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7 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Webinar Presentations

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I enjoy highlighting common mistakes that people often commit during webinars so that they may improve their presentations.

A good orator is the one who can grab the curiosity, attention, and interest of the audience towards the presentation.

Creating an impressive impact on the audience is a skilled talent. Some people achieve it by undergoing certain pieces of training, and some do so by their in-built passion. Making the session interactive and interesting is completely dependent on the speaker's skills.

Sometimes the instructor is well educated, well trained, and experienced, but due to glossophobia (fear of public speaking), commits certain mistakes during the webinar presentation. But to reach the maximum audience, good presentation skills are also equally important.

Let us have a clear insight into the seven common mistakes to avoid during the webinar presentation.

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Giving a Webinar Presentation

  1. Poor Focus and Framing
  2. Using an Awful Background
  3. Using Inappropriate Contents and Visuals
  4. Distracting Manners
  5. Not Respecting the Audience and Their Time
  6. Avoiding Eye Contact
  7. Low Enthusiasm
A successful webinar requires practicing on the part of the presenter.

A successful webinar requires practicing on the part of the presenter.

1. Poor Focus and Framing

A high-resolution picture or video always attracts people more. But sometimes, due to the low resolution and other camera settings, the proper focus is lost.

Apart from the focus, it is absolutely essential to fit the area that we need to cover during the video presentation. Sometimes we see that the trainer is being framed at the corner of the screen or the orientation of the camera is not proper. A good digital coach should make sure that everything is set into the frame.

Proper focusing is essential.

Proper focusing is essential.

2. Using an Awful Background

A beautiful and professional background always creates a good impression on spectators. The trainer needs to give importance to the background.

In a few webinars, we have seen that the background will be too untidy by piling up unordered books or household items or hanging a heap of cloth and so on. In such an instance, the viewer's attention gets lost, and they start concentrating on the other objects behind or surrounding the trainer.

3. Using Inappropriate Contents and Visuals

A crisp and clear presentation always pleases the crowd. Unfortunately, the information or the visuals sometimes do not match the topic. Using complicated, lengthy, and boring visuals can distract the viewer.

The speaker has to concentrate on content and interesting visuals to keep the viewers engaged throughout the session.

4. Distracting Manners

Body language plays a vital role during communication. During the visual presentation, the viewer evaluates the behavior of the host.

Most of the time, more than the subject, communication skills and other physical mannerisms add a weightage to the session. Some speakers have the habit of placing their hands close to the mouth, shaking their legs, rotating the neck, or looking at the computer or books or somewhere else. Some even have the habit of eating chewing gum or mouth-fresheners while communicating.

These bad manners can create a negative opinion about the speaker.

Some distracting manners and habits include:

  • playing with one's hands or fingers
  • moving back and forth
  • playing with the seat by making the chair move up and down
  • jingling keys
  • biting one's nails
  • twiddling a pen or other object
  • scribbling something on a notepad
  • blinking one's eyes frequently
  • doing some warm-up exercises during the session
Respecting your audience's time is key to presenting a good webinar that will engage others.

Respecting your audience's time is key to presenting a good webinar that will engage others.

5. Not Respecting the Audience and Their Time

Yes, it is a very important aspect to know one's audience based on the mentality, opinions, or interests of the audience the orator has to interact with.

Sometimes it so happens that the tutor may keep expounding on some topic and not concentrating on the viewers or in their interests. Time is a precious gift that should be maintained properly. It’s the responsibility of the coach to respect the audience's time instead of giving a lengthy, boring lecture.

One-to-one eye contact creates a trust and a strong intimacy between the two individuals.

— -Sneha Bhat

6. Avoiding Eye Contact

Eyes can speak lots of unrevealed words. We have watched a few sessions where the speaker is busy reading the script or content and not looking at the audience. When people commit such mistakes, the curiosity of the audience is lost and their attention deviates.

When a speaker speaks while looking at the camera, it gives an illusion to the viewer that the speaker is looking at them and delivering a speech. So it creates a kind of alertness in the viewer.

7. Low Enthusiasm

A tremendous amount of positive energy and enthusiasm always creates a good impact on the crowd. A positive spark can ignite the whole world.

It is always bad to show oneself with depressed or moody or lazy expressions to others. As a mentor, it one's responsibility to run the show successfully with a great spark and influence on the crowd. This is irrespective of the mental status of a coach, and elements such as mood swings should not be expressed to the audience.

Quiz Time!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. 1. What kind of presentation can attract more?
    • open ended session
    • closed ended session
  2. 2. Can humor engage the audience?
    • Yes
    • No

Answer Key

  1. open ended session
  2. Yes

Record Yourself for Improvement

Public speaking is an art. It is like a performance on the stage. The moment the microphone, light, and camera switch on, the presenter should be able to attract and grab the attention of the gathering.

Turn all the above-mentioned pitfalls to the positive side to keep your audience engaged. As a solution to the above mistakes, record yourself and watch the playback. Practice well to avoid such mistakes, as it can increase your confidence and help you perfect your craft. A good orator should be the one who can motivate and inspire others by turning stone into gold.

© 2020 Sneha Bhat

Comments

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on July 05, 2020:

I am happy that you liked my article and the points mentioned in this article have benefited you. You do wonders in delivering the articles in form of a story! so I am sure that the audience will not deviate and make an attempt to observe the background. Thank you for your motivational words Mrs.Sowrabha Madam.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on July 05, 2020:

Hi Sneha, good show... you have covered everything required to give a great webinar presentation .. a skill that is growing in value and will remain so in the future as well...I am always distracted by the background so I am glad that you mentioned it in your hub..all in all a great hub!

Liza from USA on July 03, 2020:

You're welcome, Sneha :)

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on July 03, 2020:

Thank you so much for your appreciation Ms. Liza madam.

Liza from USA on July 03, 2020:

Great presentation Sneha. I feel like I'm being a student again. Thanks for sharing an educational article.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

I am glad that you liked my article Mr. Murali Krishna sir. At present, the whole world is into digital coaching and online classes. If we try to overcome the above mentioned mistakes, then we can become one the most successful trainer. Thank you for your patience in reading my article and guiding me sir.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

Thank you so much Mrs. Cijini madam for your inspiring words. Knowingly or unknowingly we commit such mistakes. But, we need to be careful while delivering something to others. Thank you for reading my article madam.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

Wow, it's nice to know that you are a public speaker Mr. Dierker sir. I am glad that I can learn many more tips from you... Thank you for reading my article sir.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on June 29, 2020:

It is a timely article, when there are many new youtubers and digital coaches coming into the video platforms as beginners. By reading this article certainly one can improve a lot in his posture in front of the camera. I am sure that by avoiding the mistakes stated in this article one can produce excellent video speeches. As rightly pointed out, by recording and observing trial videos, it is possible to find out the mistakes and improve further. Thank you, Ms Sneha, for such an informative article.

Cijini Manoj from Kerala on June 29, 2020:

Wow.......another amazing article by sneha.... reading this i understood that you are a keen observer...which is the most essential skill for a writer and trainer.you explained well all the mannerisms one should pay attention....very informative article for aspiring digital coachs....

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 29, 2020:

Having done public speaking since a teenager I found this really good. I agree with it all.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

Thank you Ms. Lakshmi madam for reading this article.

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

Yes Ms. Ashwini, sometimes simple things can do big miracles. Life is all about adopting easy stuffs and moving forward. Thank you for your motivating words.

Lakshmi on June 29, 2020:

Fairly good

Sneha Bhat (author) from India on June 29, 2020:

Thank you Ms. Geetha madam for reading this article.

Ashwini Kini from Dakshin Kannad on June 29, 2020:

Wow!! Great to read and understand that few mistakes can sometimes turn into blunders. Very helpful article indeed. It's like an alert call. Thank you Ms. Sneha for writing this hub.

Geetha k on June 29, 2020:

Very well written. Easy points to remember.

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