While presenting on the web is definitely not the same as in person, there are things you can do to help the audience understand and connect while you present on-line.

Be ready

  • Test your Internet connection to make sure you have enough connectivity.
  • Practice using the webinar software to learn about the system startup, transition, and shutdown process.
  • Coordinate with the moderator and backstage team how the Q & A, polls, and ad hoc conversation will be handled.
  • Block time on your calendar, include, as a buffer, at least 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after.
  • Have a Plan B to present.

Look your best

  • Arrange the lighting in your room to be in front of you so your face is well lit.
  • Be aware of the items in your background and on shelves. Remove anything you think would be a distraction.
  • Dress to the audience’s expectations.

Sound your best

  • Shut any doors to your presentation area to keep people out and noise low.
  • Share with your housemates that you are presenting.

Deliver your best

  • Turn off unnecessary computers, streaming devices, apps, gadgets, etc.
  • Shutdown any unnecessary apps or services that might be running in the background (streaming services, backup apps, DropBox, Box, etc.).
  • Remind your housemates you need the Internet connection for your presentation time.
  • Have your webcam plugged in if it’s not built in.
  • Have your head set plugged in.
  • Have open and ready your presentation and supporting media.
  • Startup the presentation app being used (Zoom, GoToWebinar, etc.).
  • Have your back channel communication open and ready with the moderator / backstage support.

Here are several resources to help you present using Zoom:

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