Tips for Presenters

Tips for Presenters

Attendees in virtual presentations can quickly become distracted so it is important to be prepared and interact with your audience. The following are some tips on planning and presenting a great virtual presentation.

Planning your presentation

Peter Khoury uses the acronym PACES to prepare for virtual presentations:

Plan: be prepared by planning your presentation and practicing with your technology. Start your workshop several minutes early to allow attendees to join the room so that you can begin on time. Quick start and advanced information about getting started teaching with Zoom.

Audience: Know who you are speaking to in advance and engage them within the first two minutes in a meaningful and not self-serving way.

Content: Your slides will be visible to the audience the majority of the time so carefully design your visuals but keep it simple by limiting the amount of content on each slide. Quick tips for creating effective presentation slides and more detailed information.  

Engagement: use the built-in features engagement features in meaningful ways to let your audience feel like they are right there with you and don’t use engagement just for the sake of engagement. Administrative access will be enabled for the following features in Zoom: 

Socialization: Use the word “you” to engage your audience and ask them questions that they can respond to by using reactions, audio or video, or by typing in the chat. For example, “Let me know in the chat if you can clearly hear me.”

Technical Considerations

Technical considerations include your internet connection, audio, video, personal appearance and delivery.

Internet connection

Directly connect to your internet by plugging in your device to avoid unstable wifi connections which can negatively affect your audio and video quality.

Audio

Reduce background noise and use a headset mic. Find a quiet place to present from and for the best sound quality use a microphone or the inline microphone that is on your headphones or headset and not your laptop or computer’s built-in microphone. You can test your audio before your presentation so that you can hear what you sound like.

Video

Look your best on a webcam consider these tips (3:41) and a few others so that you will look your best:

Personal appearance and delivery

People have come to see you present so be yourself and remember to:

  • Look directly at the camera like a TV personality because your eye contact will help engage your audience.
  • Dress to impress by wearing solid colours instead of patterns.
  • Stand while presenting as it helps you project better.
  • Vary your voice and rate and it doesn’t hurt to speak a little bit louder than usual so that you will be clearly heard.
  • Matt Abrham’s offers excellent ways to overcome your presentation anxiety (9:32).