1. Dress to impress – Dress for your video conference the way you would for an in-person meeting.
2. Adjust your lighting – Don’t sit directly in front or beside a bright light source, or else all the audience sees is a bright light and a shadowy figure.
3. Think about your background – Try to provide a nice plain background. Free from clutter and personal items.
4. Practice speaking to the camera and not the screen – Our tendency is to look at the person on the screen, but you should look at the camera when you speak so the audience feels like you’re talking directly to them.
5. Mute your microphone when necessary – Zoom has a “Mute Microphone” option that cuts down on ambient feedback for the audience and you should mute yourself when listening to a presenter. Please ensure you are in a quiet space and let your household know you are in a Webinar!
6. Screen Sharing – If you will be required to share your screen, ensure all external apps/documents are closed. The only document that should be opened, is your file/presentation you need to share with attendees.
7. Video Broadcast – Note there is a small lag between the broadcast of the host/panelist video and the attendee view. When you are beginning your presentation please take this into account and pause for just a few seconds before commencing to make up for this small delay.
8. Practice Makes Perfect- Schedule a time with your panelists to do a “dry run” of the webinar session. You’ll be able to iron out any imperfections and make everyone comfortable before others login.