Course Outcomes

This presentation skills course for people who give virtual testimony will:

  • Suggest a formula for creating succinct and powerful messages.
  • Offer strategies for gaining the attention of a distracted audience.
  • Give concrete advice for creating a do-it-yourself set.
  • Explain the importance of headlines, soundbites, and echoes when presentations are limited to just a few minutes.

Course Overview

Transitioning a presentation from an in-person to a virtual environment can be an uphill battle for even the most experienced presenter. In addition to technical challenges, the general rhythm of a virtual presentation differs from its in-person counterpart, and it can take some time to learn the new dance.

Whether you deliver testimony from a home television studio or a truck on the edge of your farm, this online workshop will help you feel confident and in control of your content. The program is specifically designed for people who present to committees, governing entities, and other decision-making bodies.

Program Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how a virtual audience differs from one that is in person.
  • Discuss the importance of headline amplification in a virtual world.
  • Create and deliver a strong headline.
  • Design a set that complements the content.
  • Discuss best practices for using light and reducing distractions.
  • Anticipate technology problems before they happen.
  • Use body language to hold attention and amplify the message.
  • Review best practices for answering questions online.

Program Modules

  • Targeting Your Talk: What You Need to Know About a Virtual Audience
  • Amplifying Your Sound Bite: Headlines Matter More in a Virtual World
  • Looking Comfortable on Camera: Best Practices for Presenting Virtually
  • Maintaining Interest: What It Takes to Hold Attention
  • Answering Questions: Composed and Collected Responses

At the end of this session, participants should have the tools they need to give stronger virtual testimony and other short informative and persuasive presentations.