Ken Molay is president and founder of Webinar Success, a consulting firm that assists companies in producing and delivering effective and compelling web seminars. Ken combines a technical background with experience in corporate marketing and public presentations. He is a prolific blogger on the subject of web conferencing and its applications and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and industry publications. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of more effective webinars.
In this conversation, Ken talks about his session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.
Geetesh: You are doing a session at the Presentation Summit this year called Planning for Remote Presentation. Can you give us a behind-the-scenes description of your session, and also tell more about how this session will benefit attendees?
Ken: The Summit always features lots of great tips on content creation and presentation technique. But the focus is usually on presentation to an audience with you in a room. I thought it would be valuable to look at how techniques need to change when presenting to people watching or listening in remote locations.
As I say that, you’re probably thinking about one particular type of presentation… For instance, a webinar to people logged in on individual computers. But in my “behind the scenes” preparation, I’m trying to open up the discussion to cover a wider range of situations. For instance, presenting on a telephone conference call. Or presenting to people gathered together in a room. What do you do differently when appearing on camera? (You can get a few advanced tips about webcam considerations in my video below).
Some key tips for coming across effectively on camera.
There are so many things that can be challenging if you aren’t prepared… How do you adjust your audience interaction techniques for the different venues? What needs to change in the way you plan your content design and presentation flow when presenting to remote attendees?
I also plan to discuss differences in implementation and operation between various web conferencing, webinar, and webcast technologies. If you don’t know what to look out for and test ahead of time, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble by expecting one product to work like some other one you are already familiar with.
Attendees should benefit by getting an expanded view of what constitutes “the right way to present.” They’ll discover the hidden traps that can undermine even a seasoned presenter. They’ll know what questions to ask about the technology they will use for their next remote presentation and what they need to test ahead of time to ensure a smooth and professional experience.
Geetesh: There is a certain challenge about explaining remote presentations in a live session. How do you plan to turn this challenge into an advantage?
Ken: I asked Summit organizer Rick Altman if I could present my session remotely. So I won’t just be talking the talk, I’ll be walking the walk! Attendees will see me presenting via web conference to the room. They’ll get practical examples of how I integrate interaction techniques (both technology-based and physical). And they’ll experience exactly what the process is like for their own remote attendees.
If Summit attendees haven’t had to give a presentation to a remote audience yet, chances are good that they soon will! If they create and design presentations, this will be a great opportunity to solidify what design practices carry over unchanged and what needs special consideration for use in a webinar or webcast setting.
I think it will be a nice change of pace as a conference session and will offer a fun perspective on the wider concept of presenting in different contexts. I’m looking forward to the challenge and to making this a practical learning experience with tangible takeaways.
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What is the Presentation Summit?
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: September 24 to 27, 2017
Location: The Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, United States
Twitter Hashtag: Presum17