Web presentations can be used for educational purposes, team meetings, trainings and for many other situations. The biggest advantage of a web presentation is its reach and the easiness to join them. While traditional presentations make it necessary that everybody meets at the same place at the same time, web conferences enable you to share presentations online with an unlimited audience around the globe.
1. Focus on a central theme
Similar to offline presentations, online presentations should have a clear central theme. Based on the fact that your audience is not in the same room and that asking questions often becomes complicated, you should simplify your presentation and focus on one specific leitmotif. Build your slides around this leitmotif and always explain how the slides belong together.
2. Tell a story
Your viewers will more easily remember the content of your presentation if you tell them a little story. Try to integrate the key aspects of your presentation in this story and exemplify difficult themes at any point.
3. Use a simple web presentation tool
There are many online presentation tools available and you should decide if GoToMeeting, Prezi, Beamium, SlideRocket or any other tool best fits your needs. In any case you should be sure that you trust in the tool and that your viewers can handle the tool as well. The easier it is to use the tool, the less likely will operator problems arise. During your presentation, you should be able to focus on the content of your topic and not on any technical issues. Make sure to get to know the tool you choose prior to your presentation and test it on multiple devices.
4. Be aware of your audience
The audience of your presentation should affect the content and the style of your presentation. The younger your audience is, the more likely it is that the follow your web presentation on their smartphone. More senior listeners will probably prefer their notebooks to join your web conference. If you expect a larger part of your audience to follow via smartphone, make sure that the fonts of your slides are bigger than normally.
5. Do not get nervous
During web presentations it is often impossible to get direct feedback from your audience. But this should not make you nervous. Even if you see that the number of viewers gets smaller or if you imagine that your audience maybe looks on another website in between, try to stay relaxed.
6. Stay excited
On the other hand, you should not get draggy during the presentation. Do not forget that your audience is looking forward to your story and try to keep their interest at any second of your presentation. Be careful with too long breaks and try to explain in detail, what happens next and why they should continue to listen to you.
7. Answer questions after your presentation
For many reasons, it could happen that somebody has not fully understood every aspect of your presentation. Even if every aspect of your speech was clear, continuous questions are a good sign of interested listeners. Depending on the format of your web presentation, you can either answer questions of your audience directly or do so afterwards. If you decide to answer them after the end of your presentation, make sure to highlight how your audience can reach you. In case that you offer the possibility to answer supplementary questions afterwards, do not forget to include your contact details at the end of your web presentation. Even if your first web presentation maybe feels strange compared to your offline presentations, do not get frustrated. There are many very good speakers who had problems to change the format of their presentations at the beginning, but usually it gets better after the first one or two online presentations. We wish you all the best for your next web speech and look forward to hear about your online presentation tips!
Image Source: ©iStockphoto.com/pixdeluxe