Best Practices for Video Presentations

November
,
2019
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Virtual presentations, such as webinars or video conferences, can pose unique challenges. Give a successful presentation no matter the distance between you and your audience with help from this guide.

Technical presentations can be difficult to master, as the speaker must present complex information in a limited amount of time. Many presentations now occur using video conferencing tools, such as webinars or virtual meetings. Webinars are usually formatted to show a series of graphics or slides accompanied by your voice. Video conferences that take place using tools like Skype may only show your talking head on the screen, with no opportunity for graphics (unless you provide supplementary material via email).

If the presentation takes place virtually, the audience is often required to view technical graphics without being able to see the presenter at the same time. In such cases, the audience misses out on the presenter’s nonverbal cues. Therefore, presenters must add all of the necessary information into the presentation itself or the accompanying verbal description.

In cases where the presenter is visible onscreen, poor display resolution or Internet connectivity may muddle or eliminate nonverbal cues. The combination of verbal and nonverbal cues is critical for clear and complete communication. Adding to the challenge are conference room screens that are inadequately sized for virtual group learning or discussions. Presenters can overcome these challenges and give great technical presentations by focusing on the graphics and voice-over...

Author Bios: 

Joseph Colannino, P.E.

Joseph Colannino, P.E., is CEO of Colannino Consultants, LLC, where he consults on combustion and pollution control (Email: colanninoconsultants@gmail.com). He also teaches industrial courses on process optimization, improving research and development R&D, and the art of technical presentation and communication. With more than 30 years of experience in the power, chemical, and petrochemical industries, he specializes in leading process teams to develop profitable innovations. He has more than 100 patents pending and granted, and many...Read more

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