3 Easy Ways to Deliver Better Virtual Presentations

Virtual presentations are an important part of your communication toolkit since they allow you to reach remote audience members no matter where they are located.  Here are 3 easy ways for you to deliver better virtual presentations:

1)      Shorten Your Presentation

Staying with your time limit is an easy way to be a better presenter.  This is even more important in virtual presentations where attention spans are shorter and distractions may be more readily available.  Cut out all non-essentials and focus only on the information (numbers, examples, etc.) that the audience needs to understand your message (not everything you know about a topic).

2)      Make Eye Contact With the Audience

Not looking at the camera is the number one mistake I see virtual presenters make.  Eye contact is key because it communicates respect and confidence, demonstrates your willingness to engage the audience and conveys the fact that you know your material without being buried in your notes.  In a virtual environment, you achieve eye contact by looking directly into the camera which should be positioned at eye level so you are not looking up or down into it.  You can place your computer or tablet on a pile of books or on a box if needed to position the camera at eye level.  Also rearrange the items on your screen so if you look at your slides or the audience’s pictures, you can quickly and easily go back to making eye contact through the camera.

3)      Be More Energetic

One of the challenges of virtual presentations it that you have to be dynamic within the “box” of the computer screen.  Watch any good newscaster or sportscaster and you will see their energy and personality coming through the camera.  It’s not about being fake, it’s about dialing up your energy and intensity so you make it easier for the audience to engage with your content.  Speak clearly, vary your voice and monitor your facial expressions.  Make sure your voice, body language and words all match the message that you are conveying – and that they communicate confidence, competence and composure.

The next time you have to give a virtual presentation, follow these 3 easy suggestions to make your presentation better.

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