What We Do
We think the best way to learn how to present virtually, i.e., over the phone, is to experience someone actually presenting virtually. So we conduct our "Presenting to the Abyss" seminar as a webinar and demonstrate the tips, tools and techniques for making webinars and phone presentations as effective and engaging as possible.
As always, we tailor the training to your team's specific needs by soliciting feedback from all participants in advance of the webinar – to learn what they are most interested in learning about virtual presentations. We want to know what frustrates them the most and what their biggest challenges are. And then we make sure we cover those issues.
What We Cover
In this very popular Program, we teach participants how to overcome the numerous hurdles entailed in presenting via webinar and/or over the phone. Topics covered may include:
- Universal challenges associated with virtual presentations
- Selecting the right technology platform
- Pre-meeting communication strategies
- Managing pre-meeting logistics
- Determining how and when to get started
- Managing audience (and presenter) expectations
- Determining optimal presentation duration
- Techniques for an effective kickoff
- The "SAVE" process for effective communication
- Structuring an effective virtual presentation
- Simplicity and the proper use of visuals
- Modified animation techniques
- Power of teamwork
- Managing through distractions
- Mastering voice techniques
- Managing audience participation/discussion
- Handling questions and feedback
- Closing strategies
- Differentiating between web presentations and "handout" presentations
Real World Questions We Address
Participants can expect "Presenting to the Abyss" to address common questions like:
- What can we do to minimize technology issues when running the webinar?
- What is the best technology platform for a webinar?
- How do we read the audience when we can't see them?
- How does one deal with total silence from the audience?
- What do we do if we get no feedback, no participation, nothing?
- How do we keep the group's energy level up?
- What is the best way to get started?
- How do we pause and ask for questions – without sounding like a broken record?
- What can we do to encourage discussion?
- What can we do to deal with being alone on the phone?
- How do we field questions? When do we ask for questions? What's the best way to respond?