CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN PRESENTING TO AN ONLINE AUDIENCE
A webinar presents you with a lot of advantages over conventional Powerpoint presentations. Nowadays, barriers of language and distance are not considered as a hindrance for effective communication. Technology took us one step further by taking advantage of advanced internet facilities. Applications like Skype, Facetime and Google Hangouts allow us to reach out to people miles apart without fussing about hefty travel costs.
However there are some challenges to watch out for when presenting to a virtual audience. Let’s check a few of them:
Taking Powerpoint online with internet as the medium of communication is prone to face technical difficulties at times. A weak internet connection, hardware malfunction, or even transmission errors could spoil your presentation in its entirety.
As audience can take part in an online presentation from anywhere around the globe, chances are that you cannot expect the same level of attention as you receive in a live seminar. People can tune in from home, office or even coffee shops and gets distracted very easily and these are beyond the control of the presenter.
Connecting with Audience
In a live Powerpoint presentation you can conduct interactive sessions and touch the audience on an emotional level. Connecting personally with a virtual audience is tougher than connecting with real people. This is because you do not get much chance to interact with a large audience through webinar, which you could while doing a live presentation. The larger the audience, you would be less likely to interact with them.
Difficult to Analyse
Due to the lack of connection with your audience during a webinar you may not be able to correctly gauge how your presentation is moving. Live audience interact, laugh and applaud for you or they can even show little interest which you could take as live feedback and act accordingly. This is not possible with a virtual audience.
Knowing Your Audience
Knowing to whom you are presenting is important in a Powerpoint presentation. Knowing it, you could prepare yourselves with appropriate content. While presenting to an audience spread across geographical zones you should be more sensitive to cultural, customary practices and language.
Knowing the challenges would definitely make us better prepared for an online presentation. The presentation is all about the audience and is very little about you. Audience whether real or virtual are the real life breath of a presentation. Keep them informed and entertained.