With so many training events now being held fully or partially online, you too may be planning some virtual lessons. Try these tips from Past District Governor Chris Offer of the Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada:
  • Prep your environment. Use a high-quality camera set at eye level. Avoid having light behind you or at your side, because it can create unflattering shadows. Test your microphone to make sure it works with the virtual platform you’re using. Confirm that your Wi-Fi signal is strong or, if you can, plug directly into an Ethernet connection.
  • Use a second monitor. If you’ll refer to on-screen notes during your presentation, think about using a second monitor. Use the monitor with the camera to pull up your notes, so as you read them it looks like you’re making eye contact with your audience. Use the other monitor to share your slides.
  • Keep presentation slides to a minimum. Less is more. Limit the number of slides so your audience can focus on the message of your presentation. And keep your graphics and fonts simple.
  • Engage your audience. Keep your audience involved by polling them, posing discussion questions, and using breakout rooms for small group discussions.
  • Rehearse. Practice your presentation so you can get comfortable in front of the camera. Rehearsing also helps you get used to the technology you’re using.