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Presenting Remotely: Sink or swim

So that’s it.

We’re going to be working from home for some time to come.

So to get ahead in business, we need to master an art.

The art of presenting remotely.

Presenting Remotely: Sink or swim

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Most people were thrown into it and had to sink or swim.

We saw some sinking.

Unsure where to look on their laptop.

Presenting in front of an unmade bed.

Or with children or dogs – sometimes both – being chased in the background.

But a few simple steps can help you present professionally.

As if you were round the boardroom table or face to face with a major client.

You need to:

Be seen.

Be heard.

And Be understood.

Presenting Remotely: Be seen

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It’s important to find a strong internet connection to ensure continuity of picture.

If you can, use ethernet rather than wifi.

(You can read more here about asserting yourself to your children who’d rather be using your bandwidth for the PS4).

Next arrange the background – removing clutter.

Now balance light coming through a window – with electric light, so you’re evenly lit on both sides.

Dress appropriately for the meeting.

And look straight into the camera lens, as that’s where your audience is.

Presenting Remotely: Be heard

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Most importantly – speak slowly.

Newsreaders speak at three words a second.

So should you.

That will let the audience absorb what you’re saying and let you hit the key points with the right tone.

Keep the volume and energy level high to make sure every single word is heard.

Presenting Remotely: Be understood

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The same principles apply online as in any face to face presentation.

Get to the point straight away by working out what you’re audience needs to hear.

And which messages will make that point.

So you can put them in the right order.

(Here’s more on that).

Finish with a clear call to action.

Keep the language positive.

Turn jargon into pictures – especially with examples.

Be committed in what you say, rather than woolly and vague.

And be direct in answering questions.

Presenting Remotely: sync and swim

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Now that’s a lot to take in – but help is at hand.

We’ve been busy while prevented from running courses at our Glasgow-based studios and around the world.

We’ve turned everything we know into Masterclasses.

And today we proudly launch Presenting Remotely.

For just £99, we’ll explain in depth how to make these tips great habits that can help you:

  • Secure a promotion;
  • Win a contract;
  • Attract support to your charity;
  • Or keep your clients informed and onside.

To preview the course, click here.

Look forward to seeing you….hearing you…and understanding you.

In just as much clarity as face-to-face.


Bill McFarlan is Executive Chairman of Pink Elephant Communications in Glasgow.

You can read his full profile here.


Presenting Remotely blog written by Bill McFarlan.

Presenting Remotely blog edited by Andrew McFarlan.

Photos in Presenting Remotely: Sync or Swim blog via Unsplash, including

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