5 ways to make successful Remote Presentations - How difficult can it be?

Seemingly, very difficult. 

I've hosted numerous hybrid conferences recently and watched in disbelief as experienced speakers (who should know better) fail to follow even the basic rules of remote presenting and lose their audience within seconds. 

After one recent conference I spoke to an exasperated production-manager who bemoaned the fact that two years since the pandemic forced us all into remote meetings and conferences, most speakers still get the basics SO wrong.

The comment he gets most often is;

"I've made thousands of speeches over the years. I know what I'm doing"

Hmmm. That's the problem right there.

Giving a remote speech/presentation is NOT the same as giving one to a live audience whilst standing on stage.

It's a strange hybrid monster, a cross between public speaking and TV presenting. It's NOT easy to pull off.

Last month I watched as the audience in the hall sniggered through a remote presentation as the speaker made one basic error after another (mic muted, noisy office, camera pointing up his nose etc). As he wasn't in the room, that speaker was completely unaware he'd lost his audience. He completely wasted his time. 

BTW, "I'm not technical" is not a good excuse.

Below are 5 simple rules.

They're not new or super-clever but they ARE important - and will make your next remote presentation so much easier to get right. 

1) Read the instructions sheet sent by the conference production team - then follow it. They really do know best!

2) Be well connected. Remember the best internet connection is by ethernet cable NOT Wifi - especially office Wifi that's shared with dozens of other execs all working remotely at the same time.

3) Give yourself a face lift. If you have to use your laptop camera then lift the whole computer so the camera is at eye-level (even the thinnest person develops a distracting double chin when filmed from below)

4) Make yourself heard. People will tolerate poor picture quality but NOT bad audio. Laptop mics sound crap. Simple as that. Spend 60 bucks on a podcast mic. It'll have a USB connector cable that you can plug straight into your laptop.

5) Go a step further. Build a simple 'office-studio'. This can be a small area at your company offices with plug-in and go camera, lights and microphone with a nice branded backdrop. Get the technicians to make it fool-proof so any colleague can just flick the 'on' switch, connect and go live. It'll immediately make your organisation look slick and modern. 

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