The situation is evolving all the time in offices across the world, so here is a current virtual presentation tip.
We are seeing a return to the office in some areas but a reduction in other countries, depending upon the Covid situation on the ground. This means you need to adapt constantly as a speaker.
Next time you give a virtual presentation, remove a current new risk by asking these key questions.
Firstly, what % of your audience is working from the office?
Secondly, what % of your audience is working from home?
Then, what % of your audience is working from somewhere more interesting than the first two options?
Having a rough idea of the answers to these questions is generally useful – obviously the more you know about them, the better.
However, the answer to the FIRST question is particularly important these days if you are planning to make your virtual presentation interactive.
Because it is difficult for some people to interact if they are in the office.
If they have their own office or a meeting room, then it is straightforward.
But if they are in an open plan office? Then you need to know this key virtual presentation tip.
They might not be comfortable turning the camera on and equally they might not be comfortable putting their microphone on. They will be keen to minimise awkwardness for themselves and their co-workers.
If you have a significant proportion of your audience who are in this position, it can affect the overall dynamics.
So, try to establish this in advance and build in enough different types of interaction.
Specifically, use some types of interaction (such as the chat box or polls) that do not need a camera or a microphone.
You can still have a highly interactive presentation if you plan it carefully.
The situation is changing out there – your presentation approach needs to adapt with it.
For more ideas on virtual presentations go to https://www.speakwithimpact.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Virtual-Presentation-Top-Tips.pdf