Presentation Advice

Speaking to the Audience:

Pre-recording a presentation can be a new experience for people. Without an audience or interaction, it can feel very different to presenting in-person.

Some helpful hints for speaking to a virtual audience:

  • Speak clearly and loudly
  • Keep a good pace
  • Make sure your energy and delivery are at the same level or higher as when presenting in person
  • Look into the camera when possible rather than at the screen – The camera is the audience (Note: Set display to presenter’s view)

Some hints for your presentation slides:

  • People will be watching on a range of devices, they might be watching it on a desktop monitor, laptop, or even a mobile device. Less information is often more!
  • Use text sparingly, highlighting key points of information
  • Use graphics where possible, a picture paints a thousand words… and is much easier to engage with
  • If you have a text-dense slide, split it over multiple slides, or simplify the language where possible
  • Use high contrast colours to make it easy for attendees to read
  • Don’t use any copyrighted materials you don’t have permission to use
  • Double check you have hidden all personal information and faces!

On Camera Advice for online presenters

You are on a ‘virtual stage’. You will be visible to the audience.

This event is a hybrid event and the delivery of the event is produced like broadcast TV, and you will be ‘on-air’.

Some general advice for attire:

  • Wear smart casual clothing (not sweatshirts, ‘hoodies’ or at-home lounge-wear unless appropriate to the presentation)
  • A neat and tidy appearance is always appreciated
  • Pull back or place any hair away from the face and remove hats or other obstructions so the audience can see you

Viewers will be watching the presentation from the moment it starts, just like an in-person event. The event schedule is precise, and everyone needs to play their part to ensure things are on time.

Things to do:

  • Have a plain, blank wall if possible
  • If a plain, blank wall isn’t available, make sure you are located somewhere where things like a bed, kitchen, bathroom etc. are not visible
  • Set a virtual background if your actual background has lots of background objects (please advise us if you require a virtual background and we will provide this)
  • Ensure there is not any movement happening behind you. People or animals walking around are a distraction
  • Be alone in the space, away from noise where possible
  • Ensure your phone and any devices or notification settings are on silent
  • Have your camera at face height if possible so the attendees aren’t looking up your nose or down at your forehead
  • Check your microphone and speakers before joining the meeting
  • Make sure there aren’t any offensive items in your background (posters/images with vulgarity etc.)

Things to avoid:

  • Having any animals or people in the background
  • Being in a public location or open plan office
  • Having any background noise in your surroundings
  • Presenting in a conference room where the audio or video quality is not suitable, presenting on your own device will generally provide a much better result