With businesses expanding on a global scale, virtual meetings and online presentations are slowly becoming the norm.
When your audience is on the other side of the screen, you can not simply rely on your stage presence to engage your audience. You must focus in on various aspects that still in your control. Let’s look at some of these now…
Remember the power of three? This holds true for your slides as well. Restrict text on your slides to 20 words or less, and avoid more than three lines. Create eye-catching headlines for slide titles and add quotes, important words and statistics as hooks.
USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Take a cue from eLearning techniques. The course modules use slide animations, videos, and role-playing characters imitating real-life scenarios. Pick one or more of these elements to enliven your virtual presentation.
BRING ON THE WEBCAM
The beauty of virtual meetings is that you could be sitting in your office in Washington and presenting to your team in Canada or a client in Dubai. Why not personalize the experience by being on camera before or during the slideshow? Your expressions, body language and voice can add extra depth to an online broadcast.
LET IMAGES RULE THE DAY
A picture can do more than speak a 1000 words. A provocative, exciting or colourful image can spark interest, convey your message, invite questions and force your audience to take action. With over 25 million striking images available in our database, creating spicy presentations for your virtual audience has never been so easy. If you’re creating the presentation yourself, there are plenty of royalty-free websites out there you can utilize also.
INCLUDE MORE WAYS OF JOINING
Use webinar set-ups, provide multiple video feeds, or embed PowerPoint/slide deck links in emails. This enables more virtual attendees to tune into your presentation. Make it more interactive by using YouTube or Vine streaming, social media links or other web-conferencing tools.
ADD A SURPRISE ELEMENT
Interactive online presentations allow you to experiment. Bring in a surprise co-host to join you on webcam. Get a business, industry or media personality to kick start your presentation either with a voiceover message or brief screen appearance.
GET YOUR AUDIENCE INVOLVED
Use collaborative apps like polls, idea boards, surveys and note taking tools to spice up things. Email a single page worksheet with 5-6 questions to your audience members before a session. Ask them to use cues, key points and statistics in your presentation to find the answers. This builds anticipation, encourages them to participate and keeps them engrossed until the end.
Have you created a fun virtual presentation? Care to share a tip or two with us?