Being able to deliver a killer pitch is a big difference maker in the business world. Whether you’re trying pitch new creative ideas to your partners or hoping to land more investors, your abilities as a presenter are integral to the continued development of your business.
But here we are in 2020, where delivering a pitch has become a completely different ball game. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced so many businesses to start working remotely, essentially erasing any chance of having face-to-face meetings. The “normal” pitch setting these days has moved from boardrooms into our living rooms. It’s a circumstance we have little control over but must adapt to in order to keep things running smoothly.
While the situation may be challenging, there are ways to keeping your pitch as effective as ever even as you deliver it virtually. In this article, we’ll tackle some of the best methods of delivering presentations from your home.
Dress for Business
Appearances go a long way in pitches. But just because you’re working form home, it does not mean you can take your looks lightly. When it comes time for the big pitch, pick an outfit that you’d wear as if you were delivering the presentation in person. This speaks volumes about your sense of professionalism.
The next step, however, is something plenty of people still overlook. In video call settings, remember to always tidy up your background. It does not necessarily need to be a blank space behind you, it just needs to look clean and professional. Find a good spot in your home that looks simple and uncluttered. The last thing you want is your audience being distracted by whatever is going on behind you, whether it be a fancy looking painting or children’s toys sprawled all over the floor.
Then a game changer to making your video feed pop is good lighting. It will help make your feed look crisp, thus naturally attracting more attention. Even if you may not be onscreen yourself for very long, making good first and last impressions are essential to landing a successful pitch.
Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse
Preparations are more important than ever in virtual settings. While many apps and services have adapted to make presenting online easier, there are still a lot variables that can go wrong at any moment. Whether its your mic going on the fritz or your internet connection is getting spotty, these are things you need to be prepared for just in case they happen at the worst possible time. test your set up several times beforehand to make sure everything is works as it should be.
And on top of all that tech prep work, there’s still the act of delivering the presentation that you need to prepare for. Keep in mind, your voice comes off differently through a mic. Use your tests to see if your delivery comes off clearly given the equipment you have to work with. Much like delivering pitches in person, making these run throughs will help you iron out all the kinks beforehand.
Actively Engage Your Audience
Audience attention span is your biggest enemy in online presentations. You may be able to control everything within your environment, but you can do very little about what your audience has around them. It’s best to assume that your audience is prone to be distracted by one thing another. It rests on your ability as a presenter to keep engaging your audience throughout the presentation. Do to this, you can actively raise questions towards your audience throughout the presentation. These will help develop a more conversational tone to you pitch and help keep your audience focused on the discussion.
Picking up body language cues is much harder to do online, as there is a tangible barrier between you and your audience. But it can still be done, you just need to be on the lookout for different cues. Take note if their attention is drifting to something off screen often. Take that as a cue to pull them into conversation, as it seems like their attention is wandering off to something else. This will help you keep things on track while also assisting your audience in properly internalizing everything that’s been talked about so far.
SlideGenius is Your Presentation Expert
As a start-up presentation design company since 2012, we’ve created almost every kind of presentation you can imagine. We’re a worldwide team, with four difference offices spread across the US and Philippines. Meaning, we’re also experts on working “remotely” for close to a decade now. These barriers have become normal for us, but we’ve always learned to adapt and overcome. What pulls us together is our shared passion for helping our clients succeed. From our artists, writers, web developers, animators, and project managers, we utilize our expertise in presentation design to spark invaluable growth.
At SlideGenius, we are eager to be a valuable partner to all who needs our services during this challenging time. Contact us today for all your presentation needs!
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