Online presentations - some guidance
Even those participants who may have long experience of presenting their research in conferences may be new to the online presentation mode. Here are some of our suggestions for how to ensure your presentation runs as smoothly as it can.
Prepare your presentation in advance, and if you plan to use slides ensure that your chosen format works in Zoom. Make a lighter version of your presentation, with lower resolution images and using PDF format, in case of bad connectivity on the day.
Ensure you have the Zoom app downloaded on your computer (presenting from a mobile device or tablet is not recommended). Pick a bright spot with a neutral background for your presentation – ensure that your face will be clearly visible. Practice your presentation (with extra points for looking into the camera!).
On the day of the presentation, test your microphone and camera, check your internet connection and the battery of anything that needs it (laptop, mouse etc), and pick an outfit that will contrast with your background. Log into your panel’s Zoom 15 minutes before the start. It can be good to have your contact details (name, email, twitter handle, links) ready to be pasted into the chatbox, but for sharing any files you’ll need to use Teams. Keep a notebook handy (paper might be easier than digital here) to note any comments on your work from other panelists and participants. The chat can’t be saved.