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Virtual Presentations can be tricky. Do you want to put your audience to sleep? Find out how to keep them engaged with this simple checklist!

I remember when I was first introduced to virtual collaboration in 2002.   I was amazed, baffled and in disbelief.  Do people really meet this way?  Do people really do business this way?  Do people really make money this way?  Were three of my first questions.  Well, of course, the answer to all three was “yes”………………with a catch.  Ergo, the tricky part.

You must first learn the art of presenting in the virtual environment in order to keep your virtual audience engaged and inspired in for them to take the next step.

Tools of Engagement

You might be beginning to explore virtual presentations as an addition to your business model or it has become a new requirement in your organisation to reduce travel spend or  the company carbon foot print. Even if you are a seasoned virtual presenter, you should be asking  the million dollar question:  “Am I making an impact or am I putting my audience to sleep?”  Chances are if you are using any of the virtual tools of engagement such as chat, polling, raise hand, etc. to interact with your audience you are making a greater impact than if you are not using the tools of engagement available to you with your chosen platform.

Three of my favorite words : Plan, prepare, practice.

When a new client inquires as to how much time he or she should commit to preparing for a virtual presentation they are often in disbelief when they hear the answer.

  • Yes, you must plan.  When should the marketing begin?  Should I pay for advertising?
  • Yes, you must prepare.  Shall I build a slide deck in Power Point or use some other form of screen share?  Should I use video or just use chat to interact?
  • Yes, you must practice.  Two dry runs, a tech check and a full dress rehearsal are standard.  Learning new skills is time-consuming.  You should plan to dedicate at least 60 hours to content development for your first webinar or virtual presentation.  This is exactly why you hire an expert organization such as Everything Webinar to assist you.  No matter what you call it:  Webinar, Online Training, Virtual Meeting, E-Coaching, etc.  We can help you do it better!

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

You may be wondering why I quoted an old English idiom. It has been my experience that it is easy for people to get lost in the minutiae when embarking on the virtual presentation train.  It is easy to get lost in spending a ½ hour on the perfect graphic or exactly how to pronounce a word with or without an accent.  What I would suggest is that although the granular details are extremely important, you not lose sight (and give equal weight) to the fact that your virtual presentations are part of a much larger picture.

Whether the news is pleasing to you are not virtual presentation technologies only continue to grow in popularity.

If you are able to successfully implement an event architecture into your environment you will eventually be able to accomplish such tasks as increased productivity, decreased travel budgets, and gain notice from potential clients for innovation.  And maybe, just maybe add another revenue stream to your current business model!

Kimberli Allen

About Kimberli Allen

Kimberli, founder of Everything Webinar, is an international virtual presentation skills trainer, coach and webinar strategist. She has worked in the virtual collaboration industry for almost 12 years and has been an entrepreneur for nearly a decade. Kimberli has either managed, produced or hosted over 15,000 virtual events and is well versed in instructing others on how to effectively engage the virtual audience. Kimberli has designed customized training programs such as Webinar Basics, Webinar Production Basics, Universal Symbols, Make An Impact With Color, How To Create A Professional Virtual Office, Virtual Cognitive Load and many others. Since founding Everything Webinar in 2004 Kimberli has worked with such clients as Nike, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, and TAB Products to name a few. She has personally coached thousands of clients in more than 29 countries and is 3Plus International's vendor of choice for training our coach's in virtual presentations and online collaborations.