Do It Like a Pro: Tips for Effective Web Conferencing

Web Conferencing

Web conferences have been a savior to many businesses, as they are cost effective and very convenient. The plus factors of web conferencing makes it the preferred way of conducting meetings, but certain measures should be followed to ensure the desired goals are achieved. Here are a few tips that will help you to organize and execute an effective meeting via web conference.

1. Use an Assistant

A one man led meeting can become boring and monotonous. Get an assistant to help with the introduction of speakers, and to lead the question and answer (Q&A) sessions. This is an effective way to streamline the flow of activities during the conference. It also serves to maintain the focus of the participants, as it breaks up the monotony of having to endure the presentation style of a single speaker.

2. Rehearse and get to Know your Material

People are easily bored and lose interest when a presenter resorts to constantly reading his or her presentation. Knowing your material allows for a more natural and engaging presentation. Whether or not the participants can see you, the mode/tone of your delivery will convey to them whether or not you are reading. Use outlines to assist with presentations, especially if you think there are things you may forget to cover, and when there is a sizeable amount of material to get through. The outline can also be used to indicate allotted time for each aspect of the presentation. Stick to the time allotted to ensure the conference session remains on track.

3. Mute your Phone After Speaking

It is best to mute your phone as soon as you finish speaking. This will prevent you from interfering with the meeting in any way if you chose to do some typing. Cellphones, especially smartphones, are a source of distraction as are your IM messengers. Turn off cellphones and set IM status to busy during the meeting.

4. Avoid Duplicating your Presentation Material

Speech and Visuals

In cases where PowerPoint is the mode of presentation, the visual material should not be duplicated by your speech. If you place all the information on the slides, the participants can read it all for themselves and will not need you reading it back to them. When using PowerPoint, limit the text you place on the slides to just a few bullet points, then use the rest of information as your speech and to expand on the bulleted points.

5. Use Full Feature Web Meeting Software

Conference meetings are many times affected when participants are unable to identify who is speaking. Full featured web meeting software include voice activated microphones that highlight the name of the speaker. If the software being used does not includes the voice activated microphone, ask the individual speaking to identify themselves. It is a good idea to have all participants do an introduction at the start of the meeting as a part of a familiarization process. This way, everyone will be able to make some connection between the voice and the speaker.