Have you ever had to give online presentations? Online presentations are presentations that are delivered virtually, where the presenter and the audience are connected via the web or a presentation that is available online for anyone to access at any point of time. SlideRocket devised the 8 Principles of Online Presentations which gives a good introduction to what Online Presentations should be.
A LinkedIn group discussed an important point – the difference between online and offline presentations. The discussion revealed that online presentations require much more work on the presenter’s part, as there is a lesser degree of interaction with your audience; the presentation has to be extremely interesting and interactive to maintain the audience’s attention. Also there is a gap in the feedback that the presenter gets. However, a great way to make your presentation a success is to promote interaction from the group (via voice chat, group chat etc). Make your presentation a little informal; ask questions during the course of the presentation, make a joke, and maintain a constant energy level. If you are using pre-existing slides for your presentation, make sure you adapt the slides for the online version (for example, number of slides, visual components of the slides etc.).
There are many online tools that can be used for deliver or store presentations online. Tools like GoToMeeting and Cisco Webex help you make a very interactive live presentation. Websites such as SlideShare, Authorstream and Scribd help you store and distribute your presentations online. For more tools that help in online presentations, check out this list from Mashable.