Giving an online presentation is challenging. People can be invisible and less reactive. That is why whether it is conducted by Google Meet, Discord, or Zoom, you should make your deliverance engaging. Below are essentials you need to ensure before doing an online presentation via screen sharing:
1. Test your equipment
Make sure your mic, headset, and cam work properly. Do a simple test with recording a video or a random noise and check if it has a glitch. We also recommend to check your Wi-fi connection and fill your data in case the Wi-fi gets trouble amidst presentation. This sort of testing will overcome a twitchiness and help you feel confident.
2. Fully turn off notifications
Imagine a spammy chat pops up when you are presenting about important stuff. Almost certain your guest will be turned-off. Hence you better close any unnecessary application, browser tab, and media players. More than that, throw away your phone for a while because it won’t let you concentrate. The point is: don’t start a session without blocking such distractions.
3. Check guests’ accessibility
After your preparation is done, you need to make sure your guests’ accessibility. Ask them if they have reliable internet, are they available to open-cam, and do they need to get the record of the presentation. This is important so what you have prepared won’t be wasted. As the facilitator, you may as well send a copy of your presentation materials beforehand and tell about the meeting code.
4. Catch guests’ attention
Since meetings are shifted through the screen, you can’t rely on gestures or big jargon as an attention-getter. Instead, you may use animation or pointer movement in favor. Why? Because staring at the screen is boring. Much the same as a cat, people will also give their attention to a moving thing. Use some sort of funny transitions, or unexpected shapes movement purposefully and smartly.
5. Fewer slides can do better
Experts say people tend to lose their focus after 10 slides. So the only solution is to make your presentation short. Replace 1000 words with a picture that represents the same thing. Never use more than four bullet points in one slide. Turn your confusing data into clever infographics. That is all you need to be on point. Quite simple, huh?
6. Improve content’s readability
People either can listen to you or read your slides. Not both. Then you must make your content easy, so everyone will be able to grasp every inch of your written as well as uttered words. But how? Just step up your readability game. You can remove dull statements, minimize colors overlap, use white spaces, choose reader-friendly fonts, and put a good alignment to make your guests interact with your content.
7. Show a summary slide
Summary slide is to recall your presentation’s objective. It permits your guests to nod because doubled explanation means doubled understanding. In that respective slide, inject some focus keywords to help anyone who misses something important. And don’t forget to make it punchy!
8. Act out with your voice
Have you ever heard a fan whirling? That is how you sound when speaking with a monotonous tone and has no pause. People never get by to that. A good presenter realizes that their voice is worth more than just to communicate, so they dare to practice to attain a good articulation and steady pace. In a simple scenario, if a radio podcast can direct one’s attention for hours without any visual presence, then an online presentation shall too.
9. Build conversation, not monologue
Throwing a Q & A section is an easy thing, but making it interactive is another thing. Here is something you can do: trigger your guests with anecdotes or case studies. On top of that, you can also open the chatroom and let everyone spill their opinion. Or, simply try this classic small talk, “Can you see and hear me now? Am I being frozen?” Don’t feel like you are not annoying by asking such cliché stuff, because it is even sillier when you complete a whole show for yourself.
10. On time!
Time can be a snowball that leads you to deterioration or betterment. It is a starting point to determine your guests’ mood and your professional impression. Hence you get to help your guests to be ready at least 10 minutes before the session. When it ends but some people still want to discuss, stay with them a bit longer. But please let everyone else go. Start on time, finish on time. Punctuality makes a difference.
Are you ready to do screen sharing and give a better online presentation?
You must be so ready. If you think 10 tips are too much, then probably you have never known there is no instant method to reach 10/10 closing with an online presence. Don’t forget to share this article and find more presentation tips on our blog.