Matt Church talks to Tara Diversi about what it takes to present your message clearly and succinctly. This is a 21-minute video packed with useful content!
Garr Reynolds’ excellent book “Presentation Zen” is useful not only for face-to-face presentations, but also for webinars:
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I’ve just finished my new book Webinar Smarts, and it will be back from the printer next week. But you can still order it now, and you’ll get the e-book version immediately, and of course I’ll send you the printed version as soon as it’s ready.
Today I was scheduled to deliver a small presentation at the Thought Leaders Conference in Sydney. I’m in Perth, so we were going to do it by webinar. I was all ready to go, but the conference was running behind schedule. We thought they would catch up time, but I did have another appointment, and eventually the conference organisers and I realised we had to cancel my session.
A pity, but hey – no big deal. Stuff happens.
However, it did get me thinking of the dynamics of mixing face-to-face and virtual presentations. The other speakers who were scheduled to speak at the same time were able to speak, because they were at the conference itself, so they simply adjusted to the flow of the day. For most of them, I suspect the delay in their presentations wouldn’t have been an issue at all. I, on the other hand, was marching to a different drum, with my presentation being one time slot scheduled into a regular day.
What’s more, our energy was different. The other speakers, because they were conference participants as well, were much more in tune with the conference energy, dynamic and flow. They’d been to the preceding sessions, given a standing ovation to one speaker, networked during the breaks, would go to the following sessions, and would be available for a chat afterwards.
Of course my situation was different. With a face-to-face presentation, even if I wasn’t going to be there for the whole event, I could arrive early and stay late, to get some idea of the energy. But for my remote presentation, this isn’t possible. The best I could do was follow the conference Twitter stream (which was good, but not the same as being there).
So the lesson for me – and I hope for you as well – is two-fold: First, be aware that this difference exists between the face-to-face and virtual presentation environments. Second, if you are making a virtual presentation, make it your own responsibility to explain the differences to the conference organiser.