When hosting webinars and meetings, it's easy to lack emphasis and rhythm. This impacts the end-goal of your presentation: passing a message.
Getting your audience hooked to your presentation while being as clear as possible can be harder online than in the real life. You will have to fight for their attention: after 30 min people's attention tends to drop.
Here are three rules to enhance your presentations:
- Create variations: content, speakers, layouts, transitions etc variations help create rhythm and maintain attention.
- Keep things simple, there's always a simpler way to present something. Maybe your sentence can be shorter, or maybe that screen sharing can use more context.
- Stay focused. Stay focused on your content. Don't worry about people disturbing you. Let your team handle them, and avoid all external distractions.
In order to achieve this, you will have to experiment with your content and setup. Today we will share with you some tools we like that can help you improve your webinar presentations.
Better screen-sharing during your webinar presentations
Mouseposé — Click effects
For: Mac OS only — $10
If you are on Mac, this one is a must-have. When turned on, Mouseposé dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer. Best $10 ever spent.
This is great for training sessions and product demos, extremely convenient to show a specific element in your interface. Mouseposé also enables you to show keystrokes (ideal for showing keyboard shortcuts) and click effects.
Muzzle — Mute notifications
For: Mac OS only — Free
Speaking of external disturbance, we're overwhelmed with desktop notifications all day. So, when you are hosting a webinar presentation, you want to avoid all of those distractions.
On Mac and Windows OS there are already built in features to mute your desktop notifications.
But you can also look at Muzzle. The beauty of Muzzle is that it turns on automatically as soon as you start screen sharing, and it works with Livestorm!
Plus, it's 100% free.
Clean — Clean that desktop
For: Mac OS only — Free
If you're like me, your desktop is probably your main computer folder, which means that it's probably filled with a few hundreds screenshots and random files.
Webinar presentations are like staging houses for sale, if there's too much "you" in the room, people won't be able to contextualize the demo for their use case. Removing the clutter of your desktop will definitely help.
On Mac, Clean does just that. In a single click, you can turn on and off the icons on your desktop. PC users may want to test Fences as an alternative.
Show a white board to your webinar attendees
Often presentation apps already have pointers and whiteboards. But you probably missed it.
In PowerPoint for example, if you go full screen with the slideshow mode, look for a pen icon at the bottom left of your screen. This is a pen tool to annotate on the slides you are showing. Now, if you have a white slide, you get a whiteboard. All you have to do is share your screen and share that whiteboard-powerpoint.
Note that this is also possible on Google Slides
There are TONS of whiteboard software on the Web. All you have to do is share your screen and show the board. Here are the best we have found:
Manage better your webinar video and audio
Loopback — Virtual microphones
For: Mac OS only — $100 (free trial)
There are many use cases where managing sound for a presentation can be tricky. Let's say you need to present a music app or video on your computer that contains sound. What happens is that the browser usually detects built-in or external microphones as their source for audio. Never the sound coming from the inside of your computer.
This is where Loopback comes in. Loopback enables you to manage and mix your different apps as source of sound and create "virtual microphones".
This means that you will be able to use as audio input:
- Spotify for audio transitions,
- Combine multiple USB microphones into one audio input,
- Skype or Aircall for guest dial-in presentations,
- Fake Customer interview using pre-recorded audio.
Manycam — Virtual webcams
For: Mac OS and Windows — Free and starts at $29 / year
Manycam, just like Loopback, enables you to virtualize devices. This means that you can use different sources as video inputs and combine them into one single video input compatible with browser, and therefore compatible with Livestorm.
With Manycam during your webinars, you will be able to:
- Manage multiple cameras with different setup for physical round tables,
- Use YouTube as a video source,
- Use web pages as video sources,
- Add overlays of text on top of your videos, webcam etc. for your live events,
- Play different media as a playlist for pre-recorded webinars,
There you have it. I hope those will help you bring more attention to your presentations, and eventually delight your webinar attendees!