Presenting live can be challenging. You need to deliver great content, stay focused and make sure your audience is engaged at all times. Managing all of that in a virtual space has its tricks, so we have listed our 7 most important hints that will make your broadcast easier on the day.
1️⃣ - stable network
Ensure you are using a stable internet connection, and avoid using a mobile internet connection in remote places. If you know you have weaker WiFi signal spots at your home, try to move to an area with a better signal. If you have an ethernet (cable) connection available to you then we would advise to use that as it is more stable than WiFi. A Collab Space will let you know your connectivity in the top bar.
2️⃣ - pronunciation
Clear pronunciation. The audience for the event may consist of different nationalities and native languages. All participants should be able to follow what you are saying. You are requested to speak slowly, pronounce clearly as if you were delivering a speech. Your voice has to be so compelling that it carries them away from any surrounding distractions.
3️⃣ - rehearsal
Rehearse your presentation so that you know it backwards. A fluid presentation is considerably more engaging for viewers.
4️⃣ - prepare your audience
It is recommended that you provide viewers with some housekeeping info prior to starting your presentation i.e. system requirements and what to do if they can't hear anything.
5️⃣ - testing, testing, testing
Testing - it is vital that you run test versions of your webcast in advance of the live day/s. With most live productions a full dress rehearsal is undertaken and webcasting is no different. It is so important to ensure you’ve tested your set up from the same pc or laptop, using the same network connection and the same format that you plan to use on the live day/s. Any technical issues can then be addressed in time.
6️⃣ - think of alternatives
Slides should be kept as simple as possible, alternatively add them as a download for viewers to take away. When uploading slides into a webcast or a Collab Space they get converted into a web-friendly HTML5 format which means that some transitions and animations may not translate well. This is where simplicity is key so keep your transitions and videos to a minimum. This also helps with the file size during upload.
7️⃣ - be prepared
Have some answers and links ready in a document that you can quickly copy and paste into the chat box as needed. This is helpful if your chat session is very busy. Equally if you are doing a live Q&A (audio or webcam) think about what to do if there are no questions posted from viewers. Have a plan and prepare something to talk about ahead of schedule.