With these 10 tips, you can learn to be a great presenter to your live cohort based learning community and to present in a way that is professional, authoritative but also fun, engaging and inspirational.
1. Get Your Environment Ready
The space or environment in which you present your live online learning class should be well lit, comfortable, and clean. Fun props, teaching and engagement tools or other staging that helps build the sense of being warmly together or that sets the tone for the type of material that will be discussed are all efforts that will be appreciated by your learners. Some presenters like a white wall behind them. Others prefer a more office-like background. You can also use or create a background on Canva.
2. Do a Sound Test
Well before your live class starts, do a proper sound check and then do this before every class. It’s a small step that will completely change how your community experiences the class.
Other sound tips include using headphones with a mic (so you can be heard clearly), muting your mic when not speaking, and asking students to do the same.
3. Use Body Language
Body language helps convey meaning and keeps your students engaged. However, since you are not there with them, you should ensure any gestures are appropriate and in line of sight of the camera.
4. Raise Your Energy Level
Be intentional about the energy with which you present yourself. Low energy will negatively impact your students. If you have the appropriate level of high energy, this will transfer to your learning community and increase the effectiveness of your class.
Easy ways to raise your energy include: genuinely smiling, wearing a favorite outfit and looking straight into the camera.
5. Watch Your Voice
Deliberately vary your pace, tone, and pitch. Pause often and speak with the appropriate volume for what you are presenting.
6. Use Various Media Types
Instead of just relying on PowerPoint presentations and a voice-over incorporate infographics, videos, website pages, and other visuals to enhance your course content. Also mix it up - add a Q&A section at the end or even in the middle of your course (especially for longer sessions).
7. Practice, Practice, Practice
You can practice presenting your class by using a mirror or video camera or recording a mock lesson on Zoom . Analyze the recordings to see where you need to adjust pitch, use fewer hand gestures, etc.
8. Prep Your Live Cohort Class
Go over your presentation a few hours before the class starts and have all of your instruction material ready. There might be last-minute tech problems, but being as prepared as possible reduces panic and increases the experience for your learners.
9. Read Your Students
Reading your virtual classroom helps you better connect with your students. Find that one friendly face on the screen and focus on them. Present your lesson as if you are only presenting to them. You will feel more comfortable, and so, present better.
10. Stick to the Class Time
If your virtual learning class is scheduled to be an hour long, stick to that. It helps you to stay focused and not go off on any tangents and shows an important commitment to the community joining you.