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Nancy Duarte's Ultimate Tips for Remote Presenters

By Sara Peyton
July 30, 2008 | Comments: 3

When Nancy Duarte, the author of O'Reilly's soon-to-be-released slide:ology, was asked to give a webinar on VizThink recently, she wanted to be ultra-prepared. After all, with gas prices ballooning and spending shrinking, online presentations will undoubtedly become more common.

So to get ready for the webinar the principal of Duarte Design, the firm that created the graphics for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, put together practical, inspiring, and some surprising tips for connecting to and engaging with an online audience. On presentation day, Nancy covered up the windows at the office and posted photos of her colleagues, so she felt like she was talking to a real audience.


Nancy wrote about the experience on her new blog and put together her ultimate tip list.

The first tip on her list?

Nancy says remote presenters should stand up even if no one else is staring back.

"Body posture influences the projection of your voice. If you're scrunched at your computer, or huddled by the phone, your voice may not come across with authority, and you risk being perceived as unprepared."

She also recommends creating visually compelling slides. "People will multitask during your presentation," writes Nancy. "It's the nemesis of the medium. Instead of ignoring it, use it as motivation to communicate differently. Create presentations so visually rich that they won't cover up your webinar with their Inbox."

Read the rest of Nancy's tips here. If you've got a remote presentation tip to add, post it here, and you just may win a copy of slide:ology.

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So when is the Webinar, and
when is the book??

I have attended a lot of webinars and just a few 'real' conferences.
To me one of the very important factors is to ensure that audio and video works properly.
The failure rate is pretty depressing.
Ensure that all your listeners can connect, whether they have Windows, Mac or Linux.
For audio stream, provide alternative codecs, even an plain old conferencing phone number if you can afford it.

For the presentation ensure that actual slides are captured, I've seen way too many talking heads presentations.
But the slides on their own, in mu and many others' view are not enough, show the presenters, body language means a lot.

For the initial live presentation, schedule at least two timeslots, so that users around the globe can attend during daytime. That helps in cases, where even with prior testing, there are some issues with the presentation, technical or not.

The Q&A session is very often better than one sided presentation, have people ask questions during presentation and a second presenter prepare answers for them.

Always record the session AND the Q&A, make it available to those who couldn't attend.

As for the presentation itself, there are some excellent guidelines formulated and easily found on the web, so I won't repeat those, just a link an excellent quick summary by comedian Don McMillan, being featured on the main page of http://thecontentwrangler.ning.com/

Good luck!

when this boook will released i am waiting since a long time.


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