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Presenting online

Planning your presentation

  • Presenting online requires preparation of slides, interactive components and talking points.
  • Be intentional! Ensure you and your audience know the purpose of the presentation.
  • Don’t forgot the anecdotes. Include examples, stories and details just like you would in an in-person presentation.
  • Try not to overwhelm your audience; keep slides simple and present information visually when possible.
  • See Present like a Pro for extensive information on preparing and presenting, whether in person or online.

Recording your presentation

  • If you are submitting a presentation with your audio recorded, consider how you will do this. You can record it separately and then add the audio to your presentation or record directly in PowerPoint.
  • Learn how to add and delete audio in PowerPoint.

Presenting online

  • Practice your presentation! Try recording or simulating your presentation as if you were delivering it. Ensure that your equipment works, that your audience has access, and that all links and slides connect. 
  • Prepare your technology in advance and give yourself extra time to troubleshoot. 
  • Inform anyone who might interrupt your presentation that you are recording; this includes turning off your phone or computer notifications. 
  • Know your audience and keep them engaged: consider what activities or discussions can take place in an online forum (polls, quizzes, etc).
  • Find out if you can send out information or handouts to your audience to have while you present. A handout can reduce the amount of text needed on slides or offer a way to complete an activity, but keep in mind that it may distract your audience from your presentation.
  • Consider how you will look on camera: look directly into the camera, stand up to improve breathing and focus, determine what your audience can see and ensure it’s appropriate and not distracting.
  • Consider the following for audio-only presentations: ensure what you are saying matches your audience’s view, and limit cursor motion to prevent distracting your audience. You could include a picture of the presenter so your audience can visualize you.

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