Effective remote presentations: Best design tips

You probably have many remote presentations or remote pitches scheduled on a variety of topics these days. Whether on the receiving or host end, the number of online activities is flourishing with the current global pandemic. Yet, you might, more importantly, be wondering how to create an excellent presentation that keeps people focused while they’re at home. So many things can be distracting in that setting! So here are the best design tips for effective remote presentations that we put together for you.

Effective presentations start with superb planning

Also, make sure everyone will be able to see your presentation deck. Click the “share screen” button and make sure it’s doing the trick right. Get as familiarized as you can with the platform you’ll be using. Let your curiosity run you through every button or feature you can see. That’s how you can make the best of it!

And now that we’re discussing planning, please start with a sound introduction. The start of the presentation should be strong, so the audience feels compelled.

Set your meeting etiquette ahead of time

And, if you want people to enter the online room before you do or early concerning the agreed meeting time, you can put up a countdown slide to the time when the presentation is programmed to start.

Your audience will most probably appreciate being able to prepare for the start of the meeting, anyhow. And if chaos happens on your watch, know you can be patient, set an example, and be courteous.

We tend to take failure harshly when we’re on the spot. Yet and again, remember those kinds of tech-related incidents happen all the time! Especially now, when so many people are forcefully learning about these online platforms. Most aren’t frequent users of this kind of technology, so be considerate about troubles that come up.

And, also, if any setbacks push you way too late into your meeting start time, risk the one or two users with the trouble if the rest of a broad audience is ready and available in your online meetup space. It’s hard to admit, but the best solution to such a complicated tech situation is to solve it outside the realms of an ongoing group video call.

Exercise the power of recording

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Of course, do test runs of your presentation to be 100% ready. Not only in terms of content, but on approach and manner, going over a trial of your pitch might be an excellent idea! This practice will let you remember any details you might have missed or spot any issues that need addressing. And that all can happen with the perfect time for solutions if you plan well.

Facts on the actual presentation deck

First of all, think about those to whom you’re presenting. Your audience is your primary focus, so create your deck with the people that come to your mind, body, and soul, especially if they’re investors. In case you’re working on a startup pitch deck, please take a look at our startup pitch deck templates and all our related articles on the topic.

Resort to storytelling

The above doesn’t mean taking out or putting in any significant changes to the standard structure for the type of presentation you’re giving. If you’re pitching an investor, respect the most well-known sequences to an investor pitch deck, for example. Nothing calls for a massive change in that.

However, as you deliver your lines and craft your deck, think of your story in the general scope of business matters. And then focus every time finer on detail to improve the sequence of the story you’re sharing. Enhance your audience’s engagement, rather than drop their attention to the ground.

Also, link the visual feel to your slides to the story you’re telling. Your presentation slides should have a visual identity to which you commit fully. They should speak of your company branding if you’re into doing business with them. And now more than ever, virtual pitch decks need to stand out to the top of the line kind of quality. The online remote tool market boom in response to this crisis is creating fierce competitive waters.

When you use images, which we hope you do, make sure they fulfill a definite purpose. If you choose to show any people in those images, for example, be considerate of human diversity and harmful stereotypes.

Expanding on a topic per slide

So give each slide a purpose. You can think about this as critical concepts that you want to include as one per slide, for example. That practice of presenting this way allows the audience to quickly get back on track if they get lost in what you have to say for whatever reason. Say someone checked their email or phone instantly. Or maybe they run to get some coffee or a bathroom break. In those cases, they can always come back to the current slide you’re presenting and grasp the new content you’re introducing. It just helps connect ideas quicker, too, and keep a cleaner outline to your entire business or other types of presentations as a whole.

Foster interaction via chat

Consider tech means for screen-sharing

Give presentation slides an excellent contrast to help with the above, as well if you consider the golden rule of concise text, large font, and contrast colors when you craft your presentation material that will especially help cellphone or mobile device users.

Slidebean has cool features for remote working, collaboration, and live presentation you can check out and, of course, our presentation design team is always available to help in case you need more personalized guidance.

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