It’s a whole new world out there folks…and online video presentations are a part of it whether you like it or not. And talking to a number of our corporate clients the last few weeks, there’s a few of them who aren’t actually enthusiastic about it really. Asking for tips for zoom presentations is becoming a relatively common question on these calls.
As a company that works with clients all the time in the areas of presentation skills (becoming a better presenter is one of our most popular workshops) the question isn’t entirely unexpected. And of course, rather timely.
People have been delivering online presentations for a long time…the difference now is we’re all doing it…all the time. It’s actually the only way presentations and meetings are happening, for the most part.
So with that in mind, here are a few tips that should help with your next Zoom presentation.
Tips for Zoom Presentations
And to be clear, when I say Zoom, it can be any video conferencing platform you’re using. Zoom has become somewhat ubiquitous since the COVID crisis hit, but we know there are other solutions being used. We’ve done presentation skills workshops on Amazon Chime as well recently, and one or two other platforms as well.
A few quick ones right off the top
Tip #1) What’s Behind You?
Being prepared is more than the content you’re going to deliver. Check the space you’ll be in. What’s the background (you know, the one that everyone will spend time looking at intently). Is it a book shelf (and if so, have a look at the titles everyone else will be looking at!) a wall of kid’s art (if she’s not the next Georgia O’Keefe, maybe give it a pass), an open closet with clothes hanging, etc. Have a look and try and go as neutral as possible…but the key is to check it out before.
(If you’re looking for an online Zoom Team Building activity, we could be a great fit. We do a lot of team building sessions every month, and have transitioned our team building workshops into online sessions. These have been very popular with groups looking to connect their teams now that everyone is working remotely. You can check out more – Online Team Building Activities)
Tip #2) Lights, Camera…
I’ve included this with the basic tips, but this is actually very important. Your lighting needs to be good. It will make a world of difference. Not to dark and not to bright. If you’re going to be a doing a few of these Zoom presentations you might want to invest in a ring light (you can find them online for about $30). This will set you up for success. As well, Zoom has settings for lighting you can play around with.
Don’t leave this to chance.
Tip #3) Eyes up
Or if not all the way up, eyes level. Don’t position your camera so you’re looking down at it. Try and set it up so you are at eye-level.
Tip #4) Prepping
Online presentations have a different pacing to them, and while you lose the benefit of that physical connectivity of being in the room, it does allow you to use the technology to give it an extra pop. Keep it shorter than you otherwise might in person, break it up into easily digestible content chunks, and add in dynamic media. Use short video clips when you can, lots of images, screen shares and break it up questions and some interactivity and free-flow conversation with attendees.
Tip#5) Red Bull Anyone?
Don’t over-caffeinate, or seek out a sugar rush, but your energy level and enthusiasm will set the tone for the presentation. You don’t need to go all Steve Balmer at a Microsoft conference, but be enthusiastic and ensure you pay attention to your energy level, keeping it up for the entire presentation.
Bonus Tip) Don’t Sweat It!
Whether it’s one of our team building workshops, or working with people on how to become a better presenter, we always stress to not worry about “mistakes”, whatever they may be. Embrace the unpredictable, and embrace mistakes when they happen. Turn them into wins for you. Your audience is on your side. Let them in on the humanity with humility and openness and be ready to pivot, or acknowledge a tech issue, or getting a slide out of sequence…acknowledge it and let the audience in. They’ll connect with you over it.
There you have it…tips for Zoom presentations. I hope you find a few of them useful, and all the best with your next presentation.
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We’ve always done a lot of work with groups in Whistler, BC whether they’re visiting for a conference or a company retreat, or they’re a local company. If your group is looking for a unique team building experience in Whistler, drop us a line and we can let you know more details about what we offer.
Also, if you’re in the Orlando, Florida area, our friends at SAK Comedy work with clients in the area of improving presentation skills through their Corporate workshops in Orlando and they also do a lot of work in the area of building stronger teams with their unique Team Building sessions. You can check them out as well.
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