3 keys to using a remote

  1. The first key to using a remote is to know how to use it well – become acquainted with the buttons and what they do. It’s not good enough to turn up on the day and hope for the best – you are asking for trouble and will probably embarrass yourself. Get there early and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – no excuses!
  2. The second key is to make sure you either put the remote in your pocket when you don’t need it, or rehearse enough times so you know for certain you won’t fidget with it. Presenters who fidget with their flip chart pens, props or remote control look unprepared and uncomfortable and don’t convey confidence in themselves or their message.
  3. The third key relates to the way you interplay the slides, the space, the message and your personal brand.

Find the slide you will soon want to show on the screen. Use the (blank) button on the remote, or the ‘b’ key on the keyboard to blank out the slides before you start. Claim your space and engage your audience. Look at them with ‘whites of the eyes’, eye contact. Deliver your presentation. Assuming you are presenting with one large screen in the centre of the room. When you come to content that you would like to reinforce on a slide, press the (blank) button on your remote to reveal the slide, and walk right out of the way of your slides so you are not in the audience’s frame of vision. The reason you do this is to ensure that you are not distracting your audience. If you have 2 screens on either side of the room then you can stay in the ‘hot spot’, or centre of the room. When you are standing out of the way, you can either talk the audience through what they are looking at, or you can remain silent. Enjoy the power of pause and try to avoid breaking your audience’s concentration as they read through the points on the screen or absorb you pictorial representation of the message. If you must talk i.e. perhaps it is a chart that needs explaining, then still move out of the way and use an open palm to indicate to your audience that they should listen to you and look at the slides.