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."