Training for effective virtual or hybrid presentations

The basic skills your team learned for Teams and Zoom won’t be good enough in the future

Virtual and hybrid presentations, where some attendees are in the room and some are virtual, are the future of business presentations. We aren’t going back to cramming people into a meeting room. The basic skills your team learned in 2020 to share slides in Teams or Zoom won’t be good enough for the future.

Your team needs next-level skills to stand out

Whether your staff presents to executives or to clients and prospects, the standard sharing of slides on the screen isn’t enough to stand out, no matter how fancy the slides look. Your team needs to learn how to leverage the platform, engage the audience by incorporating other content, and upgrade their delivery approach.

Here’s what this can look like.

I will teach your staff the skills using the tools they already have

I don’t use any extra software or online tools you have to pay for. I show your staff how to use the standard Microsoft 365 tools to deliver virtual and hybrid presentations that stand out.

Technology setup

I show how you can get the most from a one or two-screen setup, how your setup can impact the audience experience, and how to use the platform efficiently.

Platform video options

I show and have them practice using the options Teams and Zoom offer for attendee videos and why these techniques are important in virtual and hybrid settings.

Options for sharing PowerPoint slides

Most presenters just share full screen Slide Show mode in the meeting. I show four options for sharing PowerPoint slides in a virtual meeting so they can choose the best option for their situation.

Engaging the audience with other content

One of the great advantages of virtual presentations is that we are right in front of our laptop. That means we can incorporate content such as videos, websites, spreadsheets, and documents to engage the audience.

Advanced delivery by using your desktop as a canvas

As you saw in the video above, you can go way beyond just sharing slides. I show them options for using their desktop as a canvas to easily switch between content and have the audience’s full attention.

The changes hybrid presentations will bring

Hybrid presentations bring some unique challenges and I explain how business professionals can deal with these changes.

Your staff will learn what to do and how to do it

I design the sessions so that your staff leave knowing not only what they can do but exactly how to do it using the tools they use. Each session is structured using a “demonstrate and explain” approach. I demonstrate the technique or skill first. This allows your team to experience it as their audience will experience it. Then I explain exactly how I did it in the tools they already use. They see exactly how to incorporate the technique in their own presentations.

Every session is recorded so that the participants can review the teaching in the future. The recordings and additional resources are available on a private portal I set up for each course cohort. They have password access to the portal for one year after the course so they can master techniques and then move on to learn and master more techniques.

The typical course is three 90-minute virtual sessions that includes ADA (Ask Dave Anything) time so your team can be assured that they will get their questions on virtual and hybrid presenting answered. If you want to incorporate training on how to create more effective visual slides, I can create a customized program combining content from my effective presentations training described here.

I am a recognized expert in virtual presenting

Your staff will be learning from an expert who has developed expertise at using virtual platforms to communicate. I have authored or co-authored ten books on effective presentations. I am one of fewer than ten people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional Award for my contributions to the PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams communities. My articles and videos on virtual presenting have been viewed over 1.2 million times and liked over 12,000 times on YouTube. My thoughts and ideas have appeared in publications all over the world. I was invited to be one of the first expert contributors to the Microsoft Office Creators video program that supplies videos to PowerPoint and Excel users through the Help function in the program. I’ve been teaching business professionals how to effectively communicate for over 22 years and I can help your team deliver more effective virtual and hybrid presentations.

Call or email today to get started

You know that your team needs to improve their virtual and hybrid presentations to executives, clients, and prospects. You can build their skills with a focused, practical training course. Email me or call me today at 905-510-4911 (Eastern time zone) so we can start discussing how to customize the session for your group.