This Wednesday I’ll be presenting for the South West Florida SQL Server User Group virtually ( 🙁 – sad face cause I’d love to be live and in person in Florida right about now).
http://swflorida.sqlpass.org/ – SWFSSUG
Doing virtual presentations add a bit of a “weird” dynamic as you can’t see the faces in the room and get a read/feel for things like:
- Is anyone lost?
- Am I going too slow/fast?
- Is anyone asleep? 🙂
Here are some of the things that I try and do to help make virtual presentations run smoothly:
- Use good equipment (high speed internet, good lighting, professional microphone, HD camera)
- Clear all distractions (no Twitter, phone, dogs, family, etc)
- Periodically ask if there are any questions/concerns/too fast/too slow
- Print the slide deck w/notes on hand
- If you’re making video of yourself available try to appear as you would of you were presenting live (no housecoats and boxer shorts)
I guess this list really can be used for both physical and virtual presentations but I think the focus on making sure these things do not become a distraction are that much more important when you don’t have a “warm body” in the room with the session attendees.
If you have any additions to the list please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to update the post!
If you’d like to chat with me about this or anything else (SQL or other) please leave a comment or hit me up on my Twitter: @ColinStasiuk