I love speaking to groups. I especially love doing this in person. I get energy from the room, and I love the interaction with a live audience. Many of you may feel the same way, but as the novel coronavirus continues its relentless path around the world, our ways of working and interacting are having to undergo a change. We are being forced to eliminate face-to-face interaction in order to keep people safe and slow the spread of the virus.
So, how can we still get our messages out to the world? We can move our presentations to the web. We can create virtual presentations in the form of short videos, webinars, and as Seth Godin likes to say, “we can start conversations.”
Presenting virtually is different than presenting in-person on several levels. One difference is that depending on the type of virtual presentation you are giving, your audience may or may not be able to see you, but you can never see them. This can be disconcerting as a presenter. All of the feedback and energy you get from a live audience is missing, which can lead you to wonder if and how your message is being received.
Another challenge is keeping your audience engaged. Audience engagement is difficult enough with a live audience, but with a virtual audience, the challenge goes to a whole other level. In-person audiences can obviously turn you off mentally, but virtual audiences can literally turn you off, with the click of a mouse or a tap on their phone. If your audience can see you, there are certain techniques you can use to keep their attention. If they cannot see you, there are other techniques to employ. In this post, I’ll share some tips that will help you to be successful no matter what kind of virtual presentation you are giving.
Let’s start with some tips that apply no matter what kind of virtual presentation you are giving. I’ll follow with some specific tips that apply to being on camera or not.
Tips When They CAN’T See You
Tips When They CAN See You
I hope you will find these tips useful as you engage in more online presentations. As always, questions and comments are welcome.