20 minutes | Oct 28th 2020

Virtual Meeting Visual Aids-How They Differ from Other Meetings

Visual Aid Examples for Virtual Meetings.

Your PowerPoint Slides Should Have More Images and Action than a Typical Slideshow.

People tend to have a shorter attention span on virtual meetings. Because of this, I tend to use more images and change them more frequently. This causes the audience to be engaged more.

For instance, when I am presenting in person, my slide might have three key bullet points and a single image. However, if I deliver a similar presentation through a Zoom meeting or webinar, I will likely use three images -- one for each piece of text. In addition, I will often hide my bullets or text until the image appears.

Some of you may be wondering, "Why not use multiple images in the in-person meeting as well?" Well, you could do that. However, when you are in the same room with your audience, you can use your voice, gestures, and movement to keep the audience engaged. These tools are way more powerful than the visual aids, so if you are in the same room, use your gestures and voice.

No need to overdo it, by the way. The key is to add some movement every one or two minutes. If you watch a good YouTube video, the producer will use slight zooms in and out and change video angles. They do this to keep the viewer engaged.

If you are using a single webcam for your online meetings, though, you lose a lot of your tools. So adding additional images and visual aids can make up for some of this loss.

Videos or Animations without Sound Can Make Very Interactive Visual Aids.

PowerPoint and Prezi both have great animations that you can use as one of these "eye-catching" movements. So, instead of changing or adding images, you can make the images bigger as you reference them. Or, you can move them slightly or "shake" them up as you reference them. Prezi's original "zoom" function is great for this.

However, recently, Prezi has created an entirely new platform called Prezi Video that is pretty cool. Basically, the slideshow or visuals are integrated into the speaker's screen. So instead of sharing your screen and showing a slideshow, the visual aids appear to the side of the speaker.

For full show notes, click here: Virtual Meeting Visual Aid Examples


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