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The future of virtual conferencing, virtual meetings and virtual presentations has arrived, for those who can afford it. To see the high level of technological sophistication currently available, check Wikipedia’s entry for “videotelephony.” There, you will see a photo of 14 people conferencing, with six sitting on one side of a conference table, and virtual images – as real as life – of the other eight sitting at a similar table somewhere else in the world. The effect is as if all 14 individuals are in the same room. Expect teleconferencing to become even more lifelike soon. Cisco Systems currently is working on realistic holographic technology to replace videoconferencing. Presentation coach Timothy J. Koegel discusses new virtual presentation and meeting technology, and teaches you how to make effective use of this high-tech wonder. getAbstract finds that he does an excellent job of explaining how virtual presenters can leverage their new toolbox.

About the Author

Timothy J. Koegel is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling author.



Today’s Virtual World

Virtual presentations and meetings are becoming increasingly popular for numerous reasons, including tightened travel budgets, security hassles at airports and enhanced technology. People see virtual presentations as a cost-effective, efficient and practical communication method. Virtual presentations include training, teaching, account meetings, sales meetings, client reviews, job interviews, cold calls, customer service and board meetings. As technology advances, expect that more of your future communications will be virtual.

If your virtual presentation is not relevant, no one will pay attention to it. Your message, purpose, topic and agenda must be compelling. If you do not engage people quickly, they will tune out. Request that your audience commit their attention. Say, for example, “Give me your undivided attention for the next 25 minutes. In turn, I will give you three strategies that will help you generate additional opportunities with your existing clients.”

Ask your audience to turn off their electronic devices. Include your spectators in your presentation by calling on individuals for input. Raise a question and wait until someone...

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