Avoiding death by voiceover PowerPoint

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11 Tips to Help Advance Your Online Live Training

  1. Think about using your LMS to store delegate names and creating a training path for them. This path would include many other resources which are part of the journey rather than extras. This will allow you to accompany the live delivery with some pre-recorded videos or Audios
  2. Remind learners before the training of the up-and-coming course. Not only is this good practice, but it also allows you to explain how it’s going to work and possibly be different to what they’ve experienced before. Record a brief video clip of you using your phone to explain the benefits.
  3. Create your flight checklist to use before every workshop so you don’t forget anything. 737 pilots don’t forget anything; I wonder why?
  4. Don’t let things CRAMP your style. Cramp is an acronym for introducing the session—contingency plans, responsibilities, agenda, motivation and how to Pin people.
  5. Offer a Zoom Zone or Teams Scape MOT to anyone who is attending. 15 minutes online to make sure they’re camera-ready and pivoting towards involvement
  6. Breakouts are great features. Use them wisely, ideally to help the learners discuss how they will implement a particular technique or concept. Make sure you swing by and enter each room rather than using it as a break. Allow them to share their whiteboards and use this to collect ideas which they can use to present back to the main group.
  7. Switch off your self-image when you’re presenting, not to be distracted, and allow your full attention to focus on them in gallery mode. Make sure your primary monitor is behind your camera, so you maintain eye contact. After all, you would never have a large mirror in an actual training room, would you?
  8. Stand up and face the camera more, don’t hide behind slides. Place your whiteboard or flipchart alongside you on the key camera or use a picture in picture software to place your slides alongside you. Remember, you are the central figure, not the slides.
  9. When presenting, use your gestures since you’ll be filming from the waist upwards. Gestures allow you to be human and communicate better, but don’t be a windmill.
  10. Consider the three elements of body language when on camera. Facial expressions (your delegates are all in the front seat now so that you will see every expression), movement (including gestures) and posture.
  11. Consider a switcher so you can effortlessly switch the camera and view without too much fuss and I have several camera views which I can change using my Elgato:
    1. Zoom Zone with an appropriate background for chatting, discussing and telling stories
    2. Slides in full-screen mode
    3. Slides in picture in picture mode showing me alongside my slides
    4. Me with a close-up of the whiteboard to describe critical concepts
    5. Wide view of me presenting alongside whiteboard, this picks up an extensive view of it all, almost like a delegate might see if they were sitting around tables in an old-fashioned training room (remember those!)
    6. Gallery view of every delegate in “Brady Bunch” style – google Brady Bunch if you’ve never seen the opening of this show.
    7. Role-play image of two or more delegates only where I spotlight only those playing

I can switch these views within seconds, and it allows you to appear like a BBC Newsreader. In real life, that’s what delegates would have been used to, not a voice-over PowerPoint all day

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Paul Archer is an Online Sales Trainer, Speaker and Conference Host. He’d be happy to assist you in moving your workshops online during this challenging period. Email him on paul@paularcher.com or LinkIn with him at www.paularcher.uk The world of sales development has changed, many have missed this and boldly go on to run courses in the old-fashioned way. You want to develop your people – professional advisers, salespeople, coaches - and know there is a better way. He can help you. Think about music. I mean the music industry. In 2000 music became free, illegally at first with Napster, downloads became cheap as chips and streaming now cost $10 a month. In the same way, traditional self-development is now free. Everything is available online. Music artists and bands now make their money performing live. The live experience is what fans will pay money for. Recorded music is merely to create demand for the live experience. He brings his 35+ years of sales expertise and experience to you in two ways: Online, on-demand, just in time. He doesn’t run “just in case” training courses, they’re a thing of the past. Development should be “just in time”. Curated video, live videocasts and webinars, podcasts — books, articles and blog posts delivered via his Learning Platforms, YouTube or your in-house systems. Live. He can bring his expertise to your teams in live sessions, but these are rare now and need to be exceptional events. Conferences, seminars and events, he can educate, entertain them with my unique speaking style that has been enjoyed by thousands of sale people and advisers across the globe. Forty-five minutes, 2 hours, maybe a day – you choose. You figured there was a better way to develop your sales teams, you are right, and now you may want to make contact with him so you can talk further. You can Linkin with him at www.paularcher.uk, and he’ll start a conversation or head to his YouTube Channel for more at www.paularcher.tv email him at paul@paularcher.com or phone him on +44 7702 341769, and where ever you are in the world he’d love to hear from you. Paul is a prolific writer and blogger – maintaining three blogs, with www.paularcher.com attracting thousands of hits from all over the world. He has published eight books. His latest tome "Pocketbook of Presentation Skills” was released in January 2020 and is available from Amazon. The third edition of his book “Train the Trainer of the 21st Century” is also available from Amazon.

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