10 tips that will take your online presentation to the next level

Knowing how to properly present online is a must in this day and age. However, it can be a bit difficult to make an online presentation personal or to find a real connection with your audience through a screen. That’s why we would like to share ten tips about how you can pass on your knowledge – like the expert you are – during an online presentation.

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1. Choose the right software

There are many different tools you can use to give online presentations. Try to think about the purpose of your presentation and investigate which software best suits your goal. Is your purpose to have interaction with your audience? Sendsteps will make this happen. The software will help you make your presentations more engaging and interactive. When you have chosen the right software you want to make sure you have practiced enough so you know all the ins and outs of the software. This will help you make your presentation as smooth as possible.

2. Turn your workspace into a studio

You can easily switch your workspace into a professional presentation room with a few small adjustments. Make sure to keep in mind the quality of the light, sound and your screen. A lot of people forget that when using the camera in the right way it can increase the attention your audience has for your story. Make sure to look directly into the camera while presenting and do not forget that even when you are online, body language can make a huge difference.

3. Make use of UX design and visuals

UX is all about the user experience. With the help of UX you can influence the audiences behavior. Research shows that people read in the shape of the letter Z. This is useful information when designing your PowerPoint slide. For example, have a long sentence on top of the screen, in the middle you can add bullet points and on the bottom a long sentence again. This way your slide will be read in the Z shape. Strong visuals are also an important part of an UX presentation, the best position for this is on the right side of your slideshow.

4. Organize a structure

Organize a clear structure in your story and presentation. It is wise to think about the goal of your presentation beforehand. If you use PowerPoint it is important to keep it simple and not filled with a lot of text. Think about what people should learn from your story. What is your key message? Only add this information on your slides.

5. Make use of storytelling in your online presentation

It is even a harder challenge to keep your story interesting online than live. A way to tackle this challenge is by making sure your story is diverse and dynamic. One way to achieve this is by using examples and anecdotes. You can also introduce an online WordCloud where the public can share their thoughts. Read here more about how to make a Word Cloud in PowerPoint. In this way your story will be better remembered and more personal.

6. Make use of your entire body while giving an online presentation

When a speaker is using his entire body to tell a story it results in a more interesting presentation. Use facial expressions to show what you mean or feel with your text. Keep the audience’s attention by varying your vocal range or by pausing. Make sure to have an open attitude and talk with your entire body. This will result in more liveliness in your story!

7. Speak normal

It is good to prepare your text, but only use this as a guideline. You don’t need to recite your premeditated text. When you only use your text like a guideline, you’re allowing yourself to improvise which will make your presentation feel more natural. Use short sentences and avoid a too professional tone of voice. This way your presentation will most likely come across spontaneous which is more pleasing to listen to

8. Do not panic when things go wrong

Your presentation skills will increase when you have more confidence. One way to achieve this confidence is by practicing a lot. However sometimes things go wrong while you are presenting online and unexpected things happen. Keep calm! Try to pick yourself up and continue where you left off. You can also inform the public that you are a bit lost, if just continuing doesn’t work. Even the best of us make mistakes and there is nothing wrong with that.

9. Involve your audience in your online presentation

It is important that the audience feels seen and heard. This can be achieved by asking questions and allowing people to provide a response. There are different question types that you can implement in your online presentation. On top of that be aware of the body language of your audience. You can mention if you see a member of the audience laughing. This way your audience feels seen, resulting in a more attentive audience that will increase their focus for your story. If you want some more tips you can read it in our blog: How do you make a presentation interactive?

10. Grab your stage

Trust yourself by knowing you own enough knowledge and experience to start speaking publicly. Do not be afraid to be yourself and chose a stage that resonates with who you are. You can share your knowledge on social media or in a podcast. Creating content about your subject is important in order to create a connection with your audience before your presentation has even started. Don’t be quiet, speak up! This way your audience will feel the added value of your presentation.

Giving an online presentation is indispensable in these times, but it also contains a lot of challenges. Keeping your audience’s attention, especially online, can be challenging but also very important. Sendsteps helps you create a stronger connection with your audience. Try starting your presentation with a WordCloud or test the audience’s knowledge with a quiz. This way your audience will stay focused and your presentation will be unforgettable.

Robert Daverschot

Robert is a professional moderator, presenter and speaker coach. Robert has years of experience at home and abroad and works for a broad range of industries. He has interviewed ministers, captains of industry and even His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his dealings with the audience, he always uses Sendsteps. With it, an audience is able to voice their opinions, whereby attendees can cast votes or send in comments to speakers and panels on stage. As such, events turn into lively dialogues with everyone being able to speak up!