- Keep it focused: If ever there was a place for concise focus and clear messaging, this is it. As a virtual presenter, you fight against a format that invites distractions. Don’t give your audience an additional reason to switch off, such as B. Taking your time to get to your points. Organize your presentation with the key takeaways or takeaways ahead of time. That way, you don’t leave your audience guessing what’s in it for them.
- Don’t let your audience do the work: Nobody wants to read your presentation. That’s true whether you’re presenting in person or virtually, but it’s especially irritating to distant audiences. Clean up the text and show Your audience your key points with images wherever possible. It will help your audience keep up with you and avoid losing interest.
- Note Voice AND Appearance: Your pitch, tempo, and intonation are critical to connecting with your virtual audience, especially when your audience can’t see you at all. Don’t get so attached to your script that your presentation suffers and becomes flat or boring. If YOU sound bored, your audience has little hope of staying with you. At the same time, make sure you see what your audience sees. Clean up the clutter behind you, pay attention to the lighting, and keep your computer’s camera at eye level to avoid the “head down” look.
- Pay attention to the content: Virtual presentations are not the place for extreme detail and deep immersion. It is best suited for higher level overviews, goal setting and broader topics. Look back at your content to see what to highlight, what to remove or provide in a different format, and how to keep your audience’s attention.
- Be realistic: Be as brief as possible. In virtual formats, your audience can easily switch off, misunderstand or simply remain silent. Don’t test their attention span by delving too deep or talking for too long. Set clear goals, deliver in succinct terms, and offer follow-up and alternatives to open communication.
You don’t have to accept lower expectations for your virtual communication. All you have to do is understand the strengths (and weaknesses) of the virtual format you choose. Make sure all of your presentations make the most of this format by understanding how your audience best absorbs this information when you’re not in front of it. By making sure you “see” your audience, you can ensure they stay engaged and interested even when you’re “away.”
Thanks to Aileen Pincus | #Magnify #virtual #presentations