Today's pitfall is all about losing your presentation or not being able to upload it. Two mindsets to usually work from in the virtual space are:
Expect the unexpected - things likely will happen AND
Always have a back up
Here's what I wrote about Pitfall 2 in my latest book - Effective Virtual Conversations -
"Solution: If you are relying on slides, make sure you have some back-ups. This might include:
· A PDF copy of the slides you have on hand which you can send out by email to participants during the call
· A shared site where participants can download the slides. This requires less immediate effort on your part if you are the only one leading the call, so it is usually less disruptive
Make sure you think about this in advance."
Having a paper copy as back up for yourself is another tip to keep in mind. Anything can occur during a virtual session and if you are streaming, having thing at your finger tips is critical, as it's not easy to step away when you are on full view.
Sending slides in advance of the presentation to the producer or the organizer is a final back up - if your system goes down, hopefully theirs won't, and participants can see their screen.
Have a great week - Pitfall #3 next Monday.
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