This week we have a special guest blog post from Andrew Churchill, a communications consultant and presentation coach. Since March, Andrew has focused his work on helping people maximize their impact when pitching, presenting, or teaching online.

In order to protect your eyes while teaching or presenting in virtual meetings for hours on end, Andrew recommends investing in a webcam with a zoom function. This will allow you to sit back from your computer (the recommended distance is at least 50 cm, or arm’s length) while also filling the entire screen, allowing you to give a professional, impactful presentation.

Read on and watch the video to see more tips for how to set up your virtual office for maximum impact.

First of all, thanks to everyone here at Nimbus for inviting me to be do a guest blog. The work being done here to professionalize university tutorial programs is fantastic, and the complementary postings here being done in the blog are becoming one of my go to places for helpful tips. Now on to my contribution…

As we move online, there are a few simple set-up tricks that can make you more effective. Optimizing your set-up is a one-time, quick, easy, inexpensive investment in making you more effective, and more comfortable, in our new online reality. The video here details a few things we can all do even in limited spaces and with no green screen:

As you watch, one consideration about which strategies to utilize is figuring out what type of presentation you are doing. For longer teaching sessions, being seated with multiple monitors and a webcam is ideal; for short pitches like a class presentation, standing is better, and the web cam and 2nd monitor become less important.
For these types of single monitor situations, one helpful trick not covered in the video is to set the presentation mode to “browse by an individual (window)” so that you can shrink a powerpoint presentation to a partial screen and still have access to the rest of your computer.

For longer teaching sessions, being seated with multiple monitors and a webcam is ideal; for short pitches like a class presentation, standing is better

Good luck this fall, and don’t forget to get your lighting and camera height correct as they are easy improvements to being more effective online. For more tips, check out my youtube channel or connect with and follow me on LinkedIN.

Nimbus Learning now offers an online tutoring platform which allows students virtual access to academic support and mentorship. Click here to find out more.

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