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involved. Whether you have an extremely
large audience, an audience of one
or anything in-between, your ability
to keep them engaged and interested

will directly impact the effectiveness of
your message. After all, your message
won't be heard at all if no one is
paying attention.

Adapt Visuals

PREPARATION
CHECKLIST
Use this checklist to enhance
your professional online
presence as you prepare for
your next virtual event:
AUDIO
* Telephone or VOIP
(which has the better
connection quality?)
* Noise cancelling
headset
* Vocal warmups
VIDEO
* Camera at eye level
* Lighting in front
* Appropriate background
AUDIENCE
INTERACTION
* Icebreaker question
available
* Interaction incorporated
VISUALS
* One thought per slide
PREPARATION
* Workspace set up
* Devices charged and
ready

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Most online meetings involve the use
of visual aids, such as presentation
slides.
These
enhance
your
message and should therefore be
meticulously planned.
If you're taking an inperson message (such
as a presentation or
training class) and
moving it online,
you'll likely double
or triple the number
of slides in your
presentation.
This
is to keep the screen
moving
and
help
capture audience attention, as
well as provide extra instructions
that an online platform may require. For
example, if I share a chart and want
my audience to zoom into a detail and
highlight key points, I'd include a slide
with directions on how to complete
these tasks.
Visuals should be crisp and clear with
only one main thought per slide. Sans
serif fonts generally work best online.
Your audience's display options may
vary widely. Will they have huge external
monitors or be on mobile devices? Test
your visuals in advance to see how
they translate online. Use large font,
high-quality graphics and minimal text
when possible.

Advance Preparation
None of these keys to successful digital
communication happen by accident.
They require advance preparation
on your part. The famous saying,

"Proper preparation prevents poor
performance," holds just as true for online
communication as it does everywhere
else. But what specifically do you need
to prepare? Your workspace, your
technology and yourself.
Start by taking stock of your workspace.
Whether you work from an office, your
home or your local coffee shop, your
work area dictates the quality of
your online connection.
An
enclosed
space
is ideal for high
sound quality
and allowing
yourself
to
focus solely
on the digital
space.
But
since perfect
environments
aren't
always
possible, spend
a few moments
optimizing the space
you do have available.
To prepare your technology, ensure
the basics: Laptop charged up, mobile
devices updated and headset plugged
in. Consider having a backup device
ready to connect if needed. And most
importantly, take time to prepare
yourself - especially your voice
and video.

In Closing
When you decide to focus on your
digital communication skills, your
message will come across more clearly.
By following these five simple keys to
success, you and your team will be able
to say, "We're communicating well, and
we just happen to be doing it online."
Cindy Huggett, CPLP helps organizations
and training professionals move to the
virtual classroom. Email Cindy.



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