In How to moderate a webinar like a pro (part 1), I talked about pre-event preparation; in this post, I’m going to give some tips for what to do once you are live and in front of an audience.
Lights, camera, action
If you are joining the webinar from home, make sure you have sufficient lighting so that people can see you properly. Sitting with your back towards a bright light or window will throw a shadow over your face.
Position your camera so you can look directly at it; it looks more professional and is more engaging for the audience if you are looking directly at them from the screen.
If you have a standing desk, then moderate standing up as this will give your voice a bit more energy.
Dealing with nerves
It can be nerve-wracking speaking in public – even if it’s a webinar and you can’t see your audience.
Your heart starts racing, your hands might shake and, if you are like me, you talk faster.
Remember to breathe and consciously slow down your speech a little. It not only has a calming effect, but it gives you a bit more thinking time. It can help you feel more in control.
And if you appear calm and in control, it will help the panellists feel calm.
Set the scene
As a moderator, you run the ship; you are guiding the panellists and audience through the discussion.Continue reading “How to moderate a webinar like a pro (part 2)”