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So often in a face-to-face presentation we don’t feel connected. That experience may also be encountered virtually. In fact, when we’re in a virtual world, there is an even higher chance of feeling disjointed, confused, disconnected, or passive. None of these is optimal for the speaker, facilitator, or guest…so let’s change it right now!
If you’re the leader of the group (speaker, facilitator, moderator, panelist) think of yourself as an anchor for your listeners or audience. Ask yourself these questions:
- Have you researched your target listeners (e.g. age range, gender ratio, work title, professional experience)?
- Do you know what your audience needs and expects from you during this presentation?
- Why have you been selected to address this group?
- Panelist, have you looked into key aspects of your co-panelists so you understand what is unique about them?
- Moderator or facilitator, have you arranged time for the panelists to get introduced and interact with one another before they’re in front of the audience?
- Panelist, are you building on what your co-panelists are saying before making your point?
- Moderator, have you given consideration to the sequence of topics so they make sense and are relevant to the audience?
- Panelists, are you prepared to offer a distinctly different perspective from another panelist and debate when necessary?
- Moderator, are you keeping track of the time so the program starts and ends on schedule?
- Moderator, how will you build in engagement for attendees to keep them interested?
In order to ensure all attendees derive benefit, think about being an anchor. When you do, you stand a far greater chance of creating a meaningful experience that will inspire others and get them talking about what they encountered. We’re all seeking a professional anchor so here’s an opportunity for you.
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