Ten tips for (online and live) video conferencing presentations
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These days, the majority of our ‘public speaking’ is live and online, via video conferencing technologies such as Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet.
Here are a few tips to help you present online, with confidence.
1: Know your audience
Do a bit of homework and find out as much as you can, about who they are and what they know.
It will be useful to know how many people will be attending (how many of those little rectangles and faces you’ll be looking at) and what they know or don’t know.
Do they for example all have a similar, high-level of technical knowledge, or will they be a general audience with mixed understanding and experience?
The more you know about the people you’ll be talking to, the more you can shape your presentation to meet their needs.
2: Practise it
After all, it does make perfect, doesn’t it?
You can record (then watch back) a version of your presentation before you do it and you can even test your presentation out with friends and family.
If you are well-rehearsed, this will also help you overcome nerves.
Personally, I recommend standing up to present. Doing so changes your body posture and gives you more natural energy than sitting down in a chair.
That said, do whatever works for you. If sitting down in a chair makes you feel relaxed and conversational, then do it.
4: Be yourself
Following on from the above, it is very easy, when it comes to presenting, to suddenly take on a professional and rather ‘buttoned up’ business persona.
Yes, it’s important to be professional but you’re much more likely to inform and entertain your audience if you can also be relaxed and just be yourself.
It’s all about presenting information in a way that makes memorable and human connections.
A great way to do this is to…
5: Tell a story
Are you sitting comfortably? Great. Then I’ll begin by telling you, that telling a story, is a great way to get information across.
If for example, you sell a business offer, service or product which makes people’s lives better and easier (and I’m sure you do), then you can simply example this with a case study story.
Explain how a client or customer had a problem or challenge, how you helped them overcome this, and what this did for them as a result.
This can explain what you do, in a very real way.
6: You don’t have to rely on shared screens and PowerPoints
PowerPoints and shared screens can help you feel a little more secure, so if these work for you, then you can use them to guide and structure your presentation. They are however, not essential, and you could perhaps tell the same story by simply sharing a couple of photos or even holding up a couple of props.
7: Make it interactive
This will depend on the number of people you are presenting to. If it’s just three or four people you can add in a few brief pauses and ask a couple of questions, and get some feedback.
If you have got 20 or 30 on the screen, you can still be interactive but this may be simply asking your audience for ‘raised hands’ or a ‘thumbs up or down’ at certain points.
This will keep your watchers engaged and involved and it also allows you to pause a little, in your speaking.
8: Be an expert
Be a specialist in your field and share something other people may not know.
This could just be a couple of interesting facts or statistics.
9: Be passionate
When we talk passionately about something, we talk honestly and with energy.
Passion can (in a very good way) completely change the way that you present. Passion shows that you genuinely care about what you’re talking about and people will naturally be able to respond to this, positively.
10: Be honest
If for example, you are nervous and you have ‘never done this before’, there’s nothing wrong in telling people this.
You can even ask for help from your delegates (you can tell them at the start, that you are keen to learn and improve, and that you’d really welcome some feedback at the end).
This is another great way to change the dynamic of your presentation, make it more of a two-way thing, and also make warm and human connections.
Enjoy it and good luck with it.
If you’d like any support and guidance, do remember that here at Clarify Communications Ltd, we help people with public speaker training as well as presentation wording and content.
For help and ideas please email – email@example.com and we can have a chat.