In today’s high tech business environment, chances are pretty good that at some point you will have to give a webinar presentation. Webinars are a great tool in your communication’s arsenal, and can be very effective if done the right way. Here are some basic tips to get you started.
Although the medium used during a webinar is different from that of a face-to-face meeting or training session, you should still take some time to rehearse your presentation. Write down some talking points, and if possible, record a practice session for yourself to review and identify areas of improvement before going “live.”
2. Find A Quiet Place
If you are the host during a webinar, you’ll want to find a location that has minimal background noise to avoid distracting your audience. You may also want to set some “ground rules” for your audience as well (i.e. asking them to mute their phones and/or computer microphones, etc.).
3. Speak Clearly
This is a crucial step that too many presenters often overlook; speak slowly and clearly so that your audience can follow along with your visual presentation without becoming “lost.” Also, avoid talking over others during the presentation; important facts or questions can be missed by you or your audience; this is a quick way to lose your attendee’s attention.
4. Check For Understanding
In most cases, during a informational session, sometimes holding questions till the end is advisable (be sure to leave plenty of time for Q&A). However, if you are using a webinar as a training resource, checking for understanding from your audience in between topics may be a better approach.
5. Stick To Your Script
If you have ADD/ADHD, well; your audience is going to be SOL trying to keep up with you during your presentation. There is no worst feeling for an audience member trying to figure out what you’re referring to on a visual slide while you’re going off on an unrelated tangent. Your best bet is to stick to your script during the actual presentation to ensure that your audience is able to follow along. After your major talking points have been covered, you can then interject with additional information or take up a quick Q&A.