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Creating Great Presentations and Meetings

With the move to virtual meetings, training and events it is more important than ever to provide a good experience while hosting a training or event. 
From the way you lay out your slides, the questions you ask, and your content to the little extras. It all adds to the experience. 
When you are planning think about your audience and how you can address them in the best possible way.
Here are some things that you want to consider having in your presentations:

 

Connection
Think of ways you can create connections within the group. If possible have each member talk about themselves or ask them to each answer a specific question or have them invite their pets to join the call. 

 

Fun
Do you have some polls they can answer or quick games they can play to break up the content? Getting people to interact is key. You may want to try https://www.polleverywhere.com/

 

Content
Make sure your content includes more than just words on slides. Do you have engaging videos, photos or diagrams you can use instead?  There is nothing worse that a presentation that is someone just reading slides word for word, trust me that is not fun. 

 

Structure
Use a specific structure so that people know what to expect. 
– Start off by introducing yourself ( use pictures/ logos etc. ) and your topic. 
– Have a slide that shows each item you will be covering so they understand how it will all go together. 
– Let them know approximately how long the presentation will be
– Break up the content every 10 minutes with polls/fun etc. People only have about a 10-minute attention span, so if you want to keep them listening you will need to re-engage them. 
– Repeat your main points at the end of the presentation
– Include a Q&A period at the end
– Ask for feedback.

 

Putting a little extra thought and preparation can make all the difference.

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