Have you ever wondered if your webcast attendees are actually watching your presentation or if you’re just speaking into the ether? Whether attending from home or an office, people are busy and have a million distractions. So how do you keep them engaged and away from their inbox or wandering down the hall to get a piece of birthday cake from the break room? Here are 4 effective ways to keep your remote audience engaged:

1. Know the Technology

Nothing will lose an audience faster than a presenter who doesn’t know how to advance a slide, can’t get a demo to launch, or plays a video that works for them but doesn’t play for the attendees. You may be the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the subject you’re presenting but not knowing the platform you’re presenting on will kill your credibility and frustrate your audience. Schedule a dry run a week before your event to get familiar with the technology and make sure your content is working properly in the virtual environment.

2. Make Use of Engagement Tools

There are a wide variety of engagement tools available that vary depending on which webcast platform you use. Tools like hand-raising, polls, white boards, chat, Q&A, and social media integration will help make your presentation interactive and encourage audience participation. They can also help gauge understanding and determine what topics your attendees want to focus on. Spend some extra time familiarizing yourself with the engagement tools available and plan to integrate at least one in your presentation.

3. Use Your Voice Effectively

The most prominent feature of any webcast is the presenter’s voice. A boring, monotone voice will quickly lose your attendee’s interest. You can make almost any content seem interesting by using the power of rate, tone, and pitch effectively.

  • Rate – This is the speed you are speaking at. Maintain a steady speed while you’re speaking and slow down on a key point for emphasis.

  • Tone – This is the volume of your voice. Changing your tone both a little louder and softer can keep attendee’s attention throughout your webcast.

  • Pitch – This is how high or low you are speaking. Speaking in a high pitch shows happiness or excitement. Speaking in a low pitch communicates seriousness.

Successful speakers vary these tactics throughout their presentation, creating the feeling of being on a roller coaster ride to keep attendees engaged.

4. Keep Content Visually Pleasing

Use charts, graphs, pictures, and video to make your content interesting to visual learners. Stay away from slides that are too busy and contain too much text. If your content won’t fit on a slide consider making use of the handouts feature or make documents available for download.

Employing these 4 tips will help keep your remote audience interested in what you have to say and limit the temptation of their daily distractions during the webcast. If you need help managing the technical aspects of your webcast so you can focus on your message and delivery Worktank can help! Contact us at 1.877.975.8265 to discuss how our webcast management expertize can help you steer clear of webcast blunders and maximize your ROI.

Adam Adam

Adam Eggleston

Adam began his career in virtual events as a webcast producer where he managed and produced hundreds of events over four years. He transitioned into business development where he now helps organizations plan and develop virtual events solutions to meet their goals.