For German companies, the spread of the coronavirus is an incalculable risk to business development. But panic will certainly not solve any of the problems that arise. Rather use this time wisely and make a virtue out of necessity. Have your presentations revised or take advantage of the benefits offered by modern online presentations.
A virus is about to paralyze public life in the country. Currently, events of all kinds are canceled. Team meetings are now only held virtually and many employees are sent to the home office. Customer contacts are thus made more difficult and business is somewhat quieter. Take advantage of the time you have now and work with us on your presentations.
Are you now also in the home office? Then you may have time to have your presentation revised – we’ll be happy to do that online.
Especially when customers now postpone or cancel projects due to the corona virus, you can use the resulting free space to tackle issues for which there was too little time in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day business. Are your sales presentations up to snuff? Often the slides are created under time pressure and then show some weaknesses. Are your messages really presented convincingly? Is the design really still up to date? We will be happy to do a quick check for you and work out suggestions for improvement. We can handle this completely online for you. For example, we use the modern meeting platform “Zoom” to conveniently conduct briefing discussions with you without having to visit you. The only thing contagious about this will be our new design for you. With this we will inspire you and also your customers.
With online presentations, you can reach your audience from the office.
If you want to give a presentation despite the Corona crisis, today there are the necessary technical options to connect with your audience online. Again, there are several platforms, such as the aforementioned “Zoom,” that you can use to invite your target audience to an online presentation. The audience can hear you and see your presentation at the same time. However, there are a few differences from a live presentation that you should keep in mind.
1. Prepare in detail for the specific requirements of the chosen medium.
With online presentations, you can’t see the audience’s reactions. It is difficult for you to determine whether your remarks are received. Customers viewing an online presentation can also be quickly, distracted by phone calls, incoming emails, etc. Therefore, the selected time should be carefully planned.
2. concentrate on a few important topics
Do not make your presentation unnecessarily long. Online presentations are usually connected to your audience’s workflow. Before and after, other appointments demand the attention of the participants. Therefore: few, but clear messages that are easy to remember.
3. use the online tools
Most of the time, online platform operators provide some tools that you can use during your online presentation. Viewers can ask questions online in chats and you can specifically follow up to see if there is interest in more information on this or that topic. You can sometimes also have a vote on which topic should still be discussed.
4. pictures and videos as emotion amplifiers
Since your audience can’t see you all the time without interruption, you should consider how to create desired emotions at the appropriate point. In addition to storytelling, you can work particularly well here with images, animations or videos to attract and hold attention.
5. speak as if you were standing directly in front of your audience
An online presentation should not tempt you to fade into the background and just be the voice from the “off”. On the contrary, you need to pack as much presence as possible into your online presentation. Pretend your participants are sitting right in front of you. So speak freely and feel free to use your hands while doing so. The audience can’t necessarily see that, but they can feel your liveliness. Body language influences your voice pitch and enhances your persuasive power. If you act only as a “talking machine”, the participants will not follow you after a few minutes.
As you can see, as annoying as the current situation is for all of us at the moment, there are always additional opportunities for our own business. You can take your presentations to a new level of quality with the help of a good presentation agency. Or use new technologies for yourself to improve customer contact and your online business. We are happy to help you with advice and completely virus-free.
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Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Informatiker Matthias Garten as the expert for multimedia presentations and professional PowerPoint presentations knows about the art of professional slide design. He is an entrepreneur, speaker (TOP 100 Speaker), trainer (TOP 100 Excellence Trainer), multiple book author, presentation coach (presentation training), member of the GSA and Club 55, organizer of the Presentation Conference, Presentation Bootcamp and Presentation Rocket Day. In addition to PowerPoint and presentation training, he inspires and advises companies to present themselves even more effectively and thus stand out from competitors. He is the business owner of the presentation and PowerPoint agency smavicon Best Business Presentations and with his team has created over 10,000 professional PowerPoint presentations for over 150 industries since 1993.