As the #ozelive conference approaches, following are some of the tips that I have for presenters to make their webinars engaging and effective. You are invited to add your tips as comments on this post.
- If it is your first time presenting keep it simple but make it effective. 40-45 minutes is ample time to share your presentation. Allow for questions and anwer them where possible
- Use text, wordles, word clouds, images where possible to remind you of what you would like to share (Remember: nervousness may make you forget) Keep text to a minimum – it can be boring! Do not read the text it is even more boring!
- Use lots of images but keep images to a small file size ie Do not use high quality images as they may not load in to the virtual room. If possible resize to 600width x 304height, or below 50kb in size. Irfanview is free and is a good digital editing software for windows machines. Or double click on the picture in powerpoint, goto compress pictures and choose email, apply to all.
- Where possible add some questions on slide and get participants to answer them in the chat to encourage interactivity.
- Add a poll for interactivity and get people to vote or share their experiences
- Start with a slide(s) sharing who you are, what you do, where you are from and your passions. Add an image of yourself so people can see what you look like.
- Add your contact details, email address, links to your online sites eg blogs, wikis, websites, twitter handles for further connections, conversations and sharing.
- Depending on how much you will speak to each slide, 30-60 slides is a rough guide as to how many you would need for a 30-45 min presentation.
- Preferably use a white background as colour uses up digital space in a virtual room.
- Share stories and experiences where possible.
- Create a google or online document that shares the links to your resources, contact details and enables questions after the webinar. Provide the link in the chat at varying intervals or create a qr code
What do you look for when attending online conferences? What makes a really effective virtual presentation? Do you have any tips to share from virtual presentations you have made or online conferences you have attended. Please share your views, ideas and resources.