Many of us have attended a virtual conference or event during COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, virtual conferences are sure to continue. Having business events online takes out the intimidating factors of travel, lodging, and even walking up to meet with new people. Because virtual conferences have been very popular, there’s a chance they are here to stay even after the pandemic. But how do you prepare for a virtual conference, especially as a speaker? Follow these tips to ensure you will give an engaging speech on any online platform.
Prepare your Schedule and Space
Just like if we were in person, make sure you prepare for the conference. Be prepared in what you’re going to say, ask, and present, but also set out time in your schedule to be fully present. Conferences are a great way to connect with others, and so you will want to ensure you have the time to devote to the event. If it is possible, try to be alone in a room when you’re virtually present. Limit the distractions around you and grab a notebook and pen, and be ready to connect with many people.
Do a Trial Run
If the opportunity presents itself, do a trial run. A trial run could even be with a friend to ensure that your microphone, camera, and device are working correctly. Many virtual events even offer speakers a trial to ease any anxieties the event hosts and the attendees have beforehand. Take the opportunity to ensure you are fully prepared to speak and connect with others.
Keep your Speech Concise
Being in an online format is often more draining for people because we have to focus on a lot more when virtual. To ensure your audience stays engaged, keep your speech concise. If the platform allows it, allow audience interaction as an easy way to keep them focused on you. We recommend introducing yourself and cracking a light joke or two before getting started to really set the stage for audience engagement.
There are benefits and drawbacks to having online conferences. It may require a little more work to prepare your talk beforehand, but you can still connect with your audience when online. Use the benefits of conferences and connect with others and learn from those around you. If you need more help preparing for your upcoming virtual conference, contact us today.