Make sure you create a professional environment to record or live stream your presentation. If you are in the office, find a quiet space to present and remember to let your colleagues know when you are presenting live.
Similarly, when presenting from home it is important to let other occupants of the house know. Avoid presenting in shared rooms, find a quiet room in the house with a closed door. Put a sign on the door when you are presenting to remind people not to interrupt.
- Make sure both you and your office look professional and inviting.
- Smart clothing and solid colours are preferable.
- Keep your background simple and uncluttered.
- Remove distractions and turn off your phone, email, Skype, Zoom, or other apps running on your computer.
- Keep the door closed and cut out any background noise to make it easier for the audience to focus on your presentation.
- Turn the camera on.
- Video is crucial to capture the full attention of your audience; people tend to tune out when just listening to a voice.
- Place your webcam at eye level and ensure that the camera is capturing your face properly.
- Lean in so that your face, and not the objects in the background, takes centre-stage.
- You want to engage with your audience, not just recite your presentation to a computer.
- Act like you are a professional newscaster on television.
- Make eye contact by looking directly into the camera (particularly at the start or end of your session) and speak conversationally.