Virtual Presentation Skills Training
Virtual Presentation Skills Training gives participants ideas on how to develop, as well as the opportunity to practice their skills. The challenges of Covid-19 has required many people to present through their pc, laptop or phone. This workshop gives people the ideas to present virtually and professionally.
How is the Virtual Presentation Skills Training delivered?
Our Virtual Presenting with Impact training is delivered via any online software including Adobe Connect, Webex, Zoom etc. We tend to use the client’s preferred software as we can work with any. Participants can be home based, or in the office.
The session is delivered in a workshop style. This means there is presentation of ideas from the training consultant and lots of discussion. The conversation focusses on how the ideas introduced, apply to individual participant situations and their particular needs.
The workshop can take from 90 minutes to two and a half hours, depending on your needs. During the session participants ask questions and practice some of the skills.
The session covers all aspects of presenting virtually from preparation, presentation construction to personal impact. We review the use of voice, body language and words. Participants leave with many ideas from this focussed workshop. See the full agenda below.
Optional follow up - Part 2 workshop
The optional follow up part 2 session gives the participants the opportunity to practice the skills reviewed in part 1. This means there is a greater chnace that new skills will be embeded.
This can be done by breaking up into smaller groups of three, based on their needs, role, or functional area. These could be on the same day, or a different one.
In the smaller virtual workshops, each participant presents to the group via the video. They present in 5 to 10 minutes slots and receive feedback. This is repeated a couple of times. Feedback is given by the other training participants and of course by the training consultant. Following feedback they continue to present, so in this way they develop as they learn and as they present.
These smaller workshop groups last around 60 to 90 minutes, with each participant presenting for around 20 minutes including their feedback. Each participant can be involved in more than one of these smaller group workshops, depending on their needs and development requirements.
Alternatively the part 2 workshops can be run as one to one coaching sessions.
Individual Development Feedback
Each participant recieves the feedback they require in a number of areas. Identifying both areas which are strong and those which would benefit from development, form parts of this session.
When presenting, the participants look at the screen to see their slide content and at the same time they’re looking pretty much at the camera, so the feedback they get is very good when compared to presenting in the same room.
Each piece of feedback is accompanied by ideas on how to develop personal impact, and this is tailored for the individual.
Feedback is given on the overall style of the presenter. Their impact and the overall impression they give. Does it appear that the presenter really knows their subject.
Body language can include use of hands and arms, facial expressions, movement and fiddling. It also includes eye contact, which is important when presenting via video.
Does the talk make sense in achieving its objective? Does the audience know where the presentation is going and reach a clear conclusion?
Are the slides coherent and make sense? Does each slide clearly make the point it is designed to do? Are the slides interesting?
Is the audience engaged from the start? Do they feel involved and is it made clear how the talk is of relevance to them?
How many participants can join Virtual Presentation Skills Training
In the last few months we have run this session for small groups of three people and larger groups of up to twenty people. The difference is the amount of personal interaction the time allows.
Virtual Presentation Skills Training - Duration
The workshop is typically run as a 90 minute to two hour session. If you choose a two hour session, this can be split into two one hour sessions.
You can decide how long you would like the workshop to last. We will amend the content accordingly.
The technical requirements are simply the client’s chosen platform. We have found Zoom to be a reliable and simple option for participants from around the world.
If the participants wish to record their presentations and the feedback, they can do this by either recording the session in the application, or by using a smartphone. If they want to stand for their presentation and record, a microphone will help the sound qaulity.
Free Access to Online Video Learning Content
As part of this training provision, each participant gains access to itdLIVE. This is our Video Learning platform. It includes over 90 videos on Presenting with Impact, including presentnig virtually. Each video is between 30 seconds and three minutes long. Every video contains one idea on presenting and is focussed and concise. You can access just the idea you need, or watch the whole course.
Take a look at this Video Learning platform by clicking on this link itdLIVE.
Tailoring the course to your needs
We will tailor the training to suit yor needs. Some clients have a sales focus, others have the need for a client update presentation. Other clients have needed their people to develop confidence to give a more professional virtual communication. Simply tell us what you need and we will make the workshop work for you.
You have the option of sending each participant a pdf of the workshop agenda. Part of the agenda of the course is presenting to different work styles, or personalities. To help with this participants can complete the online personality questionnaire. Click here to read more.
Virtual Presentation Skills Training Agenda
The following areas are included in the training agenda.
This area includes, how to structure the presentation and each section within it. The start, the content and the end. How to structure each slide. Planning your talk and the importance of a clear objective.
What is actually going into your talk? What should be excluded can often be as important as what is included.
The look and layout of each slide can be vital. The use of bullets and images is reviewed and applied, so that each person gains ideas on their presentation.
We are often asked about the number of slides that should be used and how many slides can be presented per minute. Getting the timing right is vital, as well as allowing for questions and discussion.
This is an often overlooked area, in that the organistaion of the venue can make, or break a presentation.
Considering your audience and planning how you will engage with the audience is crucial. Relating your content to them will directly impact the results.
What you wear needs to support the premise of your presentation. If your talk is to promote your competence and knowledge, your clothes need to support this. The expectations of the audience are key here. In some markets and situations a suit is required, wheras in others it is definetly not.
How you present yourself in eye contact, warmth of expression, hand movements and all other aspects of body language, needs to support your overall impact.
Like every other aspect of our virtual presentation skills training, handling questions is a skill. It can be learnt, practised and developed. Handling very difficult questions is part of this training.
Some participants want to develop their voice. This can be in slowing down, adding emphasis, making it clearer, and altering the overall pace.
The choice of words is key, especialy for those who work in a technically complex area. We all have our work related language, but for some this can be particularly complex. Our observation is that the most intelligent people tend to use the simplest language to explain very complicated ideas.
Telling a Story with your Presentation
Telling a story in your talk can make it highly impactful and engaging. We will show you how to do this with very simple structures and ideas. It makes the virtual presentation skills training add real value to your technique.