Presenter Tips for Engaging with a Virtual Audience

Planning Your Presentation

  • On each slide, balance text and images.
  • Keep text at least 36-point font size.
  • Always have high contrast between colors (e.g. background and text).
  • Avoid "busy" slide backgrounds.
  • For maps, charts, and graph labels use 20-point or larger font. Include the description of the image, chart, or graph.
  • Simplify your slides for those watching on smaller screens. 
  • Use the downloadable photography and social media icons to inform the audience whether your presentation is shareable. 
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When Presenting 

  • Consider standing as it will allow you to remain focused and use good presentation delivery skills such as belly breathing, vocal variety, and pausing. 
  • If you are planning to use your camera, consider lighting and camera angle before you begin. 
    • You will want to have light in front of you to illuminate your face so that your face is not in shadow. 
    • Your camera should be at, or slightly above, eye level.
  • Consider using a professional or virtual background to eliminate distraction.
  • Pay attention to your body language and make eye contact with your "audience."
  • Briefly introduce yourself and your presentation title at the start of your presentation.
  • Consider speaking more slowly than you would in person. 
  • Briefly describe any slide images for those who may have low vision or be blind.
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