Tips for making remote presentations

Boris Gorelik is a data scientist who writes a blog full of practically oriented and thought-provoking content. Some of it focuses on data science; some of it focuses on technical or scientific communication more generally. This post struck me as particularly helpful – I do like it when people draw on their own experience and attend to the nitty-gritty!

Boris Gorelik

Before becoming a freelancer data scientist, I used to work in a distributed company. Remote communication, including remote presentations were the norm for me, long before the remote work experiment no one asked for. In this post, I share some tips for delivering better presentations remotely.

Me presenting in front of the computer

  • Stand up! Usually, we stand up when we present in front of live audience. For some reason, when presenting remotely, people tend to sit. A sitting person is less dynamic and looks less engaging. I have a standing desk which allows me to stand up and to raise the camera to my face level.
  • If you can’t raise the camera, stay sitting. You don’t want your audience staring at your groin.
  • I always use a presentation remote control. It frees me up and lets me move more naturally. My remote is almost ten years old and I have a strong emotional attachment to…

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