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    Conferencing is an effective, cost-efficient and convenient method of communicating and collaborating with your geographically dispersed employees and customers.
    Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to help deliver engaging material that will keep your attendees focused and actively participating in your meeting, such as:

    Recruit an assistant – having an additional person to introduce speakers and lead Q&A sessions helps to not only streamline the flow of your conference, but also aids in keeping your participants focused by breaking up the monotony of a single speaker/presentation style

    Rehearse your presentation – stay away from reading directly off of a sheet of paper. Even if your participants cannot see you while presenting, they will be able to tell that your delivery is less than natural. In the event that you have a lot of material to cover and are worried about missing something, an outline is a great way to keep on topic. Bonus: you can also allot specific amounts of time to each topic on your outline to keep your conference on track

    Provide visuals – to get the best return on your web conferencing investment, be sure to utilize all of the tools and features that your service provides. And remember that graphs, charts and other visuals are a great way to make complex information easier to process.

    Avoid duplicating your speech and visuals – just as you should avoid reading directly off of a sheet of paper, make sure you also do not read directly off your PowerPoint slides. Instead, limit the text on your slides to a few key bullet points, which you can expand on while presenting

    Set aside time for Q&A sessions – generally these are held at the end of a conference provided it is 30 minutes or less. If it is over the 30 minute mark, you should allow for smaller Q&A sessions at breaking points throughout your meeting, for example, after each speaker or topic. This will permit your participants to address pertinent questions prior to moving on to more complex material, as opposed to saving all their questions until the very end of your conference when you’ve moved on to unrelated material.

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    Thanks Molly for these tips. I'm going to promote this as an article.
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    Molly is this your article? Just want to make sure you add a source to it, thanks
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