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Remote Presentation Skills: Audience Awareness

Pay attention to your audience.

Brandt Johnson

Listeners’ minds can wander during meetings. This is especially true during videoconferences when people are sitting alone in empty rooms staring at their computer screens. When you are not in the room to provide your in-person dynamism, it’s much more difficult for you to keep your audience engaged.

To keep their attention, focus on what they want and need and why, not just on what you are trying to accomplish. Begin this focus in your preparation and maintain it straight through your online interaction. People get tired of back to back to back videoconferences. Always keep your audience’s perspective in mind.

Make good use of your audience's time; they don’t have enough of it.