Even in the midst of the Circuit Breaker, where most of us are working from home, it’s no secret that most of us are still attending meetings, virtually. For most of us, working from home does not mean that there is no work to be done, nor does it mean that our presentations for work are to be postponed. Such things take place in an online platform during these days.
For many of us, it’s even more nerve-wrecking to deliver a presentation online, especially when your audience’s microphones are muted, and you’re not able to see all of them on your screen, like you would be able to during a face-to-face presentation. Doing a presentation in this manner can be rather scary because it’s much harder to determine if your audience is receiving your presentation well. Hence, we realize that it is even more crucial for us to be adequately prepared for online presentations.
The first thing that we need to do in order to prepare for such a presentation is to be confident in our voices. It’s no secret that we are constantly being judged by our audience, and most of the time, we are being judged by the sound of our voices. This is especially so in an online platform. We need to have confidence that our voices sound pleasant, interesting and captivating. And the only way to do this is to hear what you actually sound like. Take some time to record yourself, hear what you sound like, and make the necessary adjustments. Over time, you will sound interesting and captivating, and this naturally leads to you having confidence in your voice.
Another thing that can help us to prepare for online presentations is to have confidence in the topic that you are presenting. This means that you should take some time to do research on the topic, and understand the topic well. When you understand the topic, you naturally tend to be more confident, and this confidence can also be projected through your voice.
Finally, one more thing you can do to be better prepared for your online presentations is to be in the online platform earlier than your audience. This gives you time to prepare yourself and to test all the technical functions that you’d like to use for your presentation. Many a times, we start to panic when we encounter technical difficulties, and this can cause us to lose our focus, which can lead to a loss in confidence for your presentation.