heads and mark you out as a talent to watch. It’s a crucial skill for any student to hone. You just need to know how.

The Emergence of Virtual Presentations

Advances in technology, of course, have meant that virtual presentations have grown in popularity; this growth has only been accelerated by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual presentations, however, are very different to the traditional in-person presentation. Different skills and techniques need to be learned and deployed to make sure the presentation is both engaging and effective. It’s important that your presentation stands out, so it’s vital that students start learning about this emerging niche as soon as possible.

Top Tips for Virtual Presentations

For any student putting together a virtual presentation, they need to make sure they practice the following:

  • Get set up early: It pays to start preparing early for a virtual presentation. As a rule of thumb, make sure that all your equipment is in place and tested as working an hour before the presentation. This allows you plenty of time to address potential technical issues without causing yourself last minute stress.

  • Set the right tone: Ensure the lighting in the room is good and that you have a suitably plain background. Depending on any background noise, consider using a headset and microphone to improve the sound quality. With this in place, you will not only look professional, but your presentation will be free of distractions and instantly become more engaging to its audience.

  • Look into the camera: During virtual presentations it is easy to focus on your slides, or simply on watching the video of the other person. However to be truly engaging, make sure that you look down the camera at least some of the time. This is the digital equivalent of making eye contact with your audience.

  • Consider standing up: Standing up is a guaranteed method for improving your presentation technique. It’s a position which improves your breathing and vocal variety. So don’t feel that you have to sit at a desk to deliver your presentation, especially if you want to be high energy and high impact.

  • Record and re-watch: Practice makes perfect, and one of the benefits of virtual presentations is that it is easier to record your practice runs so you can watch it back and see where you need to improve. The result is a presentation which is slick and allows you to remain confident about getting your points across.

For more tips and advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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