With the new norm of remote working, many people have faced several challenges regarding meetings. Most companies have opted for virtual meetings via zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other platforms. Since most employees are accustomed to face-to-face presentations, the virtual presentation has presented unique challenges, such as maintaining the audience’s interest and focus.
Those used to live presentations need to learn a few more virtual skills, especially for the first remote presentation. For instance, if one is not responsible for tech issues in a company, they will need to equip themselves with vital knowledge of the virtual environment. Below are bonus tips for presenting virtually.
1. Practice Before Presenting
Before taking on a virtual presentation meeting, one should test themselves. Record a session, analyze it, and plan your presentation effectively. Also, note that one may appear differently on-camera compared to the appearance in person. Hence practicing before the meeting will help you analyze and get confident when presenting.
2. Use of Virtual Appealing Slides
In a virtual environment, the audience’s attention shifts between the presentation slides and the body language. Since the audience spends more of the time looking at the presentation slides, it is critical to creating appealing slides that will capture their attention all through the presentation. Additionally, presenting online requires more drops than face-to-face presentations, and one will need to add more drops to the slide deck to help keep up with the pace of virtual meetings.
3. Use of Stories
Virtual meetings present a unique challenge, such as the audience getting distracted. As the presenter, leverage on storytelling to keep them engaged. Stories could also be great to put a strong narrative to the presentation.
4. Involve the Audience
When giving a live presentation, presenters use questions as a way of engaging the audience. The same tactic is valid in virtual meetings. Get used to the virtual meeting software and create a plan on how the audience can ask and answer the question.
5. Eliminate Distractions
Remote meetings involve being in the house, and little destructions such as backing dogs and children can ruin the presentation. Part of improving one’s virtual skill is cleaning up the background and eliminating any possible distraction.
6. Use Inflection
Since the virtual environment restricts the use of body language, lean-to use inflections. Inflections determine the success or failure of a presentation. Therefore do not use monotone. Practice dramatic pauses to emphasize a point to prevent stumbling over words.
Virtual meetings have a lot of benefits, including not traveling. Likewise, they have a lot of challenges, especially if one has no previous experience. Therefore start preparing several days in advance and know all requirements for a successful virtual meeting.