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Hardware: How to Use Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

About this lesson.

This is the missing video manual on EVERYTHING about the Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote.

We cover the setup and various use cases: such as what happens if I just plug in the dongle but not install the software.

And then we go deep in configuring the software to make the remote control shine!  This is a fabulous tool, that is expensive.  So if you own it, then watch this tutorial to master it and make your presentation run smoothly!

00:00 Intro 01:13 What’s in the Box 02:28 Charging Times 02:42 Plugging in the Charging Cable 03:08 Plugging the Dongle into Computer 03:34 What works without the software 04:13 Pairing Spotlight with Bluetooth 05:00 Features with Software Installed 05:25 The CLOCK with Alarm Alerts 06:12 The Countdown Timers and Alerts 07:05 Customizing the Pointers 08:20 Changing Pointer Mode from the Remote 09:30 Example of “Cursor Control” and “Freeze the Effect” 11:40 Adding Second Action to Each Button 12:40 Example of Fast Forward vs Scroll 14:09 Check Battery Status 14:27 Extra MORE SETTINGS: Change SPeed 15:02 Turn Off Vibration 15:34 Repair Remote to new USB Dongle or Bluetooth 16:01 Recalibrate the Gyroscope Remote 16:38 Wrap-Up

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Software Compatibility All versions of PowerPoint on Windows and Mac plus Apple Keynote, Google Slides and Prezi

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[Music] The Logitech spotlight presentation remote.

It’s awesome. And I’m going to teach you everything you need to know how to use this device. Hi, this is Les from power-up.training, where I bring my decades of experience to you for free. If you’ve never used the Logitech spotlight remote and you want to know why it is absolutely the best wireless presentation remote, then watch this video come back.

And then you’re going to learn how to make sure that you have mastered the use of this amazing PowerPoint presenter tool. And yes, it works with Apple Keynote, and Slides from Google, and even Prezi.

Over the next 15 minutes, we’re gonna cover everything about the remote. And if you’re looking for just one item, then you use the YouTube chapters features down here in this scroll bar or look at our notes., where you are going to find the timestamps for everything that we’re going to cover. So let’s do this and power up to learn how to use the Logitech spotlight presentation remote.

The Logitech spotlight presentation remote has been around since 2017 and is still the best presentation remote that money can buy at around 100 bucks, depending on the color that you find. I loved my goals spotlight, which I waxed on poetically. In my review video listed above, it comes with a USB two Logitech dongle that makes it run reliably which we’ll see in action. Note that you do need a traditional USB port on your Mac or Windows PC, not USB C and there’s also a charging cable that you need to keep track of because it is thin and long. The spotlight is USB chargeable, but the port is deep inside and some battery USB C yes is USB C for charging the actual device will not fit in the narrow access port. So more on that in a moment. It does come with a convenient case and watch how the USB dongle fits nicely into the remote for travelling. Charging, the built in battery is slick for two reasons. A one minute of charging will give you three hours of use. And it will hold a charge for three months so that you can whip it out on a moment’s notice to give a Slide Show. As I mentioned before, you need a long thin USB C cable to plug into the spotlight. The one that comes with the unit is great. And once you slip it in deep into the remote, wiggle it and then connect it in. 60 minutes later you’re gonna find it is fully charged. while charging. The white light on top will blink turning constantly lit when fully charged.

One of my top features that makes this my highest recommended remote Is that all you need to do is plug the USB dongle into the target computer and you’re ready to go with the fundamental features. You can competently walk into the presentation room. Plug in the dongle, no software is needed no administrative privileges on the computer. It is true plug and go. While you won’t have all the advanced features, you will find all the core tasks, the easy to find middle button will advance your slide. The smaller bottom button will let you go back a slide and that top spotlight button will function like a virtual air mouse. I am currently holding down the top spotlight button and moving around in the air recreating the air mouse on this presentation.

See my review for more interactions. Before we look at how to enhance the remote with software. Let’s take a detour to discuss Bluetooth connectivity. First off, why even bother with Bluetooth connectivity? Use the USB dongle. I find it almost bulletproof which is not always the case with Bluetooth. But if you must use Bluetooth because you’ve run out of ports for the dongle or your computer does not have the legacy USB port. Then to pair it, you just hold down the top and bottom buttons for three seconds and then the spotlight remote will start blinking at the top. You now have three minutes to finish the Bluetooth pairing on your computer. While the remote will work without software, you will be missing a whole lot of cool features. if you skip the installation.

Two reasons you might not install the tool is that the conference room computer prohibits third party software installations or you don’t have the needed administrative rights to install the software. But once installed, you do get the extra capabilities and the three remote buttons can start to do double duty with more actions. Let’s walk through the enhancement choices once the Logitech software is installed. First off is the timer. There’s a lot going on here. Once enabled, your computer’s Presenter View will get upgraded. If you have two monitors, the time will show up in the second monitor Presenter View. But is showing the time really that special? Is that not why we have watches and smartphones for the time? No. The real trick here is the ability to set an alarm to flash on the screen and even vibrate the Logitech spotlight remote at the designated time. However, more practical is the ability to use a countdown timer when you’re allotted only a set number of minutes for your presentations. The concept is to show the countdown timer on your presenter screen. But more importantly, you had your Logitech spotlight remote vibrate to help keep you on track. On the screen, I’m showing a sped up version of the countdown timer. But it’s important to note that you can set three individual countdown reminders as you get closer and closer to the ending. For example, if you have a 10 minute time limit, you can set the software to vibrate the remote at the five minute mark, and then again at the two minute mark.

And then at the one minute mark, and it’ll vibrate as you go along help you keep on track and finish on time. Note that the settings are restricted to one minute increments, so there will be no 30 second reminder choices.

Next is controlling the onscreen pointer. The spotlight remote has three different types of pointers you can employ in your on screen presentations, you elect to have one or all of them activated. For simplicity, you could choose to just run only the highlight pointer, which gives you that can’t be missed spotlight look, which I’m running by holding down the top button on the remote and using the built in gyroscope to move the remote around and have the spotlight show up on the screen. Or I could turn off highlight and turn on magnify, to zoom in on a specific portions of the slide. Lastly, there is the laser pointer, which is superior to any light based led laser pen, which rarely is visible in the back of an auditorium and never worked on a TV screen or in a remote video conferencing presentation.

The spotlight remote, sorry for this pun, shines in the presentations. Here’s a pro tip, turn on all three or just two, and you can cycle through them without going back to the software menu by just double tapping on the top remote button to toggle between the different pointers. Once you double tap, you will then have the next pointer option available to use. Now let’s customize each of these pointers. Some of the settings are unique, and some are similar. We’ll start off with highlight. Once in the settings for highlight, we can change the background contrast to make everything not the spotlight fade to almost black. In the extreme, the items you want highlighted will jump off the screen. But if you want your audience to see the context of the rest of the slide, you may elect to let the background items become a bit more visible. Secondly, you can control the size of the spotlight highlight. And as you see in the preview window, usually a good representation. But you can still test it out with the remote by holding down the top button and working and seeing it on the screen. The last two settings are available on all three pointers. That heap mouse pointer on will let you use the pointer as an air mouse. This idea of an air mouse means that not only will the arrow pointer stay on the screen, but you can also highlight and click objects on the screen like you would with a regular desk bound mouse

and the freeze the effect will keep the spotlight on even after releasing the top button, and will only go away after you hit any other button, such as the advanced slide, or just re hit the top button again, to make the frozen effect disappear. One of the controls for the magnify pointer is the ability to change the color for the boundary around the circle edge. For big presentation, you might consider contrasting the outer ring color based on the slides color scheme. And then you can control the size the magnifying scope, it only changes the size of the pointer, it does not change the magnification level. Personally, I believe you should design a slide to be seen without zooming in. So I never use the magnified pointer. And like before, at the bottom, you have two similar controls the cursor control which we call the air mouse, and the freeze the effect control, which works exactly the same as before. The third pointer is the laser. Here, you can control the color, which is the fuzzy see through highlighter. Plus you can change the size of this fuzzy laser pointer. And of course, the same to bottom controls have on and off for the cursor control and the freeze the effect, meaning that you can leave these on or off in different modes for each of the three pointers. Now, let’s multiply the number of buttons on the spotlight remote. Well, not actual buttons, but virtual buttons. by holding down the button, we can assign a second alternative action of our own choosing. Starting with the Next button, we can change it from the default start presentation, which means that if PowerPoint is active, it will launch the screen show starting. And this is important with whichever slide is highlighted, not from the beginning. But from the current selected slide. Some of the alternative choices may be useful to you. blank screen is obvious. As one selected, you can hold down the button and the screen will go black until you click again, a great technique to take a non related question from the audience and blank out the distractions of the screen. This is also useful during group spontaneous discussions. Fast forward seems to be useful. Watch this presentation as I hold down the Next button. And it flies through all the slides in fast forward. That sounds useful. But I don’t like it as I have no control of how fast it flies through them. And it seems to never stop on this slide I want. I’d rather hit the next button multiple times to advance it to the slide I desire. You also could choose scroll. This lets you hold down the next button and using the gyroscope other mode to hold your mouse you can scroll forwards and backwards through the slide by moving your hands up and down. Unlike dashboard, this also lets you go backwards here as live. But once again, I seem to lack the precise control. And I sometimes feel like a crazy person waving my remote hands up and down. The same happens if you select volume control, moving your hands up and down will let you raise and lower the volume. But once again, it lacks precision. Moving to the back button, you see similar choices, but just a smaller list. The only real difference is the fast backwards as opposed to the fast forwards. I like the default settings of start presentation for the whole next and blank screen for the hold back. But you can customize it to your heart’s content.

Before we go on to the extra settings, take a look at the bottom of the menu. There’s a great indicator of the level of charge or spotlight remote. You never want to be surprised in the middle of a big presentation that you’re running out of battery. To the right of the battery is the three dot menu. Click on that and you can then reach more settings. Rather you will find three key controls for the pointer. You can change how much the gyroscopic movement will impact the pointer speed. Slower will give you more precise controls, but require bigger faster arm movements. And the reset pointer to the center of the slide is extremely helpful, especially if you are an energetic present. That loves hand gestures while speaking. Under the second configuration menu is alert, you can impact how much vibration feedback you get from the spotlight, such as during the presentation countdown timer. Note that more intensity will run down the battery more quickly. But I find the battery life to be great, so this does not bother me. However, you may not like this slightly louder, more intense vibration. You can also turn these alerts off completely if you desire. Lastly, there’s the connectivity menu. Earlier I showed you how to pair your remote via the buttons for Bluetooth. If however your devices connected with the USB dongle, you can also kick this off with the menu protect to be connected to initiate this software Bluetooth change and also use this menu to change to go to a new dongle. Both these choices seem to be only a rare use. The last rarely needed item is the calibration tool. If your spotlight remote just does not seem accurately responsive, then it may be time to reset the 3d gyroscopic sensor. You will need to go to the Logitech website and download this separate application tool. Once the standalone program is launched, you’ll put the connected spotlight remote down on a level table and click calibrate. It will work all by itself for about 45 seconds and then announce a successful recalibration and you’re good to go. The Logitech spotlight presentation remote is the pro tool. don’t own it. Then use our Amazon affiliate link below in our YouTube notes to show support of our YouTube work. And if you’re new to power-up.training then subscribe to our channel and explore our over 100 different PowerPoint Tutorials to make you an expert and all things presentations. Until next time, go Power Up! [music]

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8 Things I’ve Learned Using an iPad for Presentations

I love using my iPad for travel to conferences, and not just because it’s so lightweight and its battery lasts all day. For one thing, with the LTE version I’m not beholden to conference Wi-Fi; while some conferences have good connectivity, I never want to count on it. With the iPad I can nearly always get online.

But the iPad isn’t convenient only for attending conferences. It’s a good tool for presentations, too-or at least an excellent backup for a dedicated computer. I can easily be ready to present if I have a last-minute computer replacement.

Still, I had some things to learn the hard way about using an iPad for presentations. Perhaps I can save you a few steps.

The Basics of Getting Started

Learn the differences between “desktop” keynote and the ipad version.

While I present nearly exclusively from an iPad, I usually build my initial presentation on a Mac. I build all of my presentations in Keynote, and store them in iCloud. I can (and do) make tweaks to a presentation on-site via the iPad version of Keynote, but it always feels as though I’m slightly fighting with the software.

Keynote supports a customizable presenter display in both versions. On the Mac desktop version, you can pick three ways to give yourself that during-the-talk cheat sheet, instructing it to show you the current slide, next slide, and presenter notes. On the iPad, the presenter display options only give you a “two out of three” option, between current slide, next slide, and presenter notes. I begrudgingly pick Next Slide and Presenter Notes, and then I hope the venue has a confidence monitor that shows me what’s on the projector behind me.

Some folks prefer to use Powerpoint or Google Slides. This distills down to religion, and I can confidently state that those people are wrong. Both tools offer iPad versions as well, but I’m not well versed in them. Deckset doesn’t offer an iPad version, and I’ve not had much patience for the swath of custom JavaScript-based presentation tools that render Markdown inside of browsers. I want to like them, but I can’t quite get there yet. As a result, use Keynote; you’ll be happier. As an added bonus, the presentations live in iCloud; with a bit of notice you can grab a copy on someone’s Mac, iPhone, or iPad and be back in business should calamity befall your iPad.

Do be aware that this means that if your presentation requires a demo in a terminal or a web browser, you either get to do some awkward transitions—or accept that presenting from an iPad isn’t right for this talk. I still haven’t found a good way to give my “Terrible Ideas in Git” talk from an iPad due to its live demos…

Invest in a presentation remote

A presentation remote is a necessity, unless you enjoy being trapped behind the podium. I treated myself to a little luxury with the  Logitech Spotlight .

This device does it all. It speaks its own wireless protocol via a USB-A dongle that plugs into most laptops, but the Spotlight also speaks Bluetooth with a great range. Its battery charges using a built-in USB-C port that hides behind the dongle, and a single charge lasts for months.

I freely accept that most folks find the idea of paying $129 for a single-purpose device a bit nutty. Those folks generally don’t give double-digit numbers of presentations a year. A word of caution: Don’t leave it behind at the podium after your talk. It’s expensive enough to buy the first time. Please don’t ask me how I know.

Pay attention to fonts and typefaces

I have a condition I jokingly refer to as “typeface blindness.” I can’t tell the difference between most fonts unless I stare at them and actively work out what I’m seeing. I’m told this is atypical, and whenever I forget this fact I get reminded on Twitter. “Well, that’s the fifth talk so far today that uses Helvetica (the system default)” always makes me facepalm. As a result, I make it a point to not use system default fonts.

Contrary to what many folks believe, you can use custom fonts on iOS, but the process is a bit arcane. Do yourself a favor and drop the $2 for  AnyFont . This magic app streamlines an otherwise incredibly painful process.

Lessons I’ve Learned

I’m conservative here; while you can save money by buying third party adapters, I find that minimizing the risk of screwing up a presentation in front of 400 people is worth the extortionate rate that Apple charges for first party adapters. You’ll want both HDMI and VGA adapters. Both of these are available in Lightning and USB-C flavors, depending upon which generation of iPad you’re using. Note that this is less of a concern with USB-C than it is with Lightning adapters—just make certain you test all of your adapters before you leave home.

Save time; don’t bother looking for DVI adapters. The iPad officially doesn’t support it, Apple doesn’t sell them for Lightning, and I’ve only ever encountered it on the speaking circuit once. Your test a few hours before your talk will validate that you’ll be okay.

You can never be too rich, too thin, or have a big enough battery pack

Grab a beefy battery pack, and you can go days without finding a power outlet. You don’t want to discover that the podium power strip is full, the extension cord is a trip hazard, or that you don’t have the right adapter for the country you’re in when it’s time to give a talk. Having a battery pack that can borderline jump-start a car means you’re fine so long as your iPad battery level is anywhere about roughly 3%. (Too much lower and the tablet won’t boot at all.)

I like Anker products for this, but your mileage may vary. I soundly endorse finding reputable brands. Saving a few bucks on chargers, cables, or batteries that (a) plug into a very expensive electronic device and (b) have a propensity to include “sets the building on fire” in their list of failure modes just never seemed worth the trade-off to me.

Note: If you need to give away something at a booth, don’t use branded USB battery packs or chargers, as swag. At best, they’re cheap and feel flimsy. At worst, something with your logo on it started a fire.

Spend extra for an LTE connection

You can tether your iPad to a mobile device or ride on conference Wi-Fi. However, if you’re presenting frequently it’s worth the extra money to get an iPad version that can speak to the cell networks. Suddenly you no longer care what the conference Wi-Fi password is, whether you remembered to charge your phone, or if the captive portal login page is going to expire and pop up again mid-presentation.

Speaking of which…

Before the presentation, turn on both “Do Not Disturb” and “Airplane Mode”

In presentation mode, Keynote swears that it blocks pop-ups, reminders, incoming calls, and other distractions. To its credit, I’ve never seen it do otherwise.

That said, I always enable Do Not Disturb on my iPad. I put the device in airplane mode. And only then do I plug in the projector. Perhaps I’m paranoid, but you’re also not seeing horrible screenshots from my talks that feature embarrassing notifications, either.

Update nothing before your presentation

If a new iOS version or a Keynote update comes out the same week as your presentation, fine. But resist the upgrade. It can wait a day.

There have been enough regressions in software over the years that I’m extremely hesitant to trust that everything will “just work” an hour before I go on stage.

These are the sometimes-hard-won lessons I’ve learned after spending a year giving talks solely from an iPad.

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Guide to the Best Wireless Presenters (Presentation Remotes) for 2023

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In both the corporate and educational world, giving presentations is an important part of life. Anything that can help your presentation go smoothly can have a positive effect on your career. Luckily, there’s plenty of technology out there that can help you out in this area. Digital projectors are clearer and easier to see than the models we had available only a few short years ago, and most can now integrate with remote controllers.

Your typical remote controller is nothing more than a button that allows you to advance to the next slide. But there are a few models out there that offer much more control than this. You can start and stop multimedia, go back to a previous slide, or even use a laser pointer to draw attention to specific parts of your presentation. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the three best presentation remotes on the market.

Canon PR10-G Wireless Presentation Remote

Whether you’re looking for the latest photo gear, a high-quality printer, or powerful business technology, Canon is an excellent choice. They’ve been manufacturing presentation remotes for quite some time now, but the PR10-G is the latest in modern presentation technology.

Canon PR10-G

The Canon PR10-G Wireless Presentation Remote is easy to hold in the hand, but built to withstand a lot of use and abuse. It’s made from injection molded plastic, tastefully designed with a lightly textured pattern that makes it both resistant to scratches and easy to hold. Right where your thumb rests are the easy to push buttons. They use rubber dome actuators that provide a firmer press but won’t wear out with time. At the top you’ve got a handy LCD display. This screen can be used for a variety of reasons. Most people will use it for timing your presentations.

I’m sure we all know how important this is. When rehearsing, it’s easy to set a timeline and stick to it. But once you get in front of people, you find that you’re either spending too much time on one topic, or rushing through the presentation quicker than you expected. With the timer, you’ll be able to find out where you are at with just a quick glance at the face of the display. You can also use the timer to keep track of where you are at in your presentation if you’ve integrated it with video or audio media.

Canon PR10-G

Perhaps the most important feature of any wireless presenter is the control layout. This is one of the many areas where the Canon model really excels. At the top, you’ve got the large button that turns the laser pointer on or off. A partial press will keep the light on as long as it’s held down. But if you depress it all the way, the laser will stay on until pressed a second time.

Below that you’ve got the typical forward and backwards buttons. Below each of those, there are two unique buttons you might not have seen before. The first is the “expand” button. This can be used with both PowerPoint or Keynote to blow up an image, video, or diagram to full size. Press it again to return to the standard size. On the right, you’ve got the start / stop button that can trigger playback of multimedia.

Canon PR10-G


The Canon PR10-G is designed to work straight out of the box with Apple’s Keynote or Microsoft’s PowerPoint. You won’t need to go through any complicated setup procedure, just unpack it and start using it.

The biggest issue with compatibility is range. Presentation remotes often have to choose between standard Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi direct. Bluetooth is the most compatible of all standards, but suffers from short range. Wi-Fi direct works only with modern devices, but supports a longer range. Canon found a creative solution for this problem. Their remote comes bundled with a high-powered Bluetooth transceiver that plugs into the USB port on any Mac or Windows computer. This allows them to use a higher-powered setting that isn’t supported by all devices. The end result is a huge 100-foot range, allowing the remote to be used in even the largest presentation rooms.

Even without drivers, the presentation remote can be used with any Windows computer from Vista SP2 and up. This means that Windows 7, 8, and 10 all work out of the box. Mac OS 10.5 and up are supported, meaning that the remote will work with any Intel based Mac released in the last 11 years.

Canon PR10-G

The stand out feature of this remote is the powerful green laser. This laser pointer might look a little different from the standard red ones, but it’s up to 8 times brighter than the red wavelength. This means that even in the brightest most well-illuminated room, you’ll have no problem drawing attention to the most important parts of your presentation.

Another great feature of canons presentation remote is the vibration feature. You can easily set notifications at various points throughout your presentations to help keep you on track. It will automatically vibrate one, five, or ten minutes before the end to remind you to wrap things up. You can also set the timer to vibrate at any other point, as needed.

Kensington Wireless Presenter

If the name rings a bell, it’s because Kensington is known primarily for their high-quality laptop security devices. The Kensington lock is generally accepted as being one of the locks on the market. Their remote presenter goes hand in hand with these locks, as you’ll often want to keep your notebook safe while you give your presentation.

Kensington Wireless Presenter

The incredibly compact Kensington Wireless Presenter is designed to be simple and easy to use. While it’s not the most attractive of the bunch, you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually very comfortable to hold in the hand. Its strong curves fit with the curves of your hand, meaning that you’re not going to get uncomfortable even when you’re using it for long periods of time. Aside from the four buttons on the face, there isn’t really a whole lot of extras on this presentation remote. But the one thing we did really like was the USB port on the bottom. This can be used to charge the remote, but also provides a handy storage space for the USB receiver when not in use.

Kensington Wireless Presenter

The control scheme with this remote is simple, but still highly effective. The two buttons that you’ll use the most, the forward and backward buttons, are located on either side of the main section. On the opposite orientation, you’ve got the play and stop buttons. The main difference between this button and some of the more advanced models is that each one serves a single purpose.

Kensington Wireless Presenter

For example, Canon combined the play and stop buttons. If your media is currently playing, then the button will stop it, and vice versa. But this can create confusion in presentations where there are multiple media types, or if you change slides without stopping the previous media. To avoid any awkward mistakes, many presenters will prefer this simple control scheme.

Kensington Wireless Presenter

The Kensington Wireless Presenter decided to go for a high bandwidth method of communication to offer solid range without dropouts. Running on the 2.4 Ghz frequency, it requires that a USB dongle be used with your computer. This transceiver can be used with Windows 7, 8, and 10 PCs. It can also work with OSX systems from 10.6 and up. It works with Microsoft PowerPoint out of the box, but the drivers allow you to map the buttons to the keyboard. With a few quick clicks, you can set it up to control any presentation software you like.

Logitech R800 Professional Presenter

We’ve reviewed Logitech’s accessories many times before, and not once have we come across one that disappoints us. While their professional wireless presenter is much larger than some, the impressive range of included features makes this presenter just as powerful as it is large.

Logitech Professional Presenter R800

The Logitech R800 Professional Presenter is ergonomically designed to be comfortable to hold in the hand, and keeps all of your most important features easily accessible from the face. But aside from the standard controls, you’ve got access to a powerful LCD display on the face that performs much of the same features as the Canon model. It can help you keep track of how long you’ve bene presenting for, how long you’ve spent on a particular slide, or show you a countdown to a specific time.

Logitech Professional Presenter R800

The controls are quite similar to those on the Canon. You’ve got the forward and backward buttons for navigating between slides, the full screen button for expanding visual aids, and the play button to start and stop embedded media. But the unique feature on this remote is the programmable button located just below the display. You can configure this button to set any particular element you like, giving you a little more control over your presentation.

Logitech Professional Presenter R800

This wireless remote presenter is compatible with a wide range of Windows PCs, starting from Windows 7 and going up to the latest release of Windows 10. It uses the same wireless technology as the Cannon, requiring a dongle but giving you up to 100 ft (30 meters) of range.

Logitech Professional Presenter R800

The Logitech R800 Professional Presenter has a couple of features we’ve seen before, but are happy to see included. It’s got the timed vibration feature, which we found to be a little easier to use than the Canon model. The timer is set from the included features, and gives you a ton of control over how and when the timer goes off. You can set different types of vibrations for different alarms. For example, short pulses can signify an impending time limit, or long ones can remind you to move on to the next slide.

Another great feature of this remote is the same high powered green laser pointer we liked so much. Once you use such a bright pointer it’s unlikely that you’ll want to go back to the basic model.

Which Wireless Remote Presenter is Right for Me?

Not sure which one is right for your business? For most users, we’re recommend the Canon PR10-G . This remote is fully compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and gives you plentiful controls and a powerful laser.

You might also want to consider the Logitech R800 Professional Presenter . This model adds a powerful timing system that lets you make the most of the built-in vibration feature.

Finally, there will be a few people who just need something simple for their presentations. In this case, you can’t go wrong with the Kensington Wireless Presenter . It’s affordable, easy to use, and reliable. If this is all you need, there is no sense is spending money on a high-end model.


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I am seeking a presenter which is compatible with Corel software on a PC running Windows 10. I will appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thank you.

Thank you for the great reviews. I am currently using a Kensington Presenter Pro that has been good for me for quite some time now. I like the size and the button layouts; the range is wonderful; and the green laser is plenty bright. That all said, the one thing that drives me mad is the clicking sounds of the buttons. How on earth did the design team feel this was okay. During a quiet part of a presentation when I’m not talking, but still advancing slides, this is completely distracting.

You did not happen to mention if any of these above have silent ‘soft touch’ buttons. I think the Canon might, but not sure. Can you please confirm which ones do and which ones don’t.

Thank you. Cheers! Kevin

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Best Presentation Remotes for Windows PCs in 2022

What are the best wireless presentation remotes for PC? These are.

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If you're giving a big presentation, the ability to move and interact more with your audience is incredibly valuable. If you have to awkwardly stand up behind your laptop the whole time, it's nowhere near as engaging.

You need a reliable presentation remote that connects easily and travels well. Here are our recommendations for the best options for PCs.

Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer

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I work for a well-traveled magician on the side, and we never go anywhere without our Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointers. He's gone through three brands, and Satechi has always stood out as the best. The remote connects via Bluetooth and has a fantastic range. (We've generally had great luck between 20 and 30 feet).

If you're clicking through a slideshow and need to go back to a specific slide, there's a handy number pad hidden behind a little slide-out door. If you enter the number of the slide, it'll go back for you, which is incredibly handy when music misfires for a magic trick and you need to try to recapture the wonder.

My whole show rides on my presentation triggering properly, and the Satechi remote has been the only one I've used that works every time — Chris Funk, The Wonderist

You can also control music playback, skip tracks and slides, and control the volume of your device, so you don't need to be anywhere near your computer to do what you need to. These remotes are $45 on Amazon and come in black or silver.

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The Logitech R800 features a bright green laser pointer that's easy to see in any room, and the USB wireless receiver should allay any worries you might feel using a Bluetooth remote. With a 100-foot range, you're free to move about as you please without worrying about losing your connection.

The R800 has an LCD display that features a timer, which delivers silent vibrational alerts, so you can keep track of time without having to disengage from your audience. The large buttons are easy to navigate without having to look, and you'll get solid battery life from just two AAA batteries. Pricing starts around $50.


Doosl's presentation remote is a little thicker than a pen, but it'll still fit comfortably in your pocket, and its hook helps it stay in place so you always know where it is. It features a laser pointer, so you can get the whole room focused on what matters, and it has great page-up and page-down support, as well as play, pause, and black screen controls for PowerPoint presentations.

The universal receiver means you can just plug in and go — no driver or pairing is required. Just in case you forget to turn off your Doosl, it features auto standby and "deep sleep" modes to conserve battery. Pricing starts at only $15.


Kensington's $30-ish wireless presenter is designed to be ergonomic, with a comfortable in-hand feel and a simple button layout that allows you to switch back and forth between slides and use the laser pointer without needing to constantly look down at your hand.

The mini USB receiver fits in the remote's housing, so it never gets lost, and you don't need to pair the remote with your computer or install a driver — just plug it in and away you go. The receiver has a 60-foot range, so you'll be able to move about the room with confidence, knowing you'll stay connected.


Aside from its wicked cool name, the DinoFire presentation remote is an awesome, pen-sized device that uses an RF receiver to communicate with your computer. It can control PowerPoint, the whole iWork suite, Word, and Excel, so if you're giving any sort of business presentation, you're covered. And at only around $14, you can grab a couple for the road.

This remote runs on one AAA battery, and that's either convenient because you don't need to remember to charge it, or it's a little inconvenient because you can't just recharge it on the go. The RF receiver has a 98-foot range, so whether you're in a conference room or an auditorium, you're connected and in control.

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This wireless presentation remote features a USB receiver, a 39-foot range, and an excellent button layout for presentations where full engagement is key. The forward and back buttons are defined by raised bumps, so you know exactly which way your presentation is going at all times. There's also a blackout mode, so you can cut to black at the end or while you prepare your presentation.

For $15, this remote isn't exactly feature-rich, but according to its Amazon reviews , it's reliable and a great minimalist option. It supports the Office suite, and it has a red laser pointer. And it takes one AAA battery.

What say you?

Do you have a favorite presentation remote? Let us know in the comments below.

Updated February 2018: Added the Beboncool budget option and swapped in the Logitech R800 in place of the R400, since its LCD display is perfect for timed presentations and total control. Also added pricing for each remote.

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10 Best Practices for Giving a Remote Presentation

10 Best Practices for Giving a Remote Presentation

After COVID, with more companies embracing the WFH hybrid model of working, virtual presentations have become a fundamental part of professional communication. Whether you're an executive delivering a keynote or a sales representative pitching a product, mastering the art of giving a remote presentation is vital for success.

This blog post explores the ten virtual presentation tips that will enhance your virtual communication skills. This comprehensive guide offers valuable insights and practical virtual presentation tips. So, get ready to take your virtual presentations from good to great!

Importance of Following Best Practices for a Flawless Virtual Presentation

Virtual presentations require a different skill set compared to in-person presentations. The presenter needs to capture and hold the audience's attention while talking. Shorter sentences are easier to understand, and maintaining eye contact with the audience through the webcam is crucial.

Additionally, using appropriate hand gestures, facial expressions, and body language can help to keep the audience engaged and connected. Following best practices for virtual presentations will help ensure your audience effectively communicates and receives your message.

Virtual Presentation Examples

To illustrate the best practices for a flawless remote presentation, let's look at some virtual presentation examples:

  • A salesperson presenting a product demonstration to a potential client via Zoom
  • A teacher delivering a lecture to students via Microsoft Teams
  • A manager giving a team update during a Google Meet conference call
  • A keynote speaker presenting at a virtual conference via Webex

How to Give a Virtual Presentation: 10 Best Practices to Follow

10 Best Practices for Giving Online Presentation

1. Test Your Technology

Before your presentation, make sure to test your technology. Check your internet connection, microphone, camera, and any other tools you plan to use. It's essential to ensure that everything is working correctly before starting your presentation to avoid any technical difficulties during the presentation.

2. Create a Professional Environment

Your present environment should be professional and appropriate for the message you want to convey. Choose a quiet, well-lit space with a neutral background to minimise distractions. Make sure your surroundings are tidy and uncluttered, and remove anything distracting or inappropriate.

3. Dress Appropriately

Even though you're presenting remotely, it's still important to dress appropriately for the occasion. Dressing professionally helps to convey respect for your audience and your message. Avoid wearing bright colours or patterns that might be distracting on camera.

4. Use Engaging Visuals

Visual aids can be an effective way to communicate your message and keep your audience engaged. Use graphics, charts, images, and videos to help illustrate your points and make your presentation more interesting. However, ensure your visuals are relevant and easy to understand and don't distract from your message.

5. Speak Clearly and Slowly

When presenting remotely, it's essential to speak clearly and slowly to ensure your audience understands you. Take regular breaks to allow your audience to process the information and ask questions if necessary. Try to avoid using jargon or technical terms that your audience might not understand.

6. Avoid Distractions

Minimise distractions during your presentation by muting notifications and closing other applications on your computer.

If you're presenting, choose a quiet and private room where you won't be interrupted by external noises. You can also politely ask your audience to refrain from using their phones or engaging in conversations without turning off their microphone during the presentation.

Additionally, ensure you have all the materials you need ready and organised beforehand to avoid any last-minute distractions or technical difficulties. Remember, the more focused you are, your audience will be more engaged and attentive.

7. Be Prepared for Technical Difficulties

Technical difficulties can still occur during a remote presentation despite your best efforts. Be prepared to troubleshoot any issues that arise, and have a backup plan in case your primary tools fail. It's also essential to have a contact person who can help you resolve any technical issues if necessary.

8. Practise Your Timing

Time management is essential during a virtual presentation. Plan your presentation carefully and practise your timing to ensure that you stay within the allotted time. Remember to leave time for questions and answers at the end of your presentation.

9. Interact with Your Audience

Engage your audience by asking questions, encouraging discussion, and soliciting feedback. Use polls, quizzes, and surveys to make the presentation interactive and engage your audience. If possible, address your audience by name, and make eye contact with the camera periodically to create a more personal connection.

10. Follow Up After the Presentation

After your presentation, follow up with your audience to gather feedback and address any outstanding questions or concerns. Use this feedback to improve your future presentations and strengthen your relationship with your audience.

Additionally, following up with your audience after a presentation is an excellent way to show your appreciation for their time and attention. A simple thank-you message or email can go a long way in establishing a positive relationship with your audience and keeping them engaged.

By implementing these ten best practices for a flawless remote presentation, you can enhance your virtual communication skills and make a lasting impact on your audience. Remember to prepare thoroughly, pay attention to your delivery, and utilise visual aids strategically to create a seamless virtual experience.

To further sharpen your presentation skills and excel in the virtual realm, consider exploring professional courses and workshops offered by SoME. Our comprehensive programmes cover various topics, including virtual presentation tips, mastering presentation remotes, and techniques for delivering captivating virtual presentations.

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KSL's current loanable technology collection are found at the Tech Table, directly to the right of the Service Center. Staff will retrieve your desired kit if available and check it out at the Service Center with an appropriate CWRU or CIM ID. 

Available for checkout to CWRU & CIM students, faculty, and staff at the Service Center. CWRU Alumni, CIA, Public or Visiting patrons are   not permitted to check out loanable equipment kits.  

Treatment of Equipment

We understand that accidents occur. Please treat the kit as if it were your own. Let us know if you have lost or damaged the equipment. You're only financially responsible for the loss or damages, not the entire kit.

Hooking up the Presentation Remote

Remove the USB Receiver from the battery compartment of the Presentation Remote and insert into computer's USB port.

→ Blue Light will flash when USB receiver is not inserted. Once correctly placed, the Blue Light will illuminate solid. 

→ No additional software download is required for use of remote.

Button Functions

Give yourself the opportunity to play around with the equipment before your big presentation. Best way to approach learning how to use this remote is by doing.  Read the User's Manual for more information.

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Use Your Phone as a Google Slide Presentation Remote

Google Slide presentation remote

At the recent Elementary Technology Conference , I was able to use my phone as a remote to control my Google Slide presentations. Thanks to the Remote for Slides Chrome extension, I wasn’t tethered to my laptop. I was able to walk around the room with my phone and advance my slides as I presented. When presenting, why be stuck in the front of a room when you don’t have to be?

Features of the Remote to Slides Extension


  • Move Slides Forwards or Backwards: You can move your slides forward or backward by tapping a button.
  • Timer: A timer allows you to look at the time for which you have been speaking for. This is critical since you don’t want your presentation to go over its scheduled time.
  • Speaker Notes: Speaker notes allow you to refer to your notes during your presentation. This really helps you remember that important information you are trying to convey to your participants.

Installing the Remote for Slides Extension

To install the extension:

  • Launch the Chrome browser and go to the Remote for Slides Chrome extension.
  • Click the Add to Chrome button.
  • Click Add extension in the confirmation box.
  • The button changes to Checking. Then it changes to Added to Chrome when the installation is complete.

Using Remote for Slides

To begin controlling your presentations from your phone:

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • On the top right, click the “Present with Remote” button.
  • Wait until the presentation is fully loaded.
  • Click on the “Show ID & Start Remote” button to view the 6-digit code.
  • Open http://s.limhenry.xyz on your phone and enter the code that appears on the page.
  • Press the Connect button and you are ready to go! Your phone is now a remote, with two large buttons to move back and forth between slides.


Try It on Your Phone

The next time you have a presentation, try using your phone as the remote. It works like a charm. Also, don’t forget to check out Fabulous Presentations with Google Slides to learn how to create more moving and engaging presentations.

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What is a Presentation Clicker? [And How to Use it?]

By: Author Shrot Katewa

What is a Presentation Clicker? [And How to Use it?]

If you are preparing to give a presentation, a presentation clicker can be a very helpful tool! In fact, if you have never given a presentation on a stage before, and you probably just found out that you will need to use a presentation clicker during the presentation, it can make you a bit anxious. This may perhaps make you wonder, what exactly is a presentation clicker?

A presentation clicker (or a presentation remote) is a wireless device that acts as a remote to control the movement of your slides during a presentation. A presentation clicker helps to advance the slides, or move back. Some presentation clickers also have a built-in laser that acts as a pointer.

In this article, I will help you understand a bit more about a presentation clicker, and provide you with tips on how to use it when giving a presentation. Plus, if you are looking to buy a presentation clicker, I shall be sharing some of the best options for you to choose based on my experience.

So, let’s get started!

How Does a Presentation Clicker Work?

A presentation clicker works by connecting to a computer wirelessly using a Bluetooth connection (often using a Bluetooth receiver). Once connected, it allows the presenter to move the slides forward or backward in the presentation mode using the buttons present on the clicker.

Thus, if you are using a presentation clicker when giving the presentation, you can easily move around on the stage and you don’t have to worry about running back to your computer (or asking someone else) to change the slide!

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It is important to note that most presentation clickers come with a Bluetooth receiver that is injected into a USB slot on the computer (much like how a wireless mouse is connected to a laptop or a desktop). Furthermore, a receiver is unique to a specific device. Meaning, if you lose the Bluetooth receiver, the presentation clicker will not work!

Additionally, some clickers are designed to work specifically with a special application such as Microsoft PowerPoint. These clickers won’t work with other presentation applications like Keynote and Google Slides. Whereas, some clickers work with most major presentation applications and even with PDF files!

If you are planning to buy a presentation clicker, make sure that you choose one that works at least with Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote!

I’m also going to share with you how to use a presentation clicker, so make sure that you keep reading!

Top 5 Best Presentation Clickers

Sometimes, organizers simply don’t provide the presenter with a presentation clicker. Even when they do, the type of clicker will vary from one event to the other! Learning how to use a different clicker at the last moment can be a bit annoying especially when you are focusing on getting the presentation delivered perfectly!

That is one of the main reasons I carry my own presentation clicker. In fact, I highly recommend you do that too as it really doesn’t cost too much to buy a clicker.

So, let me share with you a few options that you should consider if you are interested in buying a clicker for delivering presentations.

Note – You can also check out the best selling presentation remotes on Amazon. These are usually the most reliable choices in addition to the ones that I’ve tried and reviewed below!

If you are in a rush and want to know which one is the best, my recommendation would be to go with Logitech Spotlight Remote . It is the easiest one to use with a design that requires minimal explanation, and works in a plug-and-play model! It even works without the receiver, that way you don’t have to worry about losing the receiver!

1. Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote [Most Complete]

Spotlight by Logitech is THE BEST presentation remote out there! It provides you with some of the most unique features. Some of these features include –

  • Mouse-like cursor control
  • Allows you to not only highlight but magnify elements on the screen (which is pretty cool!)
  • Range of up to 100 feet
  • Seamless connectivity – it really is seamless as it works even without a receiver via Bluetooth. That way, if you lose the receive it still works! (If you are like me, you’re bound to lose a receiver at some time!)
  • Highly compatible – Works with not just Google Slides, but also with PowerPoint, and Keynote. It even works with PDF files and Prezi!

In my experience, the most helpful feature is its design! Other than the Power button, it only has 2 buttons which are used for next and previous slides. That way, you don’t get confused when presenting and end up showing slides that you aren’t meant to!

The best part is that it is not obnoxiously expensive! For all the features that it encompasses, Spotlight is quite affordable.

Check out the latest price by clicking on the button below.

2. Beboncool RF Wireless Presenter [Most Budget Friendly]

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The Beboncool is pretty budget-friendly and also has an integrated laser pointer. It is made out of unique ABS material which is environmentally friendly.

To use it, you do not have to install any software. Just plug in and it is ready for some action – which is quite helpful.

It has all the standard features available on the remote. It works with both Windows and Mac. Furthermore, it can also be used with PowerPoint and Keynote along with Google Slides.

The only drawback (if we can call it that) is that it doesn’t come with a battery. So, you really can’t just unbox and use it directly! But, for most people, that shouldn’t be a problem I suppose.

3. DinoFire Presentation Clicker [Most Ergonomic]

DinoFire pointer comes with quite a sleek and ergonomic design. It is comfortable to hold in your hands.

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It has 3 clicky buttons and one integrated laser pointer. Some of the other features that it offers are as follows –

  • Range of 100 feet
  • Wide Compatibility – Works with all Windows operating systems, Mac and Linux. Furthermore, it also works with PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides
  • Magnetic USB receiver – this ensures that the receiver doesn’t accidentally fall off.
  • 3-year guarantee on USB receiver – this is really cool! If you end up losing the receiver, the manufacturer will replace the receiver for you completely free for the first 3 years! This is one thing that I definitely loved about this clicker!
  • Low power indicator – another helpful feature is the low power indicator. This feature ensures that your presentation clicker doesn’t ditch you in the middle of your presentation!

If you are looking for a presenter remote on a budget, I would recommend DinoFire presentation clicker with my eyes closed! Apart from being the most ergonomic, I also feel that this is the best all-round remote on a budget!

4. DinoFire Presenter Remote with Air Mouse [Best Features on a Budget]

The DinoFire presenter remote with remote air is compatible with any USB A or USB type C device.

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It is also a future-proof purchase for you as it works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Not only that, this two-in-one receiver will provide you 164 feet of wireless coverage. Besides being a presentation clicker, it can also be used as a mouse!

It actually comes packed with a loads of features! Let’s take a look at some of the most helpful features –

  • Rechargeable battery – you will never run out of power on this device as you can just plug it into an electric socket and use it. It takes about 1.5 hours to charge fully and runs for about 8-10 hours on operation.
  • Also functions as a real mouse – with a click of a button, you can switch from a presenter to an air mouse!
  • Green Light as a pointer – this presentation clicker comes with a green light. The advantage of green light is that it works even with TV screens. It is also far more powerful than a red laser light; thus easily visible.
  • High range – Clicker range up to 50 feet, mouse range is about 80 feet, and light range is about 300 feet.
  • Battery indicator – it also comes with a battery indicator that starts flashing red when the battery is low.
  • Compatibility – this DinoFire presentation remote is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It also works with Google Slides, PowerPoint, Keynote, and a few other applications.

5. Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 [Best Branded Remote on a Budget]

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The Logitech R400 is perfect for professional usage and compatible with all windows versions. It has a strong red laser to highlight your presentation content. The most attractive part is that it has touch-sensitive buttons and 50 feet wireless coverage.

While it does come with most of the standard features, there are a couple of drawbacks to keep in mind though –

  • It requires 2 AAA batteries to use
  • It is only compatible with Windows

That said, you do get a trusted product with a fail-proof brand name like Logitech at quite a low price point!

How to Use a Presentation Clicker?

As mentioned previously, the presentation clicker will usually have at least the previous and the next button on it.

To use a presentation clicker, first, connect it to the computer. Then, enter the presentation into presenter mode. Finally, press the ‘Previous’ and the ‘Next’ buttons on the clicker to move the slides ahead or back in the presentation. To use the laser pointer, press and hold the laser button.

Using a presentation clicker is actually not difficult at all. So, don’t worry if you have not used it before. That said, presentation clickers usually have their buttons placed differently and it varies based on the model and the brand.

Some clickers come with additional functionality such as converting the clicker into a mouse. It can be annoying when you have to adjust to a presentation clicker every time. However, it is better to spend 5 minutes orienting yourself with the clicker before starting with the presentation rather than committing a mistake during the presentation.

What Else is a Presentation Clicker Called?

There are several names used for a presentation clicker! You may hear other people refer to it as a Presentation Remote, Wireless Clicker, Slide Clicker, PowerPoint Remote, Presentation Pointer among others!

You can rest assured, all these actually mean the same thing!

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5 Steps to Present Remotely — Easy and Fast

5 Steps to Present Remotely — Easy and Fast

Have you ever seen a remote presentation go awry? 

Sometimes, you can sense the presenter is feeling like Jimmy Smith Jr. in 8 Mile – “ His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…”. 

Other times, the best-laid plans meet the capricious whims of electrons and algorithms. It’s the stuff of nightmares. But most of these issues are avoidable with proper planning. 

If you find yourself having to host a remote presentation, particularly one with a slide deck, this article is for you. We will help you with the daunting task of crafting a presentation that will captivate your audience. 

Step 1: Setting Up Your Presentation

The set up phase is where you create the slide deck you’re going to share with the attendees. And if you’re uncomfortable with tech, this step can feel like trying to drain an ocean with a spoon. 

So, it’s crucial to keep things simple.

First off, you’ll have to pick the proper software. But how do you go about doing that? There is no shortage of amazing presentation tools , each with its pros and cons. 

You’ll want to look for a few key features:

  • Ease of use : Hosting a presentation is already complicated enough without having to wrestle with the software
  • Interactivity : Presentations where the host talks at people are not memorable. Get a program that lets your audience engage with the presentation
  • Compatibility : Pick a tool that lets anyone join, regardless of their device
  • Templates & Customization : Choose a tool that offers a variety of templates and themes to suit your topic and style. You should also be able to customize your slides easily

And here are some options that fit these criteria:

  • Slides With Friends , which lets you create and deliver interactive presentations with your audience. You can add elements like quizzes, live polls, word clouds, and more, and invite your attendees to join in and participate. Slides With Friends is great for making your presentations more engaging, fun, and memorable.
  • PowerPoint , the classic presentation software. It works both online and offline. You can create polished and professional slides with the help of Designer and Ideas in PowerPoint. You can also insert 3D objects, animations, and videos, and use Presenter Coach to practice your speech and get feedback. PowerPoint is compatible with many other tools, such as Webex, Zoom, and Teams.
  • Slido , which lets you engage your participants with live polls, Q&A, quizzes and word clouds in your meetings and events. You can use Slido with Zoom, PowerPoint, Teams and other tools, but it also works standalone. Slido is ideal for getting instant feedback, increasing engagement, and capturing viewers.

Once you have chosen the right tool for your presentation, you can move on to the next step: planning your agenda.

Step 2: Plan Your Presentation

The planning phase is where you decide what you want to say and how you want to say it. A well-planned agenda can help you structure your presentation, keep it focused, and avoid unnecessary distractions. 

Here are some tips to plan your agenda effectively:

  • Start with the end in mind : What is the main goal or message of your presentation? What do you want your audience to learn, do, or feel after listening to you? Use your objective as a guide for the rest of your agenda.
  • Break down your presentation into sections : You may want to divide your presentation into different sections, such as introduction, main points, conclusion, Q&A, etc. Each section should have a clear purpose and a logical flow. You can use headings, subheadings, bullet points, or numbers to organize your sections.
  • Use interactive tools to enhance your presentation : The chief benefit of interactive tools is that they make your presentation more engaging and memorable. For example, you can use live polls to gauge your audience’s opinion, Q&A sessions to answer their questions, quizzes to test their knowledge, and word clouds to capture their views. Interactive tools can also help you adapt your presentation to your audience’s needs and interests, based on their responses.
  • Practice and rehearse your presentation : Before you deliver your presentation, you should practice and rehearse it several times. This will help you improve your delivery, timing, and confidence. You can use tools like Presenter Coach in PowerPoint to get feedback and suggestions on your speech. You can also record yourself and watch your performance, or ask someone to give you constructive criticism.

Once you have your presentation nailed down, it’s time to move onto the next step: mastering screen sharing.

Step 3: Mastering the Art of Screen Sharing

This is where most people who aren’t tech-savvy stumble. Screen sharing can be tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the technical aspects of it. While modern platforms offer a plug-and-play approach, they don’t always get it right the first time.

But it’s easier than it looks if you take proper measures: 

  • Choose the right platform : The choice depends on the size and type of your audience. And on how well the platform integrates with your presentation tool of choice. For example, Zoom is a popular and easy-to-use tool that lets you share your screen with up to 1000 participants. Other platforms you can consider are Webex, MicroSoft Teams, and Google Meet.
  • Test your screen sharing before the presentation : Nothing is more frustrating than having technical issues during your presentation. To avoid this, you should test your screen sharing before the actual event. Make sure you have a stable internet connection, a clear audio and video quality, and a compatible device. A common issue is having the software use your webcam’s microphone over your main one. Ideally, you should do a practice run with a friend or colleague and ask them to give you feedback on your screen sharing.
  • Share only what you need to share : When you share your screen, you should be careful not to expose any sensitive or irrelevant information to your audience. It’s best to only share a specific application, rather than your entire screen. You may also want to set your device on “do not disturb” mode to avoid notifications.

Once you’ve made sure you have screen sharing on lock, it’s time to prepare for potential issues that could arise during the presentation.

Step 4: Preparing for Technical Contingencies

Sorry, but technical issues don’t care about your meticulous planning. That’s why it’s crucial to anticipate potential challenges and have contingency plans in place to mitigate disruptions. 

Here’s how you minimize potential failures:

  • Establish Backup Solutions : Prepare backup solutions to address common technical issues that may occur. This could involve having alternative presentation formats ready, such as PDF versions of your slides, in case of software malfunction. Additionally, ensure access to technical support resources or assistance in case immediate troubleshooting is required.
  • Conduct a Dry Run : Before the actual presentation, conduct a dry run to simulate potential technical scenarios and test your contingency plans. This allows you to identify and address any issues proactively, ensuring a smoother presentation experience on the day of the event.
  • Communicate with Participants: Communicate with participants in advance about the possibility of technical challenges and the steps they can take to troubleshoot on their end. Provide clear instructions for accessing technical support or alternative methods of participation if needed.
  • Remain Flexible and Adaptive : Lastly, maintain flexibility and adaptability during the presentation in response to any unforeseen technical issues that may arise. Stay calm and composed, and be prepared to implement your backup solutions seamlessly to minimize disruptions and ensure a successful presentation experience for all participants.

All good so far? It’s finally time for the last step: delivering your presentation.

Step 5: Delivering Your Presentation

Once your presentation is polished and your audience is gathered, it's showtime. The key here is confidence and clarity. Make sure your slides complement your talk rather than repeat it. 

Here’s where all the preparation you’ve done comes together. To make the most use of it, do the following:

  • Interact with your audience : Engage your audience throughout the presentation by asking questions, encouraging participation, and addressing their comments or concerns. This interaction not only keeps them actively involved but also helps create a more memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
  • Maintain eye contact : Even though you're presenting remotely, try to maintain eye contact with your webcam. This helps create a sense of connection and engagement with your audience, making them feel like you're speaking directly to them.
  • Speak clearly and confidently : Project your voice and speak clearly so that everyone can hear and understand you. Confidence in your delivery will instill confidence in your audience and keep them engaged throughout the presentation.
  • Use visual aids effectively : Your slides should support your presentation, not detract from it. Use visuals sparingly and make sure they enhance your message rather than overwhelm it. Keep your slides simple, with minimal text and eye-catching visuals.
  • Manage your time wisely : Keep track of time during your presentation to ensure you cover all the key points within the allotted time frame. Be mindful of your pace and avoid rushing through or lingering too long on any one topic.
  • End with a strong conclusion : Summarize the main points of your presentation and leave your audience with a clear takeaway or call to action. A strong conclusion helps reinforce your message and leaves a lasting impression on your audience.

Following these guidelines drastically raises the chances of your presentation having an impact on your audience.

Wrapping Up

Hosting a solid remote presentation is easier than it looks. You don’t need special technical abilities, nor do you need an elaborate setup. All it takes is careful planning, clear communication, and a dash of confidence. 

With the right tools and approach, you can captivate your audience and deliver a memorable presentation from the comfort of your own space.

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The ProPresenter Guide to Presentation Remotes (Clickers)

It is common for a speaker on stage to desire to control their own slide changes. Presentation Remotes or “clickers” can be a great solution for this. There are 3 main options for this: generic and cheap remotes, the production industry standard, and apps which can provide more flexibility and control.

Generic remotes: the Logitech R400, R800 and similar

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Logitech makes a couple of very common models, and there are a ton of similar options on Amazon or the local office supply store. These work the way you’d expect: they have buttons to go forward/back, and maybe buttons to clear the screen, or a laser to point with. They generally use the same spectrum as WiFi, and have a range up to 100’ or so. They generally cost $20-$150 (the R400 is $70), and have a dongle that plugs into the computer over USB to receive the signal.

The downside is using the WiFi spectrum, so the range and reliability drops in WiFi-crowded areas, like office buildings with lots of Wifi routers. Some clickers do come with Bluetooth, which uses a different frequency spectrum, and could give better connection results depending on which class of Bluetooth device it is (Class 1 is over 100m, Class 3 is under 10m).

Pros: Easy to use, plug and play.

Cons: Can miss clicks or have complete dropouts in Wifi-crowded areas.

Gold standard: DSAN PerfectCue

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DSAN makes the industry standard for presentation remotes in their PerfectCue system. It uses frequencies in the AM radio range, so there’s no conflicts with WiFi, and the transmitter range is more than 250’. The receiver can connect to 2 computers simultaneously, so a backup machine stays in sync. It also supports multiple systems in proximity to each other, if you’re doing a conference with multiple presentations in adjacent rooms. However there is one catch: the price tag starts around $350 and gets into the thousands pretty quickly.

Pros: It’s the best. Great range, great reliability, designed for mission-critical applications.

Cons: Cost. Starts at $350 and gets into the low thousands for more elaborate systems.

Modern option: ProRemote App

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The ProPresenter Remote app is available on Android and iOS , and allows the presenter to control ProPresenter using the WiFi. It’s affordable, works well, and connects directly to ProPresenter. It also works on both tablets and smartphones and shows images of each of the slides, making it as simple as possible for speakers to control their own slides, especially if they bounce around a lot between slides.

Pros: Cheapest option, custom-built for ProPresenter, shows thumbnails of each slide, enables speakers to jump around easily.

Cons: Requires your mobile device to be connected to the same network as ProPresenter machine, and to be able to communicate. Bad WiFi, poor connectivity, and firewalls can block this.

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10 remote presentation tips to keep participants engaged

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Finding it hard to adjust your presentations to a remote setting? Delivering remote presentations isn’t entirely that different from regular ones. The main challenge remains keeping your audience engaged so they’re not tempted to look at their phone or browse the web instead.

That’s exactly what we’re going to focus on through the following 10 tried-and-tested tips for delivering effective remote presentations. Feel free to use these techniques for presenting remotely for your team meetings, online events, and webinars alike.

Always plan and practice ahead of time

While not everyone is naturally born as an amazing speaker, we can all practice to deliver a mindblowing presentation that will be memorable not only for the information you share but also for your exposition skills. 

The first step is ensuring you’ve got the right remote presentation tools to work with. This includes your lights and any headset, microphone, and speaker you might need to improve the quality of the stream. Look through all of the Amazon reviews, starting from the negative ones, to see how your options already perform for similar purposes. You can then use the Krisp app with any of the audio solutions to clear up the sound so no noise passes through.

To prevent unanticipated hardware or software crashes during the remote presentation, run a tech check a couple of hours beforehand. Malte Scholz, CEO and Co-Founder at Airfocus , turns to having a tech expert help with this task:

“I find it very challenging to hold a presentation and worry about slides and other tech things. Sometimes I need to look at some notes on my computer which is impossible if I’m the one sharing the screen. For these reasons, I always have a tech person who shares the presentation and makes sure nobody is experiencing any issues. This person should be able to take care of things and make decisions independently, without interrupting you in when presenting remotely.” 

Once you know there’s nothing that could go wrong from a tech side, you’ll be less stressed and can now focus better on your own presentation delivery. Practice the entire presentation from start to finish at least once and write down any points you might forget to mention:

“ I get nervous while I present something online, especially since I cannot feel the energy in the room and make real connections. Because I know how easy it is to distract me, I try to do everything I can to avoid this scenario. This means practicing my full presentation at least once before the actual event. 

I don’t just go over my notes but give a full speech to my laptop. While I speak without the audience, I can focus on myself and improve bits and pieces of my presentation. This helps me relax during the actual event. ” – Mikkel Andreassen, Customer Experience Manager at Dixa

If you think there’s a high chance of something going wrong like your camera stopping all of a sudden or audio lagging, put together backup plans. Have an extra camera or mic at hand, ensure your phone’s Internet data allowances can cover in case your Wi-Fi connection drops, or even keep a secondary laptop at hand.

Have someone else help you with the presentation

Depending on the scale of the remote presentation, you’ll need someone to help you with a tech, design, or administrative task. From checking if everything is ok before the start of an event to monitoring everything during the actual presentation.

In particular, if you’re taking questions from an audience with over 100 active members, you’ll need a moderator. This person can select the questions, send resources to people whose inquiries can be answered through an existing post of yours, and even remove spam from the chat.

To maintain full control of the discussion, have this person establish the ground rules and etiquette even before people sign up for the event. They can receive a brief list of conditions to attend the presentation and only receive an invite once they accept the terms.

And the moderator’s duty doesn’t stop here. They’ll be responsible for all the follow-ups, sending a recording to everyone who missed the presentation, or putting together a blog post summary of the event.

Get your camera set up correctly

Don’t hold a presentation from a coffee shop. Choose an environment that keeps any distractions away and allows you to easily fix tech issues by quickly switching your device. 

Background props are fine as long as they don’t take all the attention. For instance, an educational remote presentation could use a couple of accessories and fun aids. You can also use the background strategically to fit in an unobtrusive call-to-action or product ad.

The way you place your camera though plays a huge part in helping you recreate the visual face-to-face interaction of a traditional presentation setting. Here’s everything to keep in check when setting up your camera for a remote presentation:

  • Use natural light as often as possible and place light in front of you rather than on the side or behind you.
  • Match the camera with your eye-level so the recording looks like you’re looking directly at the audience. Have the camera set up on top of your laptop or place a couple of books underneath the laptop in case your desk is too low. Keep the laptop at a 90 degrees angle at all times to ensure the recording stays the same.
  • Look into the camera when presenting remotely, not at yourself. This lets you make virtual eye contact with the audience.

“As a facilitator that gives formal remote presentations, I have two camera options at my workstation. The first is the normal webcam I use when seated. It’s placed at eye-level and allows me to be on video while I access my computer and entire desk. The second camera is placed higher and further back on a tripod. I can switch to this second one at any moment and it allows me to give standing presentations too. 

The audience views me from the waist and above and it increased my “stage” as I can walk around. If I have virtual background images, it allows me to point and “touch” more images as my background is larger on screen. I can still access my desk and laptop when needed, and I might use a slide remote to change backgrounds or other virtual content as I present standing up.” – Robert Kienzle, Senior Consultant at Knowmium.

Invest in good visuals for your remote presentations

Long gone are the days when plain text on a white background was enough to support your claims. Today, every single slide you create matters. Use visuals as proof of your statements and to build trust in your expertise from the first seconds of presenting remotely.

Here are all of the best practices to keep in mind when creating your slides:

  • Opt for a good design that matches your brand . It’s now time to consider delegating this task to the designer in your team or outsourcing this duty to impress your audience. 

For stunning virtual presentation layouts and templates, turn to Dribbble and Behance where you’ll also be able to find top designers to help you with this:

  • Diversify the layout of your slides. Having one slide only with 3 sentences on it is fine as long as the next one is image-centric. Opt for a slightly different layout for each slide based on its purpose: quotes, facts, statements, images, videos, lists, contact information, etc. Imagine you’re creating the layout for a magazine. Would its pages be repetitive?
  • Use a template as a last-minute option or for small team presentations. Large-scale events where your presentation can help you score a partnership or client will always be better off with an original design.
  • Spend no more than 20 seconds on a slide. To do this, you first need to distribute your facts evenly. Having less than 15-20 words on a slide will ensure you don’t have that much to say so you’ll naturally move on to the following section.
  • Having a top-notch design doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to show your face as you’re presenting remotely. The majority of people consider face-to-face interactions vital for any business partnerships be it within meetings or networking events. With virtual presentations, in-person communication will never be possible but you can still put a face to your name and voice as well as maintain eye contact through the camera.

Sara McGuire, Content Marketing Manager at Venngage , completes this list with her own one-of-a-kind tips:

“Because you’re losing the element of an in-person presence, you need to compensate for that by making your slides interesting to look at and more effective at communicating your message. Some best practices for designing an engaging remote presentation are:

  • Make the first 30 seconds of your presentation count.
  • Compare and contrast your solution with the status quo.
  • Use visual aids to summarize and clarify your big ideas.
  • Get your audience involved to build trust and rapport using polls or a chat.
  • Use a clean, consistent presentation layout and design.
  • Eliminate extraneous detail to focus on core concepts.”

Improve your speech and sound when presenting remotely

What people hear is more important than ever when presenting remotely. Keep in mind that a presentation doesn’t flow like a meeting, so people can’t just drop any to ask you to repeat something.

Practice your speech beforehand and record it so you can identify any things that might not be heard correctly. For larger events, remote or not, a transcriptionist is a must. Having everything you say written down takes away the audience’s burden to strongly focus on what you’re saying. Plus, it removes any misunderstandings that could lie behind an accent or you not speaking loudly enough.

Another thing that could literally annoy your audience is constant background noise. Traffic, dogs barking, and people chattering are just three of the most common disruptors that will get listeners to think about where that sound comes from instead of what you’re saying. A solution like Krisp automatically removes the background noises from your live or recorded virtual presentations. It works with any tool you’re using from Zoom and Google Hangouts to Slack and over 800 more apps.

For extra clarity, learn to slow down. You don’t have to finish everything in 5 minutes. The coherence of your remote presentation has priority. So take sentences one at a time, with breaks in between to give people a couple of seconds to fully comprehend what you’re saying.

Maintaining the presentation interactive and engaging listeners

To differentiate your remote presentations from the other companies have created, find your own ways of keeping your audience engaged. As many as 70% of marketers believe interactive content is what keeps audiences engaged while 64% of people see a two-way interaction more effective at engaging people compared to a linear one.

You’ve got infinite options here, including:

  • Ask people to share their feedback after a section of your presentation.
  • Get people to prepare questions before the start of the remote presentation.
  • Have your audience share fun or informative bits of the presentation in real-time via Twitter through a common hashtag.
  • Set up a chat where people can share their ideas and ask a question.
  • Add in useful activities to gather insights, act as a survey, or just test if your listeners were paying attention.

“You’ve probably been on a Zoom call where everyone went on mute right away. The problem is that the presenter then gets no feedback via casual remarks, laughs, or similar. This challenge is even worse when you go into the full-presentation mode and can’t see the others on screen. 

Instead, encourage attendees to keep their microphones on, and even more so encourage them to use it! Ask icebreaker questions, call on people, and otherwise find ways for folks to participate. That is the best way to prevent people from surfing off to other corners of the Internet during your presentation.” – Michael Alexis, CEO at TeamBuilding.

Steer clear from annoying habits and mistakes

The worst thing you can do to have your listeners close the presentation [yes, that’s easier to do compared to leaving the room for in-person presentations] is to keep your presentation repetitive or unintelligible. 

Common mistakes during remote presentations include simply reading from the slides, speeding up your speech, speaking slowly, or moving back and forth between slides because you forgot to say one thing at the previous one. All of these small habits confuse participants and give you a bad virtual rating.

Other frequent errors that can compromise the remote presentations’ success include forgetting to introduce yourself or not explaining complex topics some of your listeners might not be familiar with. Not everyone will be aware of who you are and the main reason people are probably signing up for the presentation is to learn something new from scratch. Clearly give a definition of any new terms or concepts you’re using and highlight the exact element or images you’re talking about using the on-screen drawing pen tool or shapes and arrows.

Ensure you’ll have enough time to take on extra questions or fit in unexpected tech and connectivity problems

Have you ever held a presentation and realized you forgot to mention one important thing only after it was done?

When announcing the presentation’s length or an event’s schedule, add at least 15 extra minutes to the time you first estimated. This helps you avoid rushing the presentation and allows you to take on enough questions at the end. Plus, if you think you forgot anything, you can fit it within the context during the Q&A session.

From a technical standpoint, Tom Winter, Co-Founder at DevSkiller , also shared his own takeaways:

“Always account for the unexpected and give yourself extra time for effective remote presentations. There are bound to be people that get disconnected during the meeting or are interrupted by their family or pets. Calculate at least 15 more minutes. You will always need time to answer extra questions or wait for one of the attendees to find a stable Wi-Fi connection. 

With everyone working from home these days, you need to make sure that you have enough bandwidth to run your meeting. So if your kids are playing Call of Duty online or streaming HD movies on Netflix, ask them nicely to find an offline activity until you are done. 

If this doesn’t work, either manually configure your home router to limit the connection from their connected devices IP address or better yet, get a dedicated router just for your home office, ideally hardwired with a LAN cable to your computer. This will help you avoid many headaches while hosting remote meetings as you will have a steady Internet connection that won’t easily get disrupted.”

Find unique ways of adapting your presentation to every single audience

The top and flow of your remote presentation should be motivating to the participant. To ensure people will want to interact with you, you can’t keep the same format for all audience types. Some aspects to take into consideration here are pre-existing knowledge of the topic, expectations, presentation setting, demographics, audience size, and more.

Next are two distinct cases with their own particular approaches:

  • For small groups of fewer than 10 people, you can take the time to ask every single person one or two questions. In other words, when the time allows for it, initiate the engagement yourself. You can also gather their feedback via the chat so you can adapt the presentation as you go, keeping it in tone with their topics of interest.
  • What about people who want to see your presentation but can’t attend? Make recording your remote presentations a habit. Let them know from the moment they sign up for the event that you’ll send the recording to everyone on the list. This takes away the pressure to make it on time and allows them to easily review the presentation at any time after. To improve your own remote presentation skills, review these yourself from time to time and reflect on the things you can improve.

“Keep your presentation human centered and find ways to prepare for every single audience ahead of time. Ask attendees what they want to get out of this session either through a message a couple of days before the meeting or at the start of the meeting. Spot misaligned expectations (if any) and address them right away. A good idea would be to ask for quick feedback when they sign up for the event so you’ll know what to focus on in your presentation.” – Julia Paskaleva, Founder at We Mavericks.

Don’t leave people hanging!

For effective remote presentations, give attendees a call-to-action (CTA) or link to a free resource they can check out to learn more. “Don’t forget to download our guide!”, “We’ve prepared a special ebook for all participants.”, or “Join our free community and take part in the discussion there.” are all good CTA ideas to use. So whether you created the presentation to sell, expand your network, or just increase brand awareness, use that core goal within your CTA too.

Tell them what they’re supposed to do next and how they can use the information you just shared. If you want them to take part in a project you run, instruct them on the general outline and send them a detailed guide to what their role would be.

“My number one tip would be to not leave people hanging! It’s likely your presentation included a ton of useful information, but all of it can go to waste if you don’t give them an action item. Running an internal presentation? Ask the team to get back to you with one piece of feedback about whatever it is you presented. Is it a webinar or similar external presentation? Call upon the participants to sign up to your blog, connect with you on LinkedIn or whatever it is that fits with your current goals.” – Katheriin Liibert, Head of Marketing at Outfunnel

Don’t forget to leave them your email address or social media account so they can contact you for future questions or opportunities. To keep things more personal, make time for brief meetings with people who are interested in learning more. You can also send a follow-up together with the recording of the presentation to remind them of a resource they didn’t download or a survey they haven’t yet completed.

These might seem like a lot of remote presentation tips you apply at once, but taking them one by one will ensure that you’ve got all points covered in a timely manner. 

The #1 best practice to keep in mind though is making sure you would enjoy your presentation if someone else showed it to you. Practice the presentation ahead of time and record it so you can analyze it and see if there’s anything that needs to be changed or if you can fit in some fun activities to keep your audience engaged.

To truly exceed everyone’s expectations, stay away from the “this will do” mentality. Invest in good design and tech equipment that will turn your boring remote presentations into professional ones. This is the first aspect that will capture people’s attention and get them eager to hear what you have to say.

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7 Tips for a Captivating Remote Presentation

7 Tips for a Captivating Remote Presentation

In terms of their personal fears, most people rank public speaking higher than death. The level of trepidation most of us feel when the spotlight is on us is strong—and if we don’t have much experience in speaking with authority in front of others, it can seem all the more frightening.

For remote professionals, the scenario may seem different on the surface. What’s so worrisome when you’re behind a screen in a familiar, comfortable environment? Whether you’re leading a public-facing webinar or working through a client presentation, you’ll still likely face a variety of challenges even in your preferred workspace .

Here are my seven recommended components to making a killer impression the next time it’s your turn to make a remote presentation:

Confident and concise introductions..

A strong start will go a long way in commanding others’ attention and respect as you launch into your talk. But first, you’ve got to show your appreciation for their time by making your introduction—that is, the “about you” sentence or two and the overview of your topic—short and punchy. Too many speakers unnecessarily lengthen this lead-in as if they need a runway for takeoff. Instead, keep your introduction to 90 seconds or less, and you’ll have won your audience over before you’ve even truly begun.

Thoughtful slide design and imagery.

There’s so much to say about this that it’s difficult to know where to begin, other than to recommend prioritizing sensitivity for others’ needs and perspectives above all. Make sure slide text contains enough of a color contrast and is legible. Use fewer words and more photos or illustrations. If you’d like to include people, select images that reflect more diverse groups. Also watch out for stock photos where only men appear to be speaking, or sports-related selections that may come across as ableist for those with disabilities.

A compelling narrative.

Think of the last time you heard a memorable talk; what stood out to you? I’m betting it was a story. Depending upon your line of work, what you’re discussing may not be the world’s most inspiring topic, but you most certainly can and should make it more interesting by weaving in a good story . Relying on numbers alone to get your point across simply won’t work as well. Studies have shown that we’re better able to retain and recall stories rather than statistics, so bring your data home with a personal anecdote or tale that will resonate.

A technical backup plan.

You may not be a troubleshooting wizard, but in this day and age there’s no excuse for allowing a common glitch to totally sideline your polished webinar or slide deck. Being prepared to resolve the most likely technical issues is key , even if it means switching to a second medium. Common difficulties can range from screen-sharing malfunctions, audio problems, low bandwidth, high latency for video streaming, and conferencing technology failure—but if you’re adaptable, you’ll be able to roll with the punches.

An audience-centered presentation.

It’s your show, but the focus should be on what your listeners and viewers will get out of this. From the moment you begin conceptualizing your talk until your last practice run, you’ll want to ensure that the benefits of investing their time are clear throughout. Presenters who prioritize their audience’s needs will have the best odds of holding their attention from the introduction to the thank yous—and will likely benefit more from networking and resource sharing opportunities afterwards.

Organized Q&A sessions.

Even the most engaging demos and lectures can fall flat at the end if a question-and-answer session is mishandled. Giving your viewers an opportunity to participate is a fantastic way to secure immediate feedback and to satisfy any burning questions. Offer clear instructions regarding when and how participants can submit queries, including in what order they’ll be addressed, as well as ways to reach you if time runs out. If folks are shy, have a few FAQs ready to share to encourage involvement.

Habits to avoid.

With remote speaking engagements, much of the same best practices from face-to-face scenarios apply. Here’s a quick checklist on how to avoid some common remote fails :

  • Don’t read your slides or rely on them fully to convey your points (again, in case of tech failure);
  • Watch out for distracting vocal or facial tics, including the excessive usage of filler words during pauses or less-than-confident qualifiers;
  • Speak at a slower cadence than that of your normal conversational speech;
  • Avoid repetitive or grandiose hand gestures, as this can detract from your credibility and/or seem out of place in the context of a computer screen;
  • Be mindful of your appearance, if on video, including appropriate dress and grooming, as well as your backdrop (clutter doesn’t look good on camera!).

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How to Run Presentations on Google Slides Remotely (With Phone App)

Laura Spencer

Imagine this. You're meeting with an important client. They're very interested in your product. And, you've got the perfect Google Slides presentation that'll answer all their questions. It's too bad you didn't bring any equipment to make your presentation with.

Or did you?

If you've got the right app and/or a simple device you can use your smart phone like a remote control. This allows you to give your Google Slides presentation on a TV or monitor. You'll also need access to WiFi.

Whether you make presentations as part of your job or just occasionally, knowing how to run a presentation from your phone can come in handy for unexpected situations. You never know when the equipment for a planned presentation won't work properly. Using your phone or other smart device as a remote to run your presentation makes a good backup plan.

Run your Google Slides presentation remotely

In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics about making a Google Slides presentation remotely with your smart device. We'll show you how to use the Google Slides app to run your Google Slides presentation from your iPhone or iPad with an Apple TV using Apple's AirPlay mirroring feature. We'll also discuss Google's Chromecast feature for Android devices and explain how it works.

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Now let's learn all about running Google Slides presentations remotely using your phone or smart device.

Use Your iOS Device to Run Google Slides Remotely

If you've got access to an Apple TV, the Google Slides app lets you show your Google Slides presentation from your iOS device. Use Apple TV's AirPlay Mirroring feature to show the presentation slides on your Apple TV.

Start by downloading the Google Slides App from the Apple Store onto your iPad or iPhone. Click the Get button on the Apple Store screen to start the download process:

Download Google Slides App

Click the Install button. Next, click the Open button to open the Google Slides app on your iOS device:

Opening Google Slides on an iOS Device

Click the Sign-In button in the lower left corner to sign in to your Google account.

Note: If you've not used your Google account on this device before you may receive a security notification in your Gmail account.

Google Slides opens on your iPad or iPhone with thumbnails of some of the most recent presentations showing:

Recent Google Slides Presentation

Click on the presentation you wish to open. Your Google Slides presentation opens on your device:

Open Google Slides Presentation

For this tutorial, we're using a presentation based on the popular Everland Google Slides theme  from GraphicRiver.

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Once your presentation is open, use your Apple TV remote to turn on your Apple TV. Swipe up on your iPad or iPhone screen from the bottom to see the AirPlay Mirroring option:

AirPlay Mirroring on iPad

Click the AirPlay Mirroring button on the bottom left. A pop-up menu appears. Select the Apple TV option from the pop-up menu. Your presentation is now visible on the Apple TV screen, however, it does not take up the whole TV screen—at least not yet.

To get your presentation to take up the whole screen on your Apple TV, click the right arrow icon on the menu on the upper left of the presentation screen on your iOS device:

Presentation Drop-Down Menu

A drop-down menu appears. Select the Present to external display option. Your Google Slides presentation now fills the screen on your Apple TV.

Use the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen on your iOS device to move through the presentation. You can also use the Google Slides Speaker Notes or the Q&A features during your presentation. For more information on the Google Slides Q&A and Speaker Notes features, study the following Envato Tuts+ tutorials:

  • 14+ (Quick) Professional Tips to Using Google Slides Better .
  • How to Present Your Google Slides Slideshow Presentation .

When you're done showing your presentation, turn off AirPlay Mirroring . Swipe up on the screen of iOS device:

Turn Off AirPlay Mirroring

Click the Apple TV button. From the pop-up menu, select the Turn Off AirPlay Mirroring option. Your presentation is no longer visible on your Apple TV.

Use Your Android Device to Run Google Slides Remotely

If you've got an Android table or smart phone, you can also use your device to make your Google Slides presentation. You'll need a Chromecast device and a WiFi connection.

A Chromecast device is a piece of hardware from Google that allows you to stream content from your computer or smart device to your TV. It plugs into your TV's HDMI port using a connector cable.

The most common use of Chromecast devices is to play content from services like Netflix or Hulu. The screen mirroring feature is what allows you to show your Google Slides presentation on a TV. Casting only works on a device running Android 4.4.2 or later. The Android device also has to be optimized for Chromecast. Google has provided a list of supported devices here .

Unfortunately I don't own a Chromecast device, so I can't provide screenshots. But here's what you need to know about how the casting process works: 

Once you've got your Chromecast device, connect it to your TV. How you connect the device varies depending on which type of Chromecast device you are using. For detailed instructions on how to connect your particular Chromecast device to your TV, review Google's instructions . You'll also need to set up a password for your Chromecast device and name the device.

Make sure that you've got the Google Slides app installed on your Android device. If you don't already have the app, download it from the Google Store. Your TV and your smart device or laptop should be connected to the same WiFi network for you to use the Chromecast device. Plus, the microphone of your Android device must be turned on in Google Play Services section of your Android settings or you won't be able to mirror your device screen.

Once everything is properly set up, open the Google Slides app on your Android device. Choose the presentation you want to make. Click the Present option on your Google Slides presentation. 

A drop-down menu displays. Select the Present on another screen option from the drop-down menu. Choose your Chromecast device from the list. You can now display your presentation on the TV that is connected to the Chromecast device.

When you're done making your Google Slides presentation, simply stop casting the screen to the TV.

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Don't ever be caught without access to a vital business presentation ever again. Use the right tools and you can run your Google Slides presentation using your smart phone or other smart device as a remote, as long as you are connected to WiFi. 

Apple AirPlay's Mirroring feature and Google's Chromecast device are good backup options to make sure that you can give a Google Slide presentation whenever you need to.

Whether making Google Slides presentations is part of your job or just something you do once in a while, it's a good idea to learn how to give your presentation using a smart device. 

Learn more about how to use Google Slides in these tutorials: 

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Also, be sure to practice using your smart device as a remote to make your presentation before you have to depend on using it for an important meeting. By practicing, you'll know exactly what to do and how to do it when the time comes to make your presentation live.

Do you use your smart device as a remote to make Google presentations? If so, share your tips in the comments below.

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How To Give Remote Presentations Without Feeling Super Awkward

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These days, you’re more and more likely to find yourself giving a remote presentation to a virtual roomful of colleagues or clients. Remote work is a growing trend across the world, and it has rapidly become a new reality for millions of people with the COVID-19 outbreak forcing many to stay home and adapt to life outside of the office.

All of this working from home means that the presentations you used to give to a group of people in a conference room now have to happen digitally. Public speaking is scary enough, but giving a conference call presentation can be even more intimidating! Especially if you’re worried about technology cooperating.

Sound like full-blown anxiety meltdown material? Relax—it’s not! Remote presentations are different than conventional, in-person meetings, but it’s helpful to keep things in perspective. Even if you are new to working from home , giving a conference call presentation is still just sharing ideas with others. So, if you have experience presenting in person you’ll be able to make the transition to a virtual meeting setting with a few minor tweaks.

To make your video conferencing meeting the best possible, we’ve put together this two-part guide to the top remote presentation tools and effective virtual meeting tips, including dos and don’ts from online professionals and how to get through even the worst worst-case scenario.

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Part One: Choosing your remote presentation tools

Video conferencing, creating presentations, engaging your audience, part two: tips for giving great remote presentations, prepare the tech for your remote presentation in advance, get the space for your remote presentation ready, keep in mind who you’re talking to in your remote presentation, remember you’re on camera during your remote presentation.

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Choosing your remote presentation tools

If you’re not used to attending or arranging meetings online, figuring out the technology can feel like a huge hurdle.

To get you started, these are our favorite tools out there for hosting virtual meetings and giving video conference call presentations:

Trying to find a time for your remote meeting can feel more intimidating than the meeting itself. But nowadays there are plenty of tools to take the hassle out of scheduling.

Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar , for example, both have a built-in feature to find the best time for a group to get together. Or check out these tools to clear up time zone confusion:

  • Doodle – platform for participants to share their availability for meetings
  • The World Clock – simple way to quickly check the time in multiple cities
  • timeanddate.com – huge selection of scheduling calculators, including an event time announcer to make it clear what time your meeting will be in any location

If your company or organization hasn’t already chosen one, you can pick from lots of conference call meeting services like:

  • Zoom – our favorite, for its features that make interacting easy
  • Google Hangouts – a tried and true free tool
  • Microsoft Teams Meetings – integrates seamlessly with other Office 365 tools and services

You can also look at Skype , GoToMeeting , and Blue Jeans for more options.

To make the slides or other visuals for your presentation, you can use tools from Google ( Slides ), Microsoft ( PowerPoint ), or Apple ( Keynote ). Or try some with a twist like:

  • Prezi – templates and drag-and-drop design to make visually unique presentations
  • SlideDog – combines media like PDFs, video, websites, spreadsheets, etc. into a presentation package
  • Visme – good-looking graphics and interactive content

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And, if you really want to keep people interested in your presentation, consider collaborative tools like:

  • digital whiteboards from Microsoft Whiteboard or Miro
  • group mind mapping with Lucidchart or MindMeister
  • polling and q&a with Poll Everywhere or Slido

Tips for giving great remote presentations

Now that you have tools to make presenting online easier, let’s dig into four of the most important ways you can overcome the challenges of getting your point across virtually.

Before you make your virtual presentations, you can—and you should!— make sure your tools and equipment are good to go.

Use a mic or headphones Cybersecurity specialist Gary Bushey ( Gary Bushey LLC ) suggests following up your desk solution with a reliable microphone.

The Blue Yeti is an excellent free-standing, USB-powered mic for about $130, but even the earbuds that came with your phone will do a better job at delivering your voice clearly and cutting down background noise than your computer’s built-in mic.

Get set up Have your laptop charged up or, better yet, plugged in and notification sounds and pop-ups turned off to prevent unwanted surprises during your presentation. Double check that all the software and files you need are downloaded and updated.

And set a reminder to shut down any unnecessary windows and programs while you’re presenting and ask your family or roommates to hold off on streaming videos or games so you have the best possible connection for any working from home meetings.

(Tip: The One Tab Chrome extension or Safari’s multiple bookmarks option is a fast way to hide but still save tabs from your browser.)

Do a test run Plan time for getting your tools running and doing the final edits on your presentation. Then try out all the tech you’ll be using and review your slides at least a day or so in advance so you have time to fix any issues or make any changes you need to.

If it’s your first video presentation, ask a teammate who’s experienced with them to work with you to check your set-up and troubleshoot any issues.

Even though you won’t be in the same room as your audience, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to think about the space you’ll be in for your remote presentation.

Adjust your background Make sure there’s nothing visible that’s blatantly unprofessional or distracting—for instance, I make sure my laundry basket and dishes from lunch aren’t on-screen whenever I meet with our editorial team.

And be sure that your lighting isn’t shining straight into the camera or throwing any dark shadows. (Tip: A window or a lamp facing you gives the best effect.)

Get some privacy Try to keep any pets, kids, or other folks who happen to be home out of the room while you’re presenting. As much as you love them, a cameo from them probably isn’t appropriate now.

And if a toddler does come running during your video call, it’s not the end of the world. Remember this viral video of the BBC reporter whose children interrupted his interview ? “Most people understand,” Bushey says. You should simply take a quick pause to usher your unwanted guest along.

remote presentation screenshot of BBC reporter whose children interrupted his interview

Stand up Take advantage of an upright desk or other way to avoid sitting while you speak. John Nicholson, Principal at Marketade , says, in his experience, standing instantly puts you into presentation mode. It gives you a boost of energy and confidence, and it keeps you alert and ready to react.

One of the unique aspects of virtual conferences is that they give you a chance to work with new colleagues and diverse talent from all over the world that you otherwise wouldn’t work with. So, it’s worth taking advantage of this.

Connect with the humans in the virtual room When you give a presentation in an actual conference room, chances are, you don’t just dive right in. You start with casual small talk, or, even better, by asking how others are doing. Opening up in this way builds a connection between you and the people you’re presenting to. Beyond that, it gives you a hint as to where people are at, which means you can reach them better while speaking.

You can do the same before a virtual presentation—rather than jumping in, take a minute to acknowledge the humans present on the conference call. If a joke feels fitting, you can make one to lighten the mood.

Whatever you do, find a way to connect with the other members of the call before starting your scheduled programming.

Watch the clock Just because there isn’t another team waiting outside the door for the next meeting, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore how long your presentation takes. “Everyone’s time is valuable and needs to be respected” says Alexis Davis, Founder and CEO at Hoo-Kong.

Listen to your audience Because you might be presenting to people you don’t usually interact with and it’s easy to accidentally talk over someone in a video meeting, pause for a second before you reply to a question or comment. And don’t worry if it gets ominously quiet.

Nicholson says it’s natural to assume a lingering silence or a subdued response during a call means you’re losing your audience—but this assumption is often a mistake, and you should avoid repeating yourself excessively or giving unsolicited explanations. Instead, if nobody has any questions, simply say “Fantastic! Let’s move on.”

You’re giving a presentation—how could you possibly not remember that people are looking at you? But, between sharing your screen, trying to follow comments in chat, and getting through your talking points, it’s actually not unusual to forget that you’re being watched.

Give yourself a cue If you’re scanning your notes or looking at another monitor, your audience might think you’re not paying attention. And, even when you are, it’s easy to focus on watching your own image instead of looking at the camera.

Avoid these distracting habits by simply sticking a note above your webcam that reminds you to “Look Here!”.

Be aware of what you’re sharing Kindra Svendsen, Director of Digital Marketing Services at Speak Creative , says she’s witnessed plenty of goofs when clients don’t realize they’re visible or when a presenter accidentally shares a window with personal info in it.

Bushey recommends preventing this by clearing out anything on your computer’s desktop or browser that you don’t want seen.

(Tip: You can tidy up your computer quickly by moving any desktop files into one folder to sort out later.)

Compensate for missing signals Not having body language to back up your message can be a tricky part of remote presentations. While Bushey says he always tries to use a conferencing platform like Zoom or Google Hangouts that lets you see your audience, shifts in posture, gestures, and vocal nuances are harder to pick up on video.

And there’s always the issue of people who opt to turn their camera off. To get past this, Davis suggests pausing after every few points to ask for comments or questions.

remote presentation screenshot of Caro Griffin and Rhiannon Cook of Mistobox

What if something goes wrong during my virtual presentation?

But what happens if—despite all your prep—something goes really wrong during an online presentation? We all make mistakes, and sometimes something totally out of your control can happen. The secret to surviving is how you respond when the unexpected occurs.

Cristian Rennella, CEO and Co-Founder of elMejoTrato.com , shares a perfect example of this: “I was presenting our services to a very large international client that for months we’d wanted to move forward in the sales cycle,” Rennella says. In the middle of this important presentation, the largest earthquake Rennella’s city had experienced in 80 years hit out of nowhere, but of course his clients on the other end of the video call had no idea what was happening. “At that moment, I honestly didn’t know what to do,” Rennella says. “[Do I] say [something about] it and stop the presentation, or not say anything and continue?”

Even though it felt like the world was ending on his side of the remote conference, Rennella decided to keep going and finish his presentation, a strange experience that sticks with him to this day. “Luckily everything ended well—no lights [went out, we kept our] internet, [and no one in our office] personally suffered any problems.” And, on top of that, Rennella’s presentation led to a continued working relationship with the client, who’s now the company’s biggest account.

Of course, no one will fault you for stopping and dropping in a situation like that, but Rennella’s story is an example of how reacting calmly can get you through.

Whatever happens, your audience is human too, and, especially with so many of us working from home during quarantine, we all know that sometimes working and presenting remotely means planning for the unplanned.

This article is based on an earlier Skillcrush piece by Scott Morris.

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Increasingly, multinational brands, manufacturers, and retail customers want to demonstrate where individual components of their supply chain have come from, and they have been made sustainably using a triple-bottom-line approach (i.e., social well-being, environmental health, and a just economy). One example is the need for farmers to demonstrate they are transforming their operations into climate-smart landscapes, decarbonising their operations (i.e., minimising inputs) and supply chains to contribute to global net zero, while at the same time being financially sustainable. Others include reduction in inputs including but not limited to precision application of fertilisers (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorus), ameliorants to overcome soil acidity (e.g., lime) and water for irrigation. In the first instance, this requires information on various soil 'conditions' including the 'capacity' of soil to be improved in terms of its soil 'capability'. In this presentation we demonstrate how we develop digital soil maps (DSM) of soil 'capacity' including but not limited to i) physical (mineral surface area [MSA]), ii) biological (carbon [C] and nitrogen [N]), iii) chemical (cation exchange capacity [CEC], and P-sorption [P]), and iv) hydrological (permanent wilting point [PWP], field capacity [FC], plant available water [PAW]), on the Lincoln University Dairy Farm. In this regard, the DSM are developed using digital data collected using either remote (i.e., LiDAR) or proximal sensed (i.e., gamma-ray spectrometry and electromagnetic (EM) induction) data. In this presentation, we show how the individual DSM are stored online (ArcGIS web app) and the rationale for 'Farming digital data' described (ArcGIS Story Map). The final DSMs are described in terms of how knowledge of the heterogeneity of different soil 'capacity' enables a farmer to understand how the 'capability' of soil can be improved, respectively, and in terms of; i) where best to invest in soil organic carbon sequestration initiatives (MSA), ii) how to monitor carbon dioxide/nitrous oxide emissions and microbial population (C:N ratio), iii) more precisely apply fertilisers (e.g., N and P) and ameliorants (e.g., lime and gypsum), and iv) improve water use efficiency with variable rate irrigation (PAW). Brief insights into how these DSMs underpin the development of a Digital Agriculture framework are also presented 'Even when the cows come home'.

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Deliver your next presentation with ease. Office Remote turns your Windows Phone 8 or your Android phone into a remote control for the files on your PC. Just connect your devices using Bluetooth and free yourself to move around and focus on your audience.

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Here’s how you can control your desktop documents with your phone:

Go to the first or last slide in a presentation

View slide thumbnails and jump between slides

Reference speaker notes

View presentation timer and slide count

Use a laser pointer to call attention to key parts of the presentation

Flick between worksheets

Interact with data in PivotTables, filters, and slicers

Zoom in and out

Scroll up and down

Jump to headings in the document

View comments

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To use Office Remote, you’ll need a Bluetooth enabled PC that’s paired with your phone. You’ll also need:

Office 2013 with the Office Remote add-in installed

Windows Phone OS 8 or higher or Android 4.0 or higher.

Office Remote app for Windows Phone or Android phone.

Note:  If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you’ll need a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into your computer’s USB port.

Pair your PC and phone

Go to Bluetooth settings > Bluetooth > On .

On your phone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > On .

When your computer’s name appears on the phone screen and tap to pair.

On your PC, select Ready to pair > Pair .

While pairing, the same PIN will appear on both devices. When you confirm this, the devices will indicate that they’re connected.

Tip:  If this status later changes to “not connected”, don’t worry. Once the two devices are paired, there’s no need to reconnect.

To turn on Bluetooth on a Windows 7 PC, go to Bluetooth Settings , select Options , and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer checkbox. If you can’t find the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, your PC may not have Bluetooth hardware. For more information on connecting your phone to a Windows 7 PC, watch this video .

Use Office Remote to present

After you’ve paired your phone with the PC, do the following:

On your PC, open the file you want to present and on the Office Remote tab, select Office Remote , Turn On .

On your phone, open Office Remote. The file you opened in step 1 and any others that are open on your PC should appear.

Tap to open one and start presenting.

About read-only and protected files

Some features may not work as expected when you present read-only files or files that are stored on a server and open in protected view—examples include the laser pointer and thumbnail view in PowerPoint. If you trust the source of the document, it’s a good idea to enable editing before you start the presentation.

Troubleshoot connection and installation issues

Installation fails because Office 2013 isn’t recognized

If your installation is interrupted with the message “Office 2013 was not found on your machine” even though you have Office 2013, please install the latest update , which fixes this issue.

Connection problems

If you have trouble connecting to the PC, try the following:

On your computer, open the file you want to present and make sure Office Remote is on ( Office Remote > Office Remote > Turn On ).

Make sure your PC and phone are Bluetooth paired.

If you connected previously, but are now receiving error messages, try the following:

Quit and restart the app on your phone and close and reopen the files on the PC. When you reopen the files, check the Office Remote tab of the ribbon to make sure that Office Remote is still on ( Office Remote > Office Remote > Turn On ).

Try resetting everything. Remove the phone from the PC Bluetooth settings and delete the computer name from the phone. Turn Bluetooth off and back on and try pairing again.

Tip:  To delete the computer name from the phone, go to your phone's Settings , tap Bluetooth , tap and hold the computer name, and tap delete .

If you still can’t connect, try restarting both the phone and the PC.

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To get the latest version of Office Remote on your PC, download it here .


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Remote presentations: The only guide you’ll ever need.

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  • March 31, 2020

Remote presentations have become quite the trend in today’s corporate world. Heck, there are reports that state 4 out of 5 corporate presentations are now delivered completely remotely .

That’s incredible!

It’s clear how today’s technology brought some major conveniences in the way we do business. I mean, why would I spend hours of my time commuting to a location to give a 30-minute presentation when I can do the same thing in the comfort of my own home?

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But like all convenient things in life, people take them for granted.

Listen, remote presentations aren’t an excuse to be sloppy. If you’re delivering a remote presentation, then you have to work extra hard to make sure your session’s a success.

Because remote presentations make it easy to lose the one thing that every presentation so desperately needs to be successful: a nurtured human connection.

Okay, I know I sound like a pretentious spiritual guru when I say this, but it’s true.

A key trait for all successful presentations is to treat them like a conversation. And the only way to have a ‘good’ conversation is to make sure the connection between the deliverer and recipient is present.

I know this sounds a bit flaky and intimidating, but don’t worry. In this post, I’ll detail what remote presentations are, establish what makes them effective, discuss their pitfalls, and go over a few tips and tricks to make sure you nail your next remote presentation.

What are remote presentations?

Remote presentations are any presentations that are hosted and facilitated in virtual settings, particularly where the presenter and members of the audience are not physically in the same space.

In most cases, they require an internet connection (I mean, how else are you going to get your slides across?)

Man using laptop with sunset

Some examples of remote presentations include webinars, e-lectures and web-conferences. Heck, if you’re using a tool like Zoom or Skype to share your screen and go over a set of slides, that counts as a remote presentation too!

Why are remote presentations effective?

Two reasons.

First and foremost, you, as a presenter, have immediate access to anyone, anywhere, at any time. I can’t overstate just how much benefit this can bring to just about anybody in this day and age.

A professor in Mexico can teach students in South Africa over an online lecture.

A management consulting company in Australia can go over their findings with their international peers over a webinar.

A presentation design agency made up of people from all over the world (that’s us, by the way) can present their designs to their clients in Massachusetts ( yep, we did this, too! )

Man looking at laptop in remote presentation webinar

The second reason comes with the benefit of the first. Using remote presentations helps everyone involved cut down on time (no more long commutes or travel requirements) and cost (no more expensive hardware like screens or projectors).

The caveats

While we should recognize the enormous amount of benefit that remote presentations can bring, we also have to recognize their downfalls.

Ignore these at your own peril. They can cause some serious reputable damage. Nobody wants to be the guy that colleagues and clients sigh at whenever a presentation is involved.

Interaction and feedback isn’t easy in the virtual world

When you’re on stage, it’s easy to stop at a point, look at an audience member in the eyes, ask a question, receive a response, expand on the audience member’s answer, and move on with the content.

Let’s take a step back now. Why is the process easy?

A presenter can gauge the reaction of the audience, look at someone who has a facial expression of interest, and engage with that member.

In short: the mode of interaction is easy because the audience member’s facial expression invites the presenter to engage with that person.

Does this all sound complicated? Then consider another, more familiar approach.

You’re on stage, and you make a joke to ease the formal tension in the room and get more people relaxed.

If people laugh, your joke was a hit and you were dead on.

If, on the other hand, the audience is dead silent, then you know your joke didn’t land so well, and you need to work on your comedy routine.

The point is, we’re able to interact with the audience because we’re encouraged to do so. The feedback is immediate, and we’re able implement an approach to our delivery to move the content forward.

Now take these contexts and apply them in a remote presentation setting.

Receiving feedback remotely

See the problem now?

We’re not able to immediately understand the feedback our audience is giving us. Yes, there are hints and queues we can pick up on (like an audience member typing “haha” in the chat window after you made a joke in the middle of your presentation), but it just isn’t the same thing.

The point is we have to work extra hard to make sure we can both receive some sort of feedback from the audience, and leverage some sort of interaction based on that response.

I’ll go over some of the methods I personally use later in this post.

Technical difficulties suck when you’re remote

My anxiety is at its peak whenever I host a webinar, because my mind comes back to one question.

“What if the internet dies and I leave my audience stranded?”

technical difficulties in remote presentations

You might think I’m just paranoid, but give me the chance to validate that fear to show you what I mean.

In early 2019, I co-hosted a webinar with the fine folks at LogMeIn’s GoToWebinar. In that webinar, I was set to give a live (yes, live) PowerPoint tutorial to every person that signed up to attend the session.

Over 1,500 people registered for this webinar. In fact, someone at LogMeIn told me that this webinar was the one that had the most amount of registrants by a large margin.

Can you imagine my internet connection dying half way into the session and leaving every single person who attended that session with nothing? Literally wasting their time and devaluing their busy schedules?

Of course, I’m giving the extreme scenario. But technical difficulties don’t have to be so detrimental. Even the smallest challenges can set your remote presentation up for failure.

Things like choppy videos, awful microphones, slow internet connections and trouble registering for and/or joining the remote presentations can cause some serious harm to your remote presentation’s outcomes.

Sure, technical difficulties can happen when you’re delivering a presentation on stage, too. But I’d argue that these technical difficulties can be mitigated quite easily. Projector not working? No problem, get someone from IT to fix it. Still not working? Fine, give out handouts and use the handouts instead of the slides.

But in the remote world? Things are different. People often don’t have the time (and if I’m being really honest? The skills, too) to fix whatever troubles they’re faced with. Decisions have to be made in seconds, not minutes, and a solution needs to be found ASAP.

Distractions and remote presentations go hand-in-hand

Giving a presentation in a conference room? You have the room, and have total control of the outcomes.

Giving a presentation on stage? The venue’s yours, and you know what you’re dealing with.

Giving a presentation remotely? Things change.

And you know what? I could go on for hours about this. But I think this 43 second video can do all the talking for me.

The experience of this poor soul embodies every remote presenter’s worst nightmare.

I digress. The point is, distractions come far and wide when it comes to virtual presentations.

And to make matters worse: Some of these distractions aren’t even in your control.

I was once pitching a sale to a potential client over a Zoom conference call. In the call, I was going over the proposal slide-by-slide.

I was on my game, hitting point after point. I knew I was really, really close to closing that sale.

And then my neighbor in the apartment upstairs thought it would be good to blast some dubstep music at 100% volume. It was so bad my ceiling literally shook.

I was distracted and frustrated. All I could do was try to keep calm and carry on. Sure, I could have asked her to hold on for a second while I dealt with the issue, but it would be rude to keep her for a whole waiting for 10 minutes in absolute silence.

I apologized profusely, and asked her to schedule the call.

At first, she understood and agreed. But that moment was gone. She wasn’t as inspired as she was when we were engaged in a discussion, and  the potential sale understandably just fizzled out.

The point is this: remote presentations are a lot more susceptible to distractions. Yes, some of these distractions can be in your immediate control. But others, like a lousy neighbor playing awful music in the middle of your conference call, aren’t.

In case you’re wondering, yes. I did confront the neighbor and even filed a noise complaint. I haven’t heard a peep since then. 

Total lack of a voice’s potential

It’s one thing to have a robotic, monotonous voice when you’re on-stage or delivering a session in a closed room.

But an unengaging voice is a whole different diabolical thing when delivering a remote presentation.

When behind a computer screen, an effective voice really matters. It helps build trust, emphasize on key points, create emotional contexts, and even help strategically sequence content.

But when a remote presenter makes no effort to vary his pitch or volume throughout the session? Or worse, doesn’t pause in between key pieces of content?

Then I can almost guarantee you that nobody is going to take that remote presentation seriously.

woman coughing during remote presentation

I’ve been asked to attend a large number of remote presentations in my career. Some of them were mandatory.

And I can tell you, hand-on-heart, that whenever I do take part in these remote session, and I feel that the presenter adopts an absolutely zero-sense-of-creativity approach to his voice?

I stop caring. Immediately.

Sure, I may still be in the session. But I’m only pretending to take part and browsing Reddit instead.

Effective visuals aren’t optional

Let’s be clear about something from the get-go.

To me — and I realize this is biased because I’m the CEO of a presentation design agency, but still — effective visuals are absolutely 100% required when delivering a presentation remotely.

And the reason for that is straightforward: You need to find ways to keep the audience engaged since you don’t have many options available.

I’ve already mentioned that the use of one’s voice is essential when it comes to delivery. But even if you adopt the best voice-related approach in the world, it won’t matter if you present slides like this:

Ugly Slide - Using statistical models to analyze customer requirements

It’s 2020, folks. Nobody has the time for ugly fonts, misaligned pictures and ugly clipart anymore. Everyone wants information that’s easy to process and remember.

And effective visuals help with that. Let’s be honest, wouldn’t you want to look at something like this instead?

Clean Slide - Using statistical models to analyze customer requirements

How to win at the remote presentation game

Okay, I’m done with the depressing information now.

Let’s go over the tips, tools and strategies that will ensure every remote presentation that you deliver is an outstanding success

Create an environment that allows for remote connection

I get it. It’s hard to make sure that you constantly interact with your audience when you’re dishing out your content remotely.

But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

Take the time to set up your virtual space in order to ensure there’s at least some sort of interaction between you and your audience.

Remote meeting at a cafe

For example, when I use a web-conferencing platform like Zoom to host my remote presentations, I make sure that at least half of my participants have a microphone so that the remote presentation is treated as a conversation rather than a lecture-like session.

If I’m hosting webinars, I make sure that every attendee in the webinar session has the ability to engage with my content by typing in the chat box, or taking part in my quizzes, polls and surveys. I even read out some of the answers I receive to make clear that I am indeed listening.

Here’s another trick I use when presenting remotely: I always ask questions as I go through my content. I do this regularly, and I make it a point to not move on until I receive a response.

Oh, and my questions aren’t “Any questions?” either. They’re meaningful, engaging, and help create context.

What I do is something along the lines of this:

"So, how many of you think that you just aren’t creative enough to design something effective in PowerPoint?"

"Chris, I see that you said no in the chat box. Can I know why?"

"Come on Chris, waiting on your answer here, my man! Don’t keep me and 90 other people hanging like that."

Adopting a similar approach highly encourages your audience to become active participants in your session. And there’s nothing more beautiful than that.

Take your designs seriously

Yes, you need to design effective visuals for your remote presentation. It isn’t an option.

You owe it to your audience to make sure they stay as engaged as possible while you’re delivering your material.

I realize that time is money. If you can’t design beautiful slides around your content, and you don’t have the time to do so, then here are a couple of solutions to consider:

Option A: Get a presentation template

Consider this option if your remote presentation is simple and/or more routine. Examples include: status updates and internal meetings.

Get your hands on a decent presentation template . Some are free, some aren’t. The only thing I’d note here is to make sure you get a template that’s effective and from a reputable seller. Trust me, you don’t want to buy an ineffective template .

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Check out our premium PowerPoint templates that are so good they got some of our customers a promotion! 

Option B: Get professionals to design your slides for you

Consider this option if your presentation is critical. Examples include: pitch decks, sales proposals, major webinars, virtual summits, etc.

Get a professional or an agency to design your slides for you. This is often a more expensive approach, but it’s well worth it.

Also, try and avoid freelancer platforms like Fiverr, Upwork and 99Designs . You might end up being very disappointed.

If you’d like, our agency can do all the hard work for you . We’ve designed presentations and templates for brands all over the world, from major Fortune 500 companies to one-man startups. So, if you’re up for it, get in touch and we can get a call going.

Check out a presentation designed for Exxon Mobil!

Mitigate the risk of technical issues and distractions with a solid backup plan.

I’m not going to give you some boring fluff like “always be prepared for the worst” because you already know about that cliche junk already.

But I do want to take the time to show you how to be prepared in the event you run into technical faults, or are distracted by things beyond your control.

And it all comes back to this one principle: You have to make sure you have an alternative way to successfully communicate your content.

For me, this means that I have a backup internet connection. If my internet disconnects, I use the mobile hotspot feature on my phone, connect to it, and continue the session.

Similarly, if my computer decides to break down and stall on me, I have my laptop ready to go.

And if both options fail, I make sure that one of two things is actioned immediately. I either:

  • Record a video of the content I want to communicate using a video recording service like Loom, and send it to the participants of the session whenever I can, alongside a request to reschedule the session if they’d like, or;
  • Immediately have a co-worker take over the session whenever I have to stop the session for whatever reason

Let me be clear, none of these options are ideal, but when everything goes to crap, you have to remember you’re in damage control mode.

The show must go on!

Invest in the right equipment

You know what really hurts a remote presentation experience? These things:

  • A slow internet connection which leads to choppy audio and video
  • A $2 microphone that sounds like you’re talking into a tube
  • A webcam with the picture quality of a 1940’s motion picture
  • A less-than-ideal software solution that makes it extremely hard for you and your audience to take part in your sessions

I could go on, but I won’t.

microphone on table to symbolize the use of voice

Invest in valuable equipment. Get a decent microphone, a fast internet connection, and a webcam that doesn’t suck. Also make sure that the platform you’re using to host your remote presentation doesn’t have an interface that cavemen can resonate with. 

Use your voice like your life depended on it

Like I mentioned before, the use of one’s voice is essential when it comes to delivering remote presentations.

using voice like a man's life depended on it

Do not be afraid to be seen as someone that’s unprofessional, dramatic, or even immature, just because you’re making the effort to engage with your audience.

Excited about something you’re presenting? Elevate your pitch and get that excitement recognized. Trust me, it’s contagious.

Conveying something a little more serious? Pause frequently to let your message sink in.

Telling a joke to ease tension? Chuckle at the end of it to signal that you’re making things comfortable for everyone.

Make your passion known.

Don’t be your own distraction

One time, I attended a webinar where some CEO of a SaaS company was going over his latest product that was set to be launched soon.

I absolutely hated it.

He did everything right. He used his voice well, his visuals were decent, the video was smooth as butter, and the audio quality was perfect.

But every 30 seconds, he’d cough or clear his throat, and it felt like a knife was stabbing my ears.

Every. 30. Seconds.

It was torture.

man distracted by loud noises

I really feel bad for the guy, because I know it wasn’t intentional. Still, his experience led me to write this section.

Please realize that when you’re delivering a remote presentation, you are the center attention during that time. Everything you do can be heard (and in some cases, seen). Be conscious about the subtle things.

And for God’s sake, have a bottle of water with you or something.

Don’t go for the safe approach every single time

Please don’t adopt a cookie-cutter approach all the time.

Be creative. Find things that will make your audience remember you and look forward to your next round.

Man walking on rope to highlight a safe and risky approach to doing things

Using things like games and contests can elevate your remote presentation to new heights! And they don’t even need to be complicated. Something as simple as “The first attendee to tweet something with #ThisHashtag doesn’t pay for lunch next week” will do just fine.

Even better: Leverage other software solutions into your remote presentations! When I facilitated a virtual presentation design workshop with Konami Gaming, I had every attendee use a whiteboard that I hosted on Miro to compile their ideas. I then went through each and every one of these ideas to give merit to the discussion.

Put a face to the name (optional, but recommended) 

This one’s subjective, but I’ll mention it anyway.

It’s always a good idea to have a webcam ready if you’re giving a remote presentation. Allowing your audience to watch you go through your material helps put them at ease.

A webcam on a laptop

This makes sense. Putting a face to the name makes the whole experience feel more human-like.

And if nothing else, it helps establish trust. A smile can go a really long way. Trust.

You’re ready!

Did you go through everything in the post?

Good. Now you’re ready. You know exactly what remote presentations are, their major drawbacks, and ways to overcome any obstacles thrown at you.

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Thanks Yoyo, very nice information. I have read every letter, right away, even when it is past my bedtime. This information will come in handy the next weeks. Good tips on what not to do and how to actually deliver a good remote presentation.

Thanks Tom!

one more thing I’d like to add which makes a huge difference. STAND while you’re making your presentation. It will automatically improve the sound, gives you more energy and stamina. I got a standing desk for that reason and it’s been a game changer.

Thanks Yoyo, good things to consider.

Thanks Shaun!

Oh Absolutely, Erica!

Remote Presentations can be really challenging. But I think with the help of this guide, I can actually get the maximum benefits.

How do you feel about animations and transitions in remote presentations? Will the effects be jerky or smooth? Even if the presenter has good internet, could the end user be affected?

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Looking for a way to add humor to your upcoming presentation? Be it a virtual meetup or an in-person get-together, we present you with a great list of funny presentation topics that’ll entertain your audience. And how should you best deliver these funny presentation topics other than through Prezi? Prezi breathes life into your presentations and makes them unforgettable experiences.

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Funny presentation topics to try

Without further ado, let’s explore some funny presentation topics that’ll have your audience hooked from the start.

1. The history of the ugly Christmas sweater

Dive into the origins of this festive fashion faux pas and showcase some of the most outrageous designs ever created. Use Prezi’s zoom feature to highlight intricate sweater details and add hilarious commentary.

2. Why cats are secretly planning to take over the world

Combine funny cat videos with a mock-serious analysis of feline behavior. Prezi’s video integration will make it easy to include clips and gifs that illustrate your points.

3. The evolution of dance: from disco to TikTok

Create a dynamic timeline that showcases the evolution of dance trends. Use Prezi’s path feature to smoothly transition between eras, and throw in some funny dance fails for good measure.

4. The weirdest food combinations people actually love

Explore the strangest food pairings that people swear by. Use Prezi’s multimedia capabilities to include images, videos, and even recipes for these unusual culinary creations.

5. The art of the perfect selfie

Give a light-hearted tutorial on how to take the ‘perfect’ selfie. Include funny examples of selfies gone wrong and use Prezi’s interactive elements to engage your audience with live polls or quizzes.

6. Conspiracy theories that are so ridiculous they might be true

Delve into some of the most outlandish conspiracy theories, from flat Earth to moon landing hoaxes. You can use Prezi’s storytelling capabilities to build suspense and keep your audience on the edge of their seats.

7. The funniest office pranks

Share stories and images of the best office pranks. You could include how-to guides for harmless pranks and funny anecdotes from real offices.

8. Why dogs are better than humans

Celebrate man’s best friend with a presentation that highlights the many ways dogs outshine humans. Use Prezi’s video feature to include heartwarming and hilarious dog clips.

9. The worst fashion trends of all time

One of the most fun topics to do a presentation on! Take your audience on a journey through the most regrettable fashion choices in history. Prezi’s zoom feature can highlight particularly cringe-worthy details of each trend.

10. How to survive a zombie apocalypse

Provide a funny yet informative guide on surviving a zombie apocalypse. Use Prezi’s interactive path to simulate different scenarios and outcomes based on audience choices.

11. The most bizarre sports from around the world

Uncover some of the strangest sports in the world, like cheese rolling. Use Prezi to integrate videos showing clips of these unusual sports and add some commentary that’ll make your audience laugh. 

12. Why we should all be napping more

Make a comical yet convincing argument for the benefits of napping. Include funny anecdotes, scientific facts, and tips on perfecting the art of the nap. Prezi’s interactive elements can engage the audience with quick polls about their napping habits.

13. The world’s worst job interviews 

Share stories of the most embarrassing and disastrous job interviews. Use Prezi’s storytelling capabilities to make each story come alive, and include funny tips on what not to do in an interview.

14. The art of awkward small talk 

Give a humorous guide on how to navigate awkward small-talk situations. Use Prezi’s interactive elements to engage the audience with role-playing scenarios and tips on improving their small talk skills.

15. The craziest world records 

Take a look at some of the most bizarre and funny world records. Show images and videos of these records being set, adding humorous commentary and background stories.

16. The funniest auto-correct fails

Showcase some of the most hilarious auto-correct mistakes that have resulted in awkward and funny text conversations. Use Prezi multimedia features to display screenshots and add your opinions for extra laughs.

17. The most outrageous celebrity tweets

Highlight the funniest and most bizarre tweets from celebrities. Use Prezi’s zoom feature to focus on each tweet and include background stories or your witty interpretations.

18. Pet peeves: the little things that drive us crazy 

Compile a list of common pet peeves and present them in a fun way. Use Prezi to engage your audience by having them vote on which pet peeves annoy them the most. 

19. Online shopping fails 

Look into the funniest and most disastrous online shopping experiences. Use Prezi multimedia features to show photos and videos of items that didn’t quite match their descriptions, adding your own commentary for extra humor.

20. Misheard song lyrics

Present a collection of commonly misheard song lyrics and their funny interpretations. Use Prezi audio features to play snippets of the songs and highlight the misheard versus actual lyrics for a good laugh.

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Give into the unexpected with Prezi

Now that you’ve nailed down your presentation topic, it’s time to consider the format. While the same-old slide deck is always an option, there are even more engaging formats that can take your presentation to the next level. Enter Prezi .

In contrast to conventional slide-based presentations, Prezi presents information in a dynamic and visually striking manner that captures the audience’s attention. Through Prezi, you can zoom into specific details of your content and create engaging paths— not forgetting the ability to integrate multimedia elements that would make any presentation distinctive.

The Prezi difference: engaging and fun

The uniqueness of Prezi is that it enables you to narrate a story rather than merely sharing details. The dynamic open canvas and advanced AI features make it the ideal choice for presenting funny presentation topics in a way that grabs the audience’s attention. No more waving through dreary slides— welcome an interactive and entertaining way to share presentations.

Prezi AI: create presentations fast

Among the many features, Prezi AI stands out in helping you create presentations with little effort and outstanding results. This tool enables you to come up with an artistically appealing presentation within just a few minutes — meaning more time for you to fine-tune your delivery and incorporate those witty elements.

Designing a presentation can be quite time-consuming but not when you’re using Prezi AI. It allows you to focus on amusing your audience with your funny presentation topics since much work has already been done for you by Prezi AI . 

Stand-out features of Prezi AI

  • Automatic theme design : Prezi AI can quickly generate a visually appealing theme for your presentation based on your content. This feature saves time and ensures a polished look without the need for any manual adjustments.
  • Smart layout suggestions : The AI provides intelligent layout recommendations, helping you organize your content effectively. This ensures your presentation is aesthetically pleasing and logically structured for better audience comprehension.
  • Text editing assistance : Prezi AI assists in refining your text by offering suggestions for improving clarity, grammar, and overall impact. This feature helps you craft clear and engaging messages, whether you’re presenting a serious sales pitch or a funny presentation topic.
  • Content structuring : The AI helps in structuring your presentation by guiding you on how to sequence your slides for maximum engagement. This includes suggesting the best ways to present complex information in an easily digestible format.
  • Visual enhancements : Prezi AI can automatically incorporate relevant images, videos, and graphics to improve your presentation, making it more dynamic and animated. This is really useful for funny presentation topics. 
  • Consistency check : The AI ensures uniformity in fonts, colors, and styles throughout your presentation, giving it a professional and polished look.

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Prezi Video: perfect for remote calls

When it comes to modern presentations, virtual meetings have never been more popular. Prezi Video enables you to seamlessly deliver your presentation while on remote calls — allowing you to be visible alongside your content. This transforms the presentation into a dialogue rather than a monotonous monologue. Ultimately, with Prezi Video , your presentation is going to be just as engaging as it would be in person. 

Making your presentation a hit

When presenting your funny presentation topics, remember that delivery is key. Here are a few tips to ensure your presentation is a hit:

Know who’s going to be watching

Tailor your fun presentation topics to suit the preferences and sensibilities of your audience. What one group finds humorous, another might not.

Practice your timing

Comedy is all about timing. Practice your presentation to ensure your jokes land well and your transitions are smooth.

Be careful with visuals

Visual aids can enhance your humor but don’t overdo it. Use images, videos, and gifs to complement your points without overwhelming your audience.

Engage with your audience

Ask questions, encourage participation, and use Prezi’s interactive features to keep your audience engaged throughout your presentation.

Prezi examples: Design inspiration for funny presentation topics

We’ve put together some examples from the Prezi library to show you how Prezi can be used for sharing engaging and funny presentation topics. 

Cats vs. Dogs

The “Cats vs. Dogs” presentation is a great example of how Prezi can elevate funny presentation topics into an engaging experience. With its bold blue and yellow theme, the presentation visually differentiates between the quirks and qualities of cats and dogs, making it easy to follow and entertaining. It demonstrates perfectly how Prezi can turn traditional presentations into captivating and enjoyable experiences, making the content not just informative but also delightful for viewers.

International Celebration of Ice Cream

This presentation is a delightful example of using Prezi for funny presentation topics. With its fun pink theme and engaging zooming interface, it takes viewers on an entertaining journey through the history of ice cream. The open canvas and zooming through each era create an immersive experience, allowing for a dynamic exploration of fun facts and quirky trivia. This format keeps the audience engaged and amused, turning a simple timeline into a lively and interactive narrative that’s both informative and enjoyable.

2023 Summer Plans

The design of this presentation helps viewers focus on the content, making it easier to pick up on the witty parts. By listing both serious and humorous reasons for taking time off—such as “spend time with my cat” alongside more conventional reasons like “prevent burn-out”—the presentation keeps the tone light-hearted and engaging. The clear layout and effective use of Prezi’s features ensure that the audience can easily follow along and enjoy the playful elements without getting distracted by overly complex visuals. This balance of simplicity and humor makes it a perfect demonstration of how Prezi can enhance the delivery of relatable and funny presentation topics.

Make your funny presentation topics even more exciting with Prezi 

Creating a presentation doesn’t have to be a mundane task, especially with Prezi as your presentation tool. Prezi transforms funny presentation topics into vibrant, engaging experiences that’ll leave your friends amazed at your creativity. With Prezi AI , you can create a stunning presentation in minutes, while Prezi Video keeps your audience hooked during virtual meetings. Why settle for conventional presentations when Prezi offers a dynamic and interactive option?

So, next time you come up with a funny presentation topic, try Prezi. Not only will your friends enjoy the humor, but they’ll also remember the unique and lively presentation.

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Often, going for the best price is a simple but good option. With a price of $9.97 (last checked this morning) , we do not list any other presentation remotes cheaper than the Clicker Wireless Presenter Remote . Just remember that it's not always the best option to go for the cheapest one.

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The Presentation Remote With the Most Reviews

With at least 2375 reviews and counting, the Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 might be another option to consider. This large amount of reviews signalizes that many people are using it, with most of them beeing satisfied.

High Quality Presentation Remotes

It's quite rare that the saying "You get what you pay for" turns out incorrect. If you have the money on the sideline, feel free to choose the most expensive item from our list: The Logitech Spotlight Remote currently sells for $99.99.

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The Presentation Remote With the Most Clicks

If you trust us and our users, feel free to check out the Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 . Our statistics say that it is the most favorite Presentation Remote from the list above.

Our Bestseller

If you're still undecided, I would recommend that you go with the masses and choose the top selling presentation remote: The 2-in-1 USB Type C Wireless Presenter Remote is the hottest bestseller in this category right now.

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Presentation Assistant

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Presentation Assistant allows you to show action names and shortcuts for actions you are using during a presentation, demo or recording. You can configure which keymap(s) to show and for how long the pop-up should show.

To enable Presentation Assistant, Open Settings | Appearance & Behavior | Presentation Assistant and check the option Show action names and shortcuts in popup . You can configure how big the popup should be, how long it should be displayed and where in the screen it should be. Finally, you can select which keymap to use. Check the option Additional to select an additional keymap to show when displaying the shortcut for an action.

Presentation Assistant Settings

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How to Use Prezi for Remote Presentations

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, May 28, 2015

Let’s face it, the world has gotten smaller. At the same time, it has gotten larger. With the advances in technology, you can now take a simple phone call and make it a live event. Your presentations have even kicked it up several levels. Prezi’s remote presentation feature gives you the ability to travel thousands of miles to a board room with the click of a button. Instead of just talking about this amazing feature, we are going to show you how to use it from a technical viewpoint.

Setting up the Presentation

You have a game changing meeting that is hundreds of miles from your office. A conference call has worked in the past. Then comes the screen sharing technology that really made a difference. But there were quality issues with this. Lagging, frozen, and completely absent. Everyone has to have the same software. Annoying! All that is changed with Prezi’s Remote presentation feature.

You start by signing up for a Prezi account. If you are just getting started and don’t need to keep your content private, the free account is perfect for you. Once you have your account made and your presentation built, you need to know how to remote present it hundreds of miles away. Make it feel like you are right in the room and not lose quality of what you’re presenting.

Creating The Link

The first step is to create the remote presentation link. With this link you can send it off to as many as 30 people on any device. Mobile uses will need to install the Prezi app (it’s free).

Then you click the Present remotely button and the drop down menu opens. Press the copy button. Now you can send this link by:

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+ Any other method you find perfect to get it to another device

Starting The Remote Presentation

Now that you have sent the link off to your audience, it’s time to start the remote presentation. Once it has loaded, you will see the first screen and all the participants.

You can now drive the presentation in real time to them. The quality stays crystal clear. You even can pass the controls off to one of the participants. If you decided to have more than one presenter and you are not in the same location, no worries. Just click on their profile icon on the right. You have the option to hand over controls.

Check out our Prezi on how to use Prezi for Remote Presentation:

Simple, Easy, and Powerful

Now you can drive your presentations remotely without any additional software. Quality isn’t lost, which can really kill your message if it cannot be seen. Using remote presentations in this way makes you stand out.

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11 Best Presentation Remotes For Windows PCs: Reviews For 2024

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Whether you’re a student or a professional, chances are you have to deliver presentations every once in a while. Amid so many other PowerPoints and visual graphs, you can make yours stand out by using the best presentation remote for a smooth, effortless experience.

This remote is a small device equipped with many useful features designed to help presenters be more comfortable and engaging as they deliver the presentation. You can control your entire slideshow with the click of a button without having to worry about your laptop malfunctioning or slowing you down. If such a remote has been on your wishlist for a long time, this list of tried-and-tested products will surely let you narrow down the options and pick something stylish and impressive.

Benefits of Presentation Clickers

  • You can control the presentation from a distance. You no longer need to be in front of the computer to control it manually through the mouse or keyboard .
  • Presentation Clickers are great time savers and help in avoiding unnecessary interruptions. You can easily move to the previous slide or the next one.
  • Using a presentation remote control gives the user complete control over the slide show. In the absence of a remote, another person at the computer changes the slides at the presenter’s request . However, having a remote negates the need for an additional individual.
  • Presentation remotes often offer more features. A prime example of this is the laser pointer that highlights important points showcased in the slides.

If the benefits of presentation clickers piqued your interest, you will want to take a look at our list of the 11 best presentation remotes.

Best Compatible: Kensington Wireless Presenter With Red Laser

Best portable: logitech r400 laser presentation pointer, best user-friendly: beboncool wireless presentation remote, best ergonomic design: targus usb multimedia presentation remote, best compact design: red star tec wireless powerpoint clicker, best with long-range controller: dinofire wireless presentation clicker, best lightweight: byeasy wireless presenter, best multifunctional: doosl wireless presenter, 11 best presentation remotes, 1. best compatible: kensington wireless presenter with red laser.

With a 65-foot wireless range, the Kensington wireless presentation clicker with a red laser ensures non-interrupted performance from any corner of the room, stage, or auditorium. Taking control of a presentation by activating a laser pointer, moving forward and backward between slides is made easy with its intuitive 4-button control. The plug-and-play presenter remote features a 2.4 GHz wireless connection and does not require a complicated setup, allowing for smooth and reliable performance. This quality-tested presentation pointer works well for both Keynote and PowerPoint presentations, and 2 AAA batteries are required to switch on the wireless presenter device. Here’s a review video to help you get a better understanding of the product.

Number of Items: ‎1 | Color: ‎Black | Batteries: ‎2 LR44 batteries required | Product Dimensions: ‎4 x 1.75 x 0.75 inches | Item Weight: ‎5.6 ounces

  • Compatible with Windows and macOS software systems
  • Internal USB receiver storage
  • Sleek design
  • A USB-C to USB-A connector may be needed for newer Mac products.

Why We Think It's Worth Buying

This product is so liked by shoppers that it has gained over 6,097 great reviews on Amazon.

2. Best Portable: Logitech R400 Laser Presentation Pointer

With the new Logitech R400 laser presentation pointer, there is no longer a need to give a presentation from behind a podium or a computer. With up to 50 ft wireless range there is no interference while moving around a classroom or a stage. The bright red built-in laser pointer can be seen on almost any background keeping everyone focused without missing the point. The stylish matte black remote comes with a carrying case, wireless mini receiver, wireless presenter, and 2 AAA batteries. Glide through presentations with the well-contoured intuitively placed touch-keys like start, stop, move forward and back, and even to screen blackout mode. Need more information? Watch this review video to learn more about the additional presentation features and to make an informed decision about this remote.

  • Plug-and-play USB wireless receiver
  • Compatible with Windows software
  • Quick start guide included
  • It is not compatible with iOS systems

3. Best User-Friendly: Beboncool Wireless Presentation Remote  

This wireless PowerPoint pointer clicker by Beboncool has a sleek design and is crafted from environmentally-friendly ABS plastic. The face of the remote is clutter-free with 5 rubberized buttons. These include buttons for the black screen, laser pointer, full screen, forward, and backward buttons, making it one of the best presentation clickers. The power button has been strategically located at the side of the remote, while the connect button is at the back of the controller. The tried-and-tested laser pointer with wireless technology has an astounding range of 656 ft and is useful for highlighting key points during presentations. Like most other laser pointers, this one also uses a 2.4 GHz Bluetooth receiver to connect to the laptop or PC. The remote control pointer for presentation is compatible with a wide range of system software and PC platforms, including Windows, macOS, Android, and Linux systems. If you need further convincing, check out this review cum testing video .

Item Weight: 2.39 ounces

  • User-friendly
  • Ergonomic design
  • Quick response
  • A wireless distance range of 32 ft
  • It might make a slight clicking sound when buttons are pressed

4. Best Ergonomic Design: Targus USB Multimedia Presentation Remote

The Targus USB multimedia Bluetooth presenter remote stands out with its glossy and stylish look. The small form factor remote is easy to operate and small enough to fit in your pocket. As expected, the remote connects to a laptop or PC using a 2.4 GHz Bluetooth receiver. One of the highlight features of this device is a hidden compartment for storing the USB Bluetooth receiver . To avoid accidental clicks, the company has incorporated a key locking technology into the remote that locks non-essential buttons. The highly functional remote has a connectivity range of 50 ft with a built-in laser for highlighting key ideas during presentations. To function correctly, the controller requires 2 AAA batteries.

Color: Black With Gray | Batteries: ‎1 AAA batteries required | Item Dimensions LxWxH: ‎8.8 x 6 x 2.5 inches | Item Weight: ‎3.8 pounds

  • Simplistic layout
  • Backlit buttons
  • Wireless mouse
  • Built-in volume and cursor controls
  • The rear compartment door might not lock as well as expected

5. Best Compact Design: Red Star Tec Wireless PowerPoint Clicker

This highly functional presenter clicker is equipped with numerous additional features. Several buttons are neatly placed on the face of the device, giving it a clutter-free appearance and user-friendly operation. It consists of a volume button, hyperlink options, start and stop of audio and video option, cursor controls, and an effective laser pointer. If this wasn’t all, the clicker works well with PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides. The device also flawlessly connects to different operating systems, including macOS, Linux, and Windows. Being one of the best remote control for PowerPoint, the remote has a maximum range of 50 ft in terms of connectivity and uses 2 AAA batteries for seamless operation.

Color: Black | Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required | Item Weight: 1.94 ounces

  • Wide OS compatibility
  • No pairing needed
  • Versatile compatibility
  • Compartment for the USB receiver
  • Uses RF connectivity technology
  • Cursor movement may not be very responsive

6. Best With Long-Range Controller: DinoFire Wireless Presentation Clicker

This plug-and-play presentation remote controller is equipped with 6-axis sensor control to ensure sensitive and reliable cursor control. The face of the device is exceptionally clean, with all the functions being controlled by individual buttons. This clicker by DinoFire is equipped with the ability to turn on and off the laser, control volume, switch windows, open hyperlinks, start and stop videos, and even scroll between different pages. The front of the remote has a blue power LED light that conveniently signals users when the device is powered. The wireless remote functions at a maximum distance of 50 ft and uses RF 2.4 GHz for seamless connectivity. With dual connectivity options, It is one of the best remote controls for Windows presentations.

Color: Q20 | Batteries: 2 AA batteries required | Item Weight: 2.08 ounces | Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.6 x 0.9 inches.

  • Multifunctions
  • Easy to use
  • Long-range controller
  • Wide OS support
  • Impressive presentation remote connectivity
  • Might be a little bulky for some

7. Best Lightweight: Byeasy Wireless Presenter

The Byeasy wireless presenter clicker helps you navigate through pages and pages of presentations with minimal effort. The controls are conveniently positioned on the face of the remote and are sensitive. At the side of the body of the remote lies the on and off switch. The remote includes essential functions like scrolling between pages, a black screen, and a volume controller. It also comes with a power LED light to keep the operations user-friendly. The multi-functional presenter connects to a receiver to provide smooth and uninterrupted function. It has support for MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACDSee, and iWork. Powering this reliable and compact clicker are 2 AAA removable batteries.

Color: P5000 – Red Laser | Batteries: 2 A batteries required | Item Weight: 3.56 ounces | Product Dimensions: 5.12 x 1.5 x 0.98 inches.

  • Plug-and-play USB receiver
  • Wide wireless 100 ft range
  • Bright red laser
  • The presenter may be a little slippery to hold.

8. Best Multifunctional: Doosl Wireless Presenter

Keeping in line with the latest advancements in technology, Doosl has equipped its wireless pointer clicker with a USB type-C receiver, ensuring faster transmission of signals between the remote and PC. The lightweight and ultra-thin design make it ideal for traveling. While it comes with a pause button, buttons for changing slides, black screen, and pointer, its LCD screen is an advanced feature that shows the time, battery status, and countdown timer. The plug-and-play device is easy to use and comes with a 600 mAh battery that can last up to 45 hours on a full charge.

Color: Red | Item Weight: 3.53 ounces | Product Dimensions: 1.18 x 1.18 x 5.51 inches.

  • Bright green laser pointer
  • Long wireless control range of 30 ft
  • Multifunctional
  • Rechargeable
  • Buttons may lack a tactile feel

9. Best Versatile: Philips Wireless Presenter Remote

This well-crafted presentation remote by Philips has an organized placement of controls. The sleek and slender remote has the buttons clustered towards the top, making it easy to access all buttons. The remote is packed with features like changing between slides, controlling volume, and switching between fullscreen and black screen. The remote is equipped with a bright red light that acts as a pointer during PowerPoint presentations. The tried-and-tested presenter connects to the PC using a USB wireless connector that ensures a strong channel for the passage of signals between the two. Last but not least, the device is powered by 2 AAA batteries.

  • High accuracy
  • 30 ft wireless range
  • Plug and play device
  • The silicone buttons may lack grip.

10. Best Space Saving Design: Esywen Remote Control Wireless Presenter

The Esywen remote clicker houses its controls in a compact layout positioned at the top of the remote’s face. The functions include page up and page down, slideshow and black screen, and laser pointer. The rubberized and textured back adds grip and makes the remote easy to hold. Speaking of form factor, the company has brilliantly designed the remote to house the USB stabler. This space-saving design makes it portable and easy to store on a desk or shelf. Much of its popularity arises from its universal compatibility with software and operating systems. If you’re on the hunt for the best presentation remotes, this one is a worthy competitor. Like most other presenters, this one also operates on 2 AAA batteries.

Color: Air Mouse | Item Weight: 2.08 ounces

  • 39 ft wireless range
  • Bright LED light
  • The buttons might be a little too noisy for some.

11. Best Travel-Friendly: VicTsing Wireless Presenter Remote

This is the most slender and compact presenter clicker on our list of the 11 best presentation remotes. One of the highlights of this device is its form factor and portability. The presentation remote features a battery indicator light, page up and down, black screen, laster, and power switch. The red laser is bright and has a long-range of 328 ft, to move in a large conference room freely. The remote itself has a wireless range of 98 ft and connects to the wireless receiver through a 2.4 GHz connection. Powering the device is a rechargeable battery that keeps the device powered on for extended usage.

Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required | Item Weight: 0.3 ounces | Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.7 x 1.4 inches.

  • Intelligent power saving
  • Wide compatibility
  • Impressive wireless control range
  • Magnetic USB receiver
  • The battery door might be a little difficult to open.

Knowing about the best presentation clickers is half of the information you need to purchase one. There are a few factors which you must bear in mind while choosing a suitable presentation remote. Below are some criteria that need to be considered when purchasing one.

How To Choose The Right Presentation Clicker?

The wireless control range offered by presentation remotes differ based on their model and make. When choosing a presentation clicker, it is crucial to gauge the room’s size in which the wireless presenter will be used. Some presenters usually have a connectivity range of 30 to 50 ft, while others have longer ranges of 100 to 300 ft.

  • Battery type

Presenter remotes rely on either AA or AAA batteries. Some require 2-batteries, while others are more power-efficient and require a single battery. Certain presenter remotes come with rechargeable batteries that last for prolonged periods on a single charge. In situations of continuous usage, you should purchase one with rechargeable batteries.

  • Compatibility

There are 2 factors to consider regarding wireless presentation remote compatibility – compatibility with the software and compatibility with the operating system. Most models are plug-and-play devices that require no added software installation. It is best to purchase one that requires no additional drivers.

  • Laser pointer

Almost all presenters are equipped with laser pointers. This is because it has become an indispensable part of a wireless presentation remote. When choosing a presenter remote, it is ideal to keep in mind the distance of the laser or beam.  The most common colors are green and red. While red remains to be a popular choice among consumers, green is a color that is noticeable on almost all colored slides.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will my presentation clicker work on a Mac and a TV?

While most are compatible with Windows and macOS, there are a few that may not work on macOS. Since a television screen is just a display output, if it is supported by the system software, it will run on a TV.

2. What color laser is best for a presentation pointer?

The two most popular colors are green and red. While red offers great visibility, a green laser pointer can be easier to see against some slides. This is why most professionals prefer using a remote clicker with a green laser pointer.

3. Isn’t it easier to download an app to my phone to control the presentation?

No, it isn’t. While it may seem like an easier and cost-saving alternative, it may not function as intended. Firstly, your phone will lack the tactile feel of dedicated buttons, and secondly, it may not function effectively when at a distance from the receiver.

4. Is it easy to control a presentation with a remote?

Yes, a presentation remote makes it easy to operate and control the slides in a presentation. In addition, using a remote doesn’t require you to ask for external help or stay near the laptop to change the slides.

5. Does a presentation remote need batteries?

Yes, most presentation remotes work on two AAA batteries, and some include a rechargeable battery for seamless operation.

6. Are laser pointers good for presentations?

Laser pointers help you point out important points on the slides during the presentation. This allows you to move around as you speak and helps the audience focus on that particular point you are talking about.

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The Bottom Line

If you are a working professional who often works on presentations, you could comprehend the difficulties of unresponsive computers or painstaking clicks to change the slides frequently. In such scenarios, the best presentation remote could be just what you need to address your concerns. They give you complete control over your presentation and offer many other advantages. For instance, the Kensington Wireless Presenter With Red Laser offers easy slide navigation, the Logitech R400 Laser Presentation Pointer has a bright laser pointer, and the Beboncool Wireless Presentation Remote offers a fast response time. In addition, they are easy to carry when traveling and simple to use. So, choose from this tried-and-tested list of the best presentation remotes per your system and functional requirements for a smooth event.

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