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How to Give Memorable Virtual Presentations

Brandon Flowers

How to Give Memorable Virtual Presentations

Brandon Flowers

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10 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. 1. Intro Video

    • 2. 2. Virtual Design Part 1

    • 3. 3. Virtual Design Part 2

    • 4. 4. My Virtual Setup

    • 5. 5. Strong Openers - the first 3-5 minutes

    • 6. 6. Nominating a Co-Host

    • 7. 7. The Expectations Slide

    • 8. 8. Ice Breakers

    • 9. 9. Managing Breaks

    • 10. 10. Finishing Strong - the last 5-10 minutes

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About This Class

Have you found yourself working remotely? Do you train, teach, or speak in your line of work - or do you aspire to?

Join professional sales trainer and virtual advisor Brandon Flowers as he shares his top tips on delivering a high quality, memorable virtual presentation that will help you keep your audience engaged and enjoying every minute. 

This session is broken out into 10 bite-sized videos (50 minutes of content) that offer to help you:

  • Adapt your content to be delivered virtually
  • Keep your audience engaged and entertained remotely - even on 3+ hour workshops
  • Pro tips and actual slides you can take and immediately personalize for your own presentations

This class is for Presenters (both established and aspiring) and anyone else who wants a deeper understanding of how to nail their virtual presentation technique. You will leave this class with a laundry list of immediate steps you can take to greatly enhance your current content and virtual facilitation as recent tools and global events conspire to lead us into an increasingly remote and digital workforce.

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1. 1. Intro Video: In our postcode crisis world, learning how to engage with people in a remote and virtual setting has become a rather sought-after skill to have. Of course, you probably already know that or else you wouldn't have clicked into this course in the first place. So I'll stop stating the obvious now and just say thanks for being here. Welcome to my series on how to give memorable virtual presentations. In this course, I'm going to cover the most useful tips I have learned in my time as a paid professional trainer and speaker for one of the world's most successful tech companies. I'm Brandon flowers and on a sales trainer and enablement advisor for Oracle. And what that means is I deliver presentations for a living. So I do this every day. And in the past before coded, it was about half the time. It was in person. Half the time it was virtually. Well now it's 100% virtually. And so you can imagine, I've learned a thing or two about how to engage with a virtual and remote audience and ensure that they come away from this session a little wiser and a little more engaged than they were when they arrived. Though. That brings me to the why behind this course. And the why behind this course is if I could go back past me and learn from what I know now, he would have gotten a lot of value out of it. Let's just say that. And so I decided to create this course in the hopes that if anybody going forward, if you're trying your hand at giving live virtual presentations, if you are trying to start a practice or get a job as a virtual coach or virtual trainer. Or if you're trying virtual public speaking in a live setting, if any of those are true for you, this course is a must. So as a final send off, thanks for watching, thanks for being here. And we'll get started in the next video, where I'll walk us through designing your content to be delivered virtually. I'll see you in the next video. 2. 2. Virtual Design Part 1: Welcome back. So what separates a live virtual presentation from a recorded one is your ability to engage your audience. In this video, I wanted to kick things off with sharing some tips on how to think through your virtual presentation. In the off chance that you are like me and you have some artistic control over the content you're going to be producing and sharing. Now, if you're in a situation where you don't control the content at all and you just have to pick it up and run with it. Feel free to skip to the next video. But for those of you who are still with me, let's discuss now onto the first doesn't need to be live. I've included this in here because I've seen way too many presentations, goes something like this. Hello, my name is Brandon, and today I want to share with you the primary benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure. Yawn, I'm already falling asleep, right? What is wrong with this picture? If I were to present live presentations like that with no eye contact, no passion or energy behind what I'm saying, no emphasis and my words. And clearly reading from a script to you, then why are we even doing this live? I could have recorded this and email that to you to watch on your own time, right? Because right away, this gives your audience the impression that a, you didn't prepare enough or at all. And B, you clearly don't intend to involve your audience. So why are they there? Why are you there? Why is this not recorded? So that's a tip I wanted to include in there. There you have it. Ask yourself, does it need to be live? Let's move onto the second bullet. The next point here is something you could consider doing in advance of your presentations and that is assigning pre-work. So let's use this series as an example. And let's say that I did want to put some time on your calendar is as well as your peers. And I wanted to do a live session on this series. Well, I might ask that you conclude this series and watch the whole thing before we meet so that we can discuss it in more detail when we're alive and in the room together. For example, I have an idea that you have some interest in this topic and perhaps some prior knowledge if you're already interested in this topic. And so I want to use our time when we're on together to actually discuss it, facilitate that learning. Have a discussion around it so that you can get any finer points, any clarifying comments, thoughts, questions, concerns out of the way when you're with me, instead of me trying to jam all that knowledge into your head during the limited time that we have together. So to recap, number one, ask yourself, does it need to be live or can it be recorded? Number two is, if possible, should I assign some pre-work so that my audience can get the base level of knowledge down, or do they already have a base level of knowledge that we can use to dig deeper and facilitate a discussion. The next slide includes a few more points on some slide design content. So let's go there on this same topic of designing your presentation. If you're doing it similar to how I'm doing this video. And you're going to be doing some kind of Powerpoint or visual aid, just consider the five-by-five rule. That's five words and five bullets. So it's not a new rule. That's pretty well established custom if you ever use PowerPoint, but I didn't want to include that there in case you needed the reminder. Really wordy slides in fact, are just a total distraction. And, and again, similar to a script, it almost replaces the need for you being there in the moment. You know, at best, they'll learn the content by ignoring you and reading the slide. At worst, they'll get confused between do I listened to you or do I read the slide? And no real value will have been accomplished. So when in doubt, keep it simple. Put any additional words you may want to include that you had on the slide down in the presenter notes. Make sure to hit on those points, but really simplify the wording on the slide, similar to how I've done here on this slide. The next bullet is not as well known. And for that reason it's something that we on my team find really, really helpful. And we've actually received a ton of accolades just on our team by employing this and I'll talk to you more about it in our next video. But consider building open space in your slides so that you can interact with your audience on purpose deliberately. And it's a really exciting thing once you've done it well, we'll talk more about it in the next video. The next bullet is, and I'm not doing this right now because this is a recording. If this was live, I would be standing up, I assure you, I actually stood up in the intro video but decided to sit down because there's a long recording. But consider standing up when speaking. There are studies that show that there's more energy in your voice. There's more energy in your movements when you're standing up, you're just generally more energetic. Your blood flows better. And when you're standing, your voice is actually more full because all of the cavities in your body that resonate noise that's generated by you. It's gonna just let that sound to be more full when it comes out of your body. So for a lot of reasons, I recommend standing and it's, it's not really something you'd avoid to doing in a live face to face presentation. So I recommend doing it for every virtual presentation as well. In fact, that's what I do in a live presentation myself. Another big thing that is very different, again from these recordings, and you'll have to forgive me because you're gonna see me jump around a lot in these videos because I'm not a professional video maker. My editing skill is sloppy at best. So please don't take my ability to edit myself as my ability to present two different things, but speak slower when you are. Giving a live virtual presentation even slower than you would be face-to-face. Definitely slower than he would be in a video. So in a video, you can always pause me, rewind me, and capture that thought again. In a live setting, virtually especially, you know, there's audio issues. People have different mix. Your audio might not be quite as clear as you think it is. It could be a spotty connection. There's just a lot of reasons why it's helpful to slow way down when you're doing any kind of virtual training life. So that's another key point there. And the last bullet here and the last thing I want you to consider when you design your presentation to be given virtually is exercise a lot of pauses in question. So in your speaker notes, I recommend this is what I do, is what I've learned to be successful is include some pre-plan questions that you want to ask your audience. So for example, on this slide, what do we think the five-by-five rule means? And then pause. And here's what I do. I actually counted to eight seconds before I say another word. So for example, alright, group, what do we think is the five-by-five rule? 1? Ten hundred, two thousand, three thousand, four thousand, five thousand, six thousand, seven thousand, eight thousand. And I'm just counting that down in my head. And it will tell you at first, it's very uncomfortable, right? If you've been giving a lot of face to face presentations in your career so far or just in your life. It may come easier to you, but in a virtual setting it takes even longer. So just like you need to speak slower even and you need to speak slower in a virtual setting, even slower than in face-to-face. The same rule applies for pauses. You need to be very comfortable sitting quietly, waiting for the group, someone to come off mute and address your question. Or even if you're just switching topics and you wanna make sure there's time in-between the shift of topics for people to gather their thoughts, asking clarifying questions. All of these things are super, super important and pretty unique to a virtual presentation. So that's, let's recap there. So first off, don't put much on your slides. Exercise the five-by-five rule. That's five bullets, five words per bullet. Have space to interact. So build an open space on your slides. Again, we'll go into more detail on this on the next video. Number three, stand up whenever possible. We'll talk about some ways to do that. You don't need to buy a $300 desk. That's not what I'm saying. Just find a way to stand up. Whether you need to stack your computer on some books are on a higher countertop in your office or in your home office, whatever it is for you, find a way to stand up, you're just gonna sound better, present yourself better, speak slower. So in this video, again, ongoing pretty rapidly because it is a video. If I were doing a live face-to-face error live virtual presentation, rather, I would be speaking very slow, very smooth, using my best radio voice to make sure that everyone has time to absorb what I'm saying and respond to me. And then the last thing is use pauses, which goes again with the same thought. The last two bullets, very similar in style. Go slow, exercise. A lot of pauses. That's it for this video. And I'll see you in the next video where we'll discuss actually looking at slides that are designed to be used virtually, and why they're so successful for our team, and why we've received so many accolades just for this one tip that I'm going to share with you in the next video. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you soon. 3. 3. Virtual Design Part 2: Hello and welcome back. In this video, I want to reiterate a key point that you've probably recognized as a main theme by now in this series. And that is to be an engaging presenter does not mean to do all the talking or to be the most engaging person. What it means is to get the most engagement from the groups. So let's talk about in this video some of the ways we can do that with our slide design. Again, if we're using visual aids of some kind, how we can build those in such a way that they're designed to be engaged with. Here's out. Okay. Here we have exhibit a. We have a slide with words on it, right? And this is pretty typical of what you'd see from a live presenter of some kind. So it's got slides on it. You can discuss the key points. In this case it's presentation versus facilitation. But literally that doesn't really matter because we were talking about your topic. But just look at this slide here. You've got words, you've got plenty of stuff to talk about as a presenter. But how engaging is this slide? Since the main points are already there on the slide, the presenter can simply lists, go down the list of bullets. Or if they're feeling creative, they can call on volunteers to read the bullets. Either way. They cover the material and then they quickly move. Next slide. However, I'd like to show you an alternative that my team has used in again, received a lot of great press and accolades and compliments from this strategy. And I want to share this with you because it's really, really powerful, especially for virtual presentations. Here it is. Said, okay, now look at this slide. So here we have exactly the same slide, but the words, we've removed them from the slide. We've put them down in the speaker notes. So now me as the presenter or the facilitator in this case, I can gauge the group's level of knowledge. I can ask the group what they think should go in these boxes. And depending on the software you're using, if you're using Zoom for example, which is what I prefer to use. Zoom offers tools that allow your participants, your audience, to write directly on your screen so they can type words in the boxes in real time. How powerful is that? Now, depending on the size of the group, if you have an audience that's over 15 people, anywhere 15 up, that's not really practical, right? So a couple of things you can do as an alternative is you can ask people to put their suggestions in the chat. And everybody can put their suggestions in the chat and you can just go down the list and say, oh, you know, Joe, That was a really good suggestion. Do you mind elaborating on that and then throw their copy and paste their suggestion onto the slide. So there's a couple different ways you can do it. However, just consider how much more powerful that is. Then having the word's already on the slide. So people can yawn and passively watch and probably it will go in one ear and out the other. This forces them to critically think about what should go in these boxes. What is a probe to facilitation? What does it con tu presentation? That's a good question. Let me ask myself. Let me think about it. That's a lot more active and a lot more fun for the viewer than having all the words on the slide. So it's pretty simple to accomplish this. It's not rocket science, but it is pretty impressive when you get it right and the audience certainly appreciates it. I don't know if I've shown you enough of the positive accolades that we've shown from our team so far, but be sure to include those on the slide. But just wanted to share that with you. It's one of the things you should do when you're designing your content, especially for virtual use. Leave the slides open. So there you have it. How to design your slides for virtual US. I hope that was helpful for you. That's it for this video. And in the next video, I'm going to show you my work from home setup. So all of the pieces and bits of hardware that I've got going for me that helped me present to an audience again, ranging from ten to a 100 plus people all around the world in a work from home settings. So I'll show that to you on the next slide. And I'll see you then. 4. 4. My Virtual Setup: And we're back on. Hello and welcome back. I'm actually going to have my self off of the slide this time simply because it's a very busy slide, I want to make sure that you can see all of it. But I wanted to show you in this video my virtual setup. So this is the tools and the physical things that I have acquired over the years that I use day to day when I'm delivering my presentations. So to go through this, let's go ahead and start at the top, and we'll go clockwise. So at the top you can see that I have a USB microphone. That's what I'm speaking into right now, costs $45 US off of Amazon. And the brand specifically is phi, fine, that's FIN. Fin e Is the mic that I'm using and I really do recommend one of these. As, you know, if you don't have all this stuff, that's okay. But this is one of the few that I do recommend highly. It's way better audio. Then the system audio, if you were just to use your computer speakers. And it even sounds better in more full than a headset mic. So highly recommend a USB microphone. And another nice benefit to this is it's plug and play. So unlike some of the more expensive microphones you might see in the market, this one is just going to plug in and it's going to sound good right away. There's no fancy settings that you need to know to get it working and the research you have to do. So that's the USB my, alright, moving on. Next, you can see have a USB light. So the purpose of this light is, and it just clamps onto my desk just like the mike. And it it faces me during my video sessions. And that is because behind my computer is just a wall. The best way to do it as if you have a natural source of light like a window. That's obviously the best way to go about it. But for me, in my small apartment, that's not the case. And so I purchased this light, $30 US on Amazon. And it I just turn it on during my video calls and it really put some light on my face and makes it much easier to see my, my facial expressions, my eyes and, and makes it really easy for the audience to follow along with me. So I highly recommend that as well, and it's pretty cheap. And going further to the right, we've got monitor number two. So as you can see on my setup, I do have two screens, a dual monitor set up. A reason for that is when you're presenting, you can be in PowerPoint presenter mode and you can see the notes on one screen, screen and share your screen. And that will be what everyone else sees. And I can be really helpful for following notes as you present. And I didn't buy a super expensive screens. And you can see there are $79 US each. So I highly recommend that all of those not necessary we can, there are ways to just share on one screen and only use one screen and that's okay. So use whatever you have, but two monitors can be really nice. Going down. You can see that I do have a backup PC. That's actually my work pc. Whenever I'm on work calls that's opened up and in, in between my two screens. And going further down. And this is probably my biggest nice to have purchased that I've ever made. Not something that is super crucial, but it's really come in handy a lot for me. And that is a stand-up desk. So you can see that I've I bought a Vera desk. It's 250. Last time I checked US dollars on Amazon again. And it's a it's a desk that I can basically raise whenever I want to stand up and I use it all the time, almost every day. But again, you can use a stack of books. You can use a high countertop in your home. Doesn't have to be this fancy by any means. Going to the left, got my cat and jumped in the picture. Recommend one of those as well. But we'll move on past that for the purpose of this video. And the bottom left corner there, you can see my main PC, so that's what I'm using right now. And you can also see that it's a bit overpriced. I paid a lot for it because it's a gaming computer. And you certainly don't need one of those to do this line of work. Moving up. We have my first monitor. You don't need to talk too much about that even further. In the last one I want to bring up is the webcam. So my desktop computer does not have a webcam attached to it, so I had to purchase this one. And it's a logic tech that I found for $60 US. And it's perfectly good and perfectly capable getting the job done. And I just push that in front of my face whenever I want to record a video like this. And that right there is my virtual setup and I use it every day. Again, the most important things if you're just starting out and you don't know what to get first is that microphone and the light. I would say those are the two most important things. If you don't have a webcam, also one of those, everything else is pretty much up to you and you can be creative. You don't have to use everything I'm using. Just a lot of people are curious what I use and so I wanted to share that with you. I hope that's helpful. And that completes this video. I'll see you in the next video where we discuss some good ways to set up and start your call. So the first ten minutes of your, of your virtual presentation, they can really help it get off the ground fast and get on the same page with your audience. I'll see you then. 5. 5. Strong Openers - the first 3-5 minutes: Welcome back. In this video, I wanted to share with you some tips to really help you set some good expectations with your audience and kick things off the right way. Here's app. In the first few minutes of your virtual meeting, there are few things you can really get right in the first three to five minutes of your presentation to really get things off on the right foot. One of those things is to introduce yourself, especially if you're new to the audience, consider adding a credential slide that helps explain to the audience who you are and why they should care about what you know about the topic and why it's worth their attention. And I recommend adding this slide in between the title slide and the first agenda slide. So that way it's not before you've introduced the topic, but it's before you dove into the material. And I can do really beneficial for building credibility. Again, that credential slide with your audience. So introduce yourself is number one. Number two is to openly state your expectations. And this can be its own slide as well, which I'll show you an example of this that we use on our team in the next slide. But it's very helpful to your audience if you spell out, especially if they're new audience, spell out exactly how you would like them to interact with you. For example, here's a couple of questions that you might want to answer for your audience. Do you, do you want them to engage with you by unyielding and speaking verbally? Or would you prefer they use the chat to ask questions or clarify comments? You know, these things aren't natural and different people have what they feel like doing is different from person to person. But if you make it clear how you expect them to react to you and how you'd like them to ask questions. It makes it very clear what they need to be doing and they'll do it that way every time I guarantee it. Another thing that's good to call out is do you want webcams on or off? It's a simple question, but if you can answer that question for your audience, it'll be very clear what they should and should not do. So that's number to openly state your expectations. Number three, if your service allows it depending on what you use to host your meetings, if people can, you should offer to let them changed their names in the system to their preferred name. This can be helpful for several reasons. One, if someone has their full name, let's say Nicholas, but they go by Nick. And the whole time in the meeting, you're calling them nicholas? Well, you're not really building as much rapport with them as you could be if they changed it to Nick. It's also nice for them to give you a chance to see what they prefer to be called. And so if your service allows it, again, we use zoom and zoom allows each participant to change their name to their preferred name. And it's very helpful when you're calling up volunteers. So that's number three. Use their preferred name. Number four, designate coasts. So one big thing that I do almost every time I run a meeting or presentation is identically innate co-hosts to help me run certain parts of the meeting. So there are several things you can do in designated co-host and we're gonna talk more about this in a future video. But that's number four. Designate a co-host. Number five. And our final bullet on this slide, is it you have a spare computer, as I showed you in the previous video, I do have a spare. It can be really good to log into your meeting with your spare computer. The reason for that is twofold. Number one, it's a backup in case something happens to your main computer if you lose connection, if it dies on you, which has happened to any professional presenter, I guarantee it. So that can be helpful. And then for number two, reason is you get to see where your audience is seeing. So sometimes people forget to share their screens and they're talking to a screen that doesn't exist for your audience. And if you have a backup computer logged in, you'll be able to see that right away. So that's number five. Uses spare computer. If you have one set of recap as we end this call, Make sure that you introduce yourself properly explained why are the expert in the room and consider a credential slide to help people connect to you and understand why your time is important and why had their attention is necessary. Number to openly state your expectations for the audience. Consider making this a slide to make it incredibly clear as well. And I'll show you more on that in a future video. Number three offered a lot of people change their name in the system to their preferred name so that you're calling on them appropriately down the road, that is super, super helpful. That's number three. Number four, designate co-hosts so that you have people in the room who are helping to monitor things to help you run the meeting more efficiently. So that's number four, designate co-host, number five. And our final bullet here, if you have a spare computer login to the system with both. And that can be also helpful as a backup. And again, for seeing what your audience is seeing and avoiding those mistakes that come from forgetting to share your screen and things like that. So there you have it. My tips on the first three to five minutes of your meetings to make sure you kick it off on the right. But in the next video, I'll elaborate on why it can be so helpful to nominate a co-host as you kick off your session. More on that next video. Thanks for watching. I'll see you then. 6. 6. Nominating a Co-Host: Welcome back. In this video, I'd like to elaborate on the benefits you receive by adding a co-host to all of your presentations. Depending again, on the meeting software that you use. Again, we use Zoom. Certain softwares will allow you to add permissions to certain individual participants, like for example, coast, where they'll have extra powers over the rest of the room. And this can be immensely helpful, again for meeting management along the way. So it is your presentation, you're owning the content. There are a couple of things that, you know it, a lot of meetings happens and it's really helpful to have someone who can back you up. Now, I want to share in this slide what some of those are. I also want to add that if you're meeting software doesn't support this. That's okay because we're gonna talk about some tips that a co-host can still help you with, even if they're not adding permissions in the system, that that's totally okay as well. So let's get into it. Here are a few ideas. Co-host can help you with in your meeting. Number one, you can assign them the responsibility of muting participants who may have some distracting background noise or have forgotten to meet themselves. This is especially helpful in large calls where one person jumps off mute to ask a question, forgets to meet themselves. And now it's distracting the rest of the group because maybe there's some background noise. Like I said, that it might be I got animal in the background or road noise, whatever it is. And a co-host can be put in charge of finding that participant that's making the noise and putting them on me. Or if they have that permission, they can put everybody I'm viewed at once except for you. Making it really, really easy to make and on top of this, so that's number one, is limiting distractions from background noise by muted participants for you. Number two, if your software supports making annotations on the screen that is writing on the screen. Live. Your co-host can help you by deleting our erasing those annotations before you move on to the next point or the next slide. And that can be really helpful as well. So that's my second suggestion, erasing annotations number three. And this one doesn't have to be an extra permission set. This is something anyone can help you with. And that is to monitor the chat. So, you know, it's always a, no matter what software you're using, it can always be a challenge to both worrying about presenting yourself well and also worry about what's going on in the chat room, typically associated with their meetings? Well, any participant that you nominate as a co-host can be there to call out to you when an appropriate moment has arisen for a question to be answered, or you've got a pause going in the in the presentation, and it's now time to do some Q and a with your audience, especially if in your expectation slide, you ask them to put questions in the chat. And we'll now, there's somebody who's helping you with the Q and a, which can be super, super helpful for all of your presentations as well. All right, here's another one, is sort of software dependent. If the meeting software you use supports poles or quizzes of some kind. And you've built these into your presentation. A co-hosts can actually be in charge of running those, like sending those polls up, launching those poles, and gathering the results for you. So a co-host, 10X zoom can do all of those things and I'm sure many other softwares as well. But that's just one more idea that a co-host can help you with. So that's tip number four is running quizzes and polls for your meeting. Number five, and this is something again that anybody can do regardless of their permission set in the meeting. That is to act as a timekeeper or a note-taker. So both of these can be really helpful if you are getting, you know, if you've asked the co-host to give you some kind of notice halfway through the session. So maybe let you know you're halfway through time. So hopefully you're halfway through the content or 15 minutes leading up to the end. Either way, to give you a notification to to maybe catch up or slow down whatever it would be for you. A timekeeper can wash that clock and make sure you're staying on time and they can message you privately or they can call it out. If you've asked them to call it out and make sure you're staying on time your presentation. So that's number five. Timekeeper are note-taker. Number six. And hopefully you never have to use this particular feature. But many softwares again, allow co-hosts to kick participants, meaning to remove people from the presentation if they don't belong there, if they are being disruptive or distracting to the rest of the group. Again, hopefully you don't have that situation, you don't have to use it. But it's another thing to codes can help you with if meeting attendance is going to be a problem. So that's number six, kicking participants. When you get down to it, there's really a lot in an individual presentation to manage. And the more you can rely on others to help. And not only that, but involving more people in your presentation. It's always gonna reflect well on you. And it's always going to make sure that you're staying on time. You're monitoring the chat. People are having distracting background noise is causing you to lose focus for your audience and many other things. As I mentioned before, in the last point I would like to make on this slide is that some people feel a little uneasy, a little nervous about asking for help. They think, you know, maybe they think it reflects poorly on them. Maybe they think if I ask for help, it's me saying I'm in competent or not capable of running this meeting on my own. And that is simply not true. You are capable, no one's thinking you are not. In fact, many other presenters who see your presentation are probably going to steal that idea from you when they realize how effective it can be. Asking for help is the mark of a good presenter, not an incompetent presenter. I would also challenge you to say that just because you can manage the whole thing doesn't mean it's important to do so. And anytime I've asked for volunteer to be my colleague and monitor these things for me. They've always appreciated it. They've always jumped at the chance to get more involved. People would rather be helping and doing something and have a role than to be passively observing and watching your presentation. So there's that part as well. But I just wanted to mention those two things in case you're nervous about asking for help during your presentation. Well, that's it for this video. In our next video, I'm going to elaborate again on the expectation slide that I mentioned in the previous video. So why setting your expectations and putting them in writing on a slide can be really helpful and impactful for your audience and making sure you're getting off on the right foot. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video. 7. 7. The Expectations Slide: Welcome back, and thanks for watching. In this video, I'd like to go into more detail on, again, that expectations slide. Why it can be so helpful to put your expectations in writing upfront, especially for new audiences. And I can tell you, I've used this slide you're seeing on the screen numerous times. And it's always put people at ease. And it's really been helpful for my corporate audiences, ranging from brand new hires all the way to senior leaders across the world. So there's no one that it would be wrong to use this on. This is just a very helpful slide to include in your deck, especially again, if your audience is new to you. One thing you'll learn about viewers if you're not already an experienced public speaker yourself, is that they don't automatically know how to work with you. They don't automatically understand how to use all the tools at their disposal. They don't know how to set things up in a way that you like. And it's really helpful on them if you just articulate yourself. And adding in this slide is it takes 30 seconds to a minute. It's really simple and easy for your audience to understand. It's a good, quick visual representation of what you expect from them, as well as what they can expect from you. Feel free to copy this slide and make it your own. That's why I've left it here. Or maybe you think that you don't need this in your presentations and that's okay too. But I can tell you from personal experience, speak into a corporate audience like I do almost every day, that this slide is come in handy for me numerous times and it's always gone over, well, never been a problem. So I highly recommend putting some form of this slide in your presentation just to really spell things out. I can't say that enough people like to be, keep it simple, make it easy. This is one way to do that. That's all I have for this video is going to be pretty short, but I just wanted to share this with you. You can take this and make it your own or not up to you. Thanks for watching. And I'll see you in the next video where I'm going to walk you through some of my favorite icebreaker activities to really warm up your audience for you in the first ten minutes of the session as you're kicking things off. I'll see you in the next video. 8. 8. Ice Breakers: Hello there and welcome back. This video centers around how you can launch some initial informal activities to really warm your audience up, get them more comfortable speaking on the call. In this coded post crisis era, where we're finding more and more employees and team members and teammates and family members working remotely is more impactful than ever to include slides and activities like this in your content. To again build those relationships, build that rapport, and get on the right foot with your audience. So I wanted to share with you a couple of examples of slides that I prefer to use and it worked really well in my experience. And feel free to take any one of these and learn the core concepts behind them. Because I feel like this would be really helpful for anyone's virtual presentation today. So I've listed here several ideas that I've used successfully when leading trainings. And I've also got three examples of slides that are very similar to ones I have used repeatedly in many my sessions. Let's take a look. Alright, here's number one, and it's a really easy slide to use. All you do is you put up a blank map. And what you do is you ask your audience to put up some kind of marker. If they came on their software, somewhere on the map where they're either located or if your audience is not very geographically spread out, then ask them where they want to go on the next vacation, or ask them where they're most exciting place I've ever been to was or their dream vacation, whatever it is. But it's fun and gets people talking about something that I enjoy, like where they're from or where they wanna go. And if, depending on the size of your audience, if you've got a small intimate group, let's say, let's say less than 15 people. In that case, it's okay to have everyone speak up and say, Oh, I want to go to Malika, I want to go to the Philippines, whatever it is and have a chat about that. And it's fun if it's a large group. So 16 to a 100 plus people, you can still use this slide. You'll just ask people to put their answer in the chat and you'll see the chat quickly fill up with responses. And then from there, just to get people warmed up again, you can randomly pick two or three of the responses and ask those individuals to elaborate, take themselves out mute, and elaborate on that answer, which can be good fun for the group as well. So that's a couple of ways to use this live. And again, it's one of my favorites, is a staple on our team. And it can be really, really helpful warming up the audience as an icebreaker. Let's take a look at the next one. Alright, here's number two, and that is two truths and a lie. This one is especially good for really small intimate groups that you need to get to know fast and want to get good rapport with before you launch your presentation. The objective here is to go around the room and to have each participant state three things about themselves. To those things must be true. And obviously one of those things should be false and it falls to the rest of the group to try and determine which of the three statements is false. It's really good fun. Some side effects of this are extreme laughter and good inside jokes later on. And again, if it's a larger group, if it's more than ten people, maybe don't have time to go around the full room. But many you can make to truth and lie about yourself and ask the group to respond in the chat with which one they believe is false. And you can tell them and kind of reveal it in a fun and funny kind of way. So that's number two to true. So I, let's take a look at the third one. All right. Number three on here takes all the pressure off your audience. We work in it. A lot of industries work in a remote world now. So we're always home and a lot of people have pets. And in my experience, the pets are always in the background, always sneaking across the screen, finding ways to get involved, even despite their owner's best interest in attempts to stop them. So it can be really good fun, and really lighthearted to just ask people to if they have a pet, to go find their pet, pick him up, put him in front of the camera. And what you do is you share everyone's video at once against, depending on your software, try to get as many video screens going in the screen at once. And try to take a big picture screenshot of all of those people holding their pets, talking about their pets, laughing with their pets. And then not only is this good fun in the moment, it gets people feeling good talking about something they love and care about. But after the fact, after the presentation's over, when you follow up with them, you can take that screenshot and you can share that out with them so it reminds them of the good fun that they had with you. So that's number three. And this can be used on any size of audience, big or small. It's really good fun and really easy to do. So that's number three, asking people to show their pets. And that completes this video. I just wanted to share with you all a couple of icebreakers. I are highly recommend adding an icebreaker to your next presentation. Again, super-helpful for connecting with your audience, warming them up, getting them more comfortable interacting with you when you get into the content. It doesn't take very long to do, and it's a nice addition to half. So that's it for this video. I hope you enjoyed it, hope you learned a lot. And I'll see you in the next video where I'm going to talk to you about up leveling your brakes and how you can manage your breaks more efficiently. I'll see you then. 9. 9. Managing Breaks: Welcome back. Now, depending on the length of your session, you may have to incorporate breaks to allow your audience to use the restroom, to move around, or just to get more coffee. In this video, I want to share with you some ways that you can up level the way you're handling breaks today, depending on how you're doing them, to make it more fun for your audience, and to make it sharper and more clear when the audience needs to return back to the room after the break. Now typically what I see with presenters across the board is when a break comes up on a virtual session, they simply say, Alright, come on back at five minutes from now would be this time. And then they state that time and they say come on back at that time. And that's perfectly okay in most cases, but I have a better way to do it and I want to share that with you. And I'll often, especially if you have a geographically diverse segment and involving your audience, Different cultures can have a different definition of five minutes for sure. So here's how we can make this symbol. Many websites exist, even Google that have timers on them that will allow you to screen, share your screen with a timer on it, making it abundantly clear to everyone what time they need to be back. They are watching the timer countdown. That can be much more effective than saying five minutes from now or stating a time when again, people might be in different time zones or simply have a different definition of what 51015 minutes means to them. So this can be helpful there if you want it to be more playful. And I recommend this. Use this website that I supplied here on this slide. What this allows you to do is it creates this like mock race where the audience can have fun betting on who's going to win. That mock race that goes during the length of your timer. So as your timers coming to the end, the participants are getting closer to the race track and it's fun to see who actually went after people have bet in the chat or, or had fun with that. So that's one thing you can do. The next slide is going to include an activity you can use to make coming back from the break and sort of take that edge off and make it easier for them to ease back into the presentation and be in a good mood. And I would only recommend using something like this on a longer presentation. That being something like three or more hours for a workshop presentation, that I would recommend doing something like this, but it can still be really, really helpful for you. Let's take a look. Okay, so this slide is one that I've used several times to get people feeling good when they get back from a break. Oftentimes if it's a long enough session and your audience is maybe work-related, they can get a little, little tired partway through the presentation. I've been there myself. I'm sure you have as well. And this gets people active, gets people smiling and warms a backup to get like a second icebreaker to get them back into the mood for the rest of the presentation. And the easy way to do this is you take that activity very similar to grab your pet and bring your pen on the screen. Except now you're asking them to use part of the brain to prepare for, in this case, a costume contest. And what they do is during this Hen 15 minutes, you give them whatever as they're getting their coffee using the restroom, they're going to have some time left over and you can make it fun by asking them to grab whatever they have available on hand, come up with their favorite outfit. If, if your service allows it, setup a virtual background that maybe matches your costume to make it more fun. And then you, or you can designate someone else to be a judge. The team can vote. Do you want on who has the best costume? And this is a ton of fun. Gets people smiling, gets people laughing. And it makes the second half or the next portion of your presentation that much easier and better received. So I hope that's helpful for you. That concludes this video on up leveling your brakes. And in the next video, our last video, I'll talk to you about how to finish your presentation strong for maximum impact so that your audience is going to leave the session a little bit wiser and a little bit more engaged than they were before. Let's take a look. 10. 10. Finishing Strong - the last 5-10 minutes: All right, welcome back. If you've made it this far, a huge thank you to you for watching this far and you've made it successfully to the end. So this video is our last video and it's all about finishing strong. You see what I did there? I just told you we're near the end and it's the first bullet on the slide. That's pretty funny. Okay. It goes it goes over Better Life. That's fine. That's fair. But anyway, that's point number one. When you're coming to the end and you don't have to be on the last slide. But when you're in the last 15 minutes or so or last 20 minutes of your presentation. It's helpful to call this out for your audience. It sort of refocus is people who've had a micro sleep and fell and off the bus. So when I say that, what I mean is people's attention levels, no matter how driven they are by the topic, no matter how interested they are. People's mind as a way of side tracking. It just, it just happens to everyone. Don't take it personally. It's not related to you unnecessarily. It's related to what that person is feeling. Are they hungry? Do they have to use the restroom? Or they really enamored by some other person that they're thinking about or some situation that they're dealing with. It really has nothing to do with you. Don't take it personally, but just know that people are going to, eventually their attention is going to wane. But when you're getting close to the end of your presentation, this is usually one of the most important parts. And it gets people excited when you just tell them I'm near the end. We're getting close to the end where it close to the finish line. It's a feel-good moment and it re-centered people's attention. So that's point number one is clarify when you near the end. Point number two. And this one is pretty huge. Our team uses it all the time. I use it almost every presentation I have. And that is to finish by recapping what you've discussed and what peoples key takeaways were, what were the individual highlights for the group? So a couple of ways that you can manage this. If you've got a small group, let's say 15 or less people, one thing you can do and if your software allows it, is you can either go around the room and asked people to verbally state their key takeaway there, top highlight of the session. Now, that's gonna benefit of showing you some instant feedback. What were you saying that was most impactful to your audience and that's immensely helpful for you and for the rest of the group that's listening to that person share their top highlight as it reminds the rest of them what you covered. So that's number one. If you've got a larger group, you can do the same thing. You can ask people to stamp on the slide. They can do that if they have, if your software allows it or if it doesn't, hopefully it's got a chat feature and you can ask people to put in the chat there, top takeaway there, top highlight. And again, you can call out two or three volunteers and ask them to elaborate on what their top takeaway was. So again, this gives you as the presenter instant feedback into what was, what was memorable for your audience. And also reminds those people, the rest of the people on the line what you've just covered. So in essence, it covers your key takeaways. It covers your agenda better than you can on your own. The worst thing I've ever seen is people always put these at the end of their presentations and I it gets on my nerves. But any questions or thank you. Stop stop ending your presentations that way it's my personal pet, fif. This is a much more powerful way to end your sessions. So go around the room if it's a small group, ask everyone for their one key takeaway. If it's a larger group, put it in the chat and call on two or three people to elaborate. That's a great way to end your cost. You can also end off with a, so there you have it. There's my topic. Now, tackle the world, whatever it is. But just don't end with any questions because that just makes you a very powerful, very intense, very exciting presentation. Fall flat at the end and people don't remember anything afterwards. So try ending like this. So and fill n. I would really appreciate it if you left your top takeaways here in the comments section below. So there you have it, how to give memorable virtual presentations. I hope this was helpful for you and best wishes to you moving forward.