One of the best ways to improve the satisfaction and effectiveness of online meetings is to improve the quality of the presentations. The prospect of sitting through bad virtual presentations with dull slide decks isn’t appealing. However, delivering a good virtual presentation requires effort and expertise and delivering a truly great presentation takes even more effort. All that work may combine both years of cumulative public speaking experience as well as hours and hours of preparation and rehearsal for a single presentation.
Whether you’re doing a virtual presentation or you’re bringing in others to talk at an online meeting or conference, it’s hard to quickly make someone a much better speaker. But, thankfully, it’s pretty easy to fix some very common issues that can torpedo an online presentation. You still may need to work on content, structure and delivery, but these quick fixes are low-hanging fruit to improve an online presentation. Thus, the following tips are a great place to start when helping prepare speakers—or yourself. This S.A.F.E.R. Method is easy to remember and execute as a quick online presentation checklist: Stand-Angle-Frontlighting-Ethernet-Rehearse.
Although we’re accustomed to speakers standing to address an audience in person, it’s common for remote presenters to be seated during online meetings. Seated presentations simply tend to be less engaging and less energetic. There’s less movement. And, just as is the case for the audience, there’s a tendency to slouch into one’s chair as the speaker. On the other hand, standing tends to remind a remote presenter that this is something special, rather than being just another time to talk to one’s screen in a quiet home office. A standing desk is great for online presenters, but a stack of books under a laptop can be a quick fix too.