(For the live blogging info look below the AG08 synopsis)
Frank Gartland at LinkedIn
(AG08 synopsis): A primary challenge of any virtual event is successfully engaging the audience. Even skilled presenters often encounter challenges when bringing their presentations to a virtual environment. From getting the audience's attention at the start, to keeping them focused and engaged, to motivating them to participate – all are challenges for any on-line presenter. Anyone who has presented virtually understands the pressures and challenges inherent to this type of content delivery.
This session will provide practical advice and best practices on how to win the attention of a virtual audience and keep them engaged. Session participants will learn easy-to-implement techniques that will keep their audiences out of e-mail, and focused on the objectives of the event. These techniques will enable participants to focus on their day-to-day activities by providing them pragmatic and easy-to-apply approaches to leading successful virtual events.
Live from room Palm 4 at Hilton, Orlando, Florida
(My comments will be in Italic)
Frank likes to clap hands and he gets some questions at the beginning of the presentation (he is focusing on virtual classroom training) and uses bulleted ppt (not published yet, so I cannot link to it yet, but that is why I have bullet lists below based on the ppt).
techniques to focus your audience
- be clear and concise
- "grab your mouse"
- walk them through every step
use the participation meter to gauge interest
use features to engage
- hand raise
- pass the floor
- Q&A session
- use video do not over use video
(agreeing - specifically the open floor, you learn a lot from others no matter what age or background if you give them the floor. It makes them think about what they are saying, makes them build arguments through discussion, gives them experience in speaking to a group)
- Don't use one tool or one feature tool over and over
- mix it up
Common challenges / motivation (what the people say)
- "our sessions are pretty long and people get tired"
- "we don't have enough attendees to get creative"
- "our audience might be too technical for this"
- "it seems people drop off before we're finished"
- know your audience, but take risks
- try a contest...! try an open discussion
- Ensure content is relevant and real-world
- use the whiteboard for live brainstorming session
- let students have shot at stumping you
Discussion in the room (20 minutes left) quickly jotted down
give the learners feedback on how to mute their mic if they use open speakers.
depending on the pace put in some breaks in (10 minutes if you have a 3 hour session - max session 4 hours) a timer to let the participants know when to get back.
humour is content and culture related.
how to deal with people that follow an advanced course but did not follow the introduction class: depends on your learning model how you want to treat that person.
Frank did use the strategies that he mentioned (open floor, q&a ...) so virtual (as long as it is simultaneous learning) = face-2-face best practices in learning (mmm, that reminds me that I have a workshop with advanced teacher tactics coming up in May, jeej)
Any tips you have... add them!