How to Present over Video

Learn how to deliver successful video-based presentations on Zoom, Webex and more. Practice in online simulations.

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Course overview


CPD Certified

19 online lessons

Digital certificate

Simulation training

2 hours to complete

Course outcomes

Know how to design and deliver successful and memorable video presentations

Increase your confidence communicating online and feel more comfortable speaking in front of a virtual audience - whether it's 2 people, 20, or 200

Use body language, eye contact, and hand gestures to enhance your message

Connect, engage, and persuade your audience remotely with effective storytelling

Optimize your delivery with the right tech set up

Easily identify areas for improvement via mock video-conferencing simulations with instant feedback

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As the world has adapted to remote working, the way we deliver presentations has changed too. Most people now have meetings, presentations, pitches and events virtually through video conference calls.

Presentations over video require a unique skill set for delivery compared to in-person presentations and meetings. For example, you have to adapt to a lack of audience feedback and body language cues that you'd otherwise have from a real-life audience.

Practice what you learn

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals for presenting virtually and then practice what you learn in a realistic online video conferencing simulation.

Virtual presentation example

Through online classes, you'll learn how to create and design an engaging presentation, set up the tech to look your best, use hand gestures and storytelling to enhance your message, and more.

After learning the theory, you'll have the unique opportunity to practice, improve and build your confidence in our virtual presentation simulator.

What is an online simulation? A simulation is an online recreation of something. For example, the simulation in this course is a mock Zoom call with a pre-recorded audience. This means you can practice your skills in the most realistic way possible.

Deliver effective virtual presentations

This blended course is made up of three key parts to accelerate your learning:

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Online classes

Learn fundamental techniques and strategies for giving video-based presentations through articles, videos and case studies.

Practice in simulations

Virtual simulation

After completing the classes, you can practice your new skills by presenting in a realistic simulation, which mimics teleconferencing software such as Zoom, Webex, Teams, and more.

Improve with feedback


Every time you use the simulations, you'll receive automated feedback on your dialogue and be able to playback your performance for self-evaluation.

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Course curriculum

  • Introduction to the virtual presentations course, with more information about the simulation and what to expect when presenting virtually.
  • Welcome
  • About the virtual simulation
  • Expectations and preparation
  • Simulation: Test your impromptu speaking ability
  • How to setup your camera, lighting and microphone to get the most out of your presentations. Testing your equipment to make sure everything works.
  • Set-up examples
  • Lighting
  • Microphone and audio quality
  • Camera position and background
  • The importance of eye contact and body language in a virtual presentation, as well as hand gestures, ways to use your voice, and attire.
  • Eye contact in a virtual environment
  • Using hand gestures
  • Body language and posture
  • Using your voice to ensure clarity and attention
  • What to wear
  • Interacting with a virtual audience can be very different to in-person. Learn how to keep your audience engaged and effectively answer questions.
  • Keeping it engaging
  • Answering questions
  • Learn more about how to deliver your presentation and put everything you've learnt into practice with the virtual presentation simulation.
  • Introducing yourself and speaking up
  • Using visuals to support your content
  • Example: Telling a story
  • Practice what you've learnt in the video conferencing simulation. Get feedback on your presentation and practice answering audience questions.
Video example

Example videos

Throughout this course, you'll get to watch real-life video examples of the skills being taught, including how to deliver good eye contact, avoid distractions and keep your presentation engaging.

Learn from these videos and transfer their skills to your own communication.

Online simulation overview

How does the simulation work?

Practice your virtual presenting skills on a webpage that looks and feels like a video conferencing platform - no additional download required. Upload your own slides into the simulation for the most realistic practice.

While delivering your speech, the simulation will analyze your voice and delivery, providing instant feedback when you've finished on aspects such as hesitation words, audience perception and confidence.

You can also practice thinking on your feet and answering questions from the virtual audience throughout your presentation or when you've finished speaking. You can even load in your own custom questions for a more targeted Q&A session.

Virtual presenting simulation

Practice video presentations in the VirtualSpeech simulation. Answer audience questions, receive instant feedback on your performance, and watch yourself present on a video recording to identify areas for improvement.

Enable distractions while you present to really test your skills, such as mobile phones ringing and loud background noise.

Review the recorded audio and video to identify areas for improvement and track your progress with automated feedback, prompts, quizzes, and self-evaluation.

In summary:

  • Simulation that replicates a video conferencing platform
  • Upload your own slides to practice with
  • Receive instant feedback on your performance
  • Practice answering audience questions
  • Enable distractions to test yourself further
  • Track your progress

Impromptu simulation

When you enroll on this course, you'll also receive access to an impromptu simulation. Test your impromptu abilities by speaking to random images for 30 seconds each. You'll then receive feedback on your performance.

This simulation is at the start of the course and gives you a chance to warm up for the course.

Explore all the exercises available on the VirtualSpeech platform.

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Features in the online simulation

The simulation is full of features to give you realistic presentation practice. Here are some of the popular ones:

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Answer questions

Respond to questions from the virtual audience in the chat bar as well as verbally

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Speech analysis

Receive instant feedback on your presentation delivery, including pace, volume and confidence.

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Record the presentation

Identify improvements you can make to your delivery by watching the recording of the presentation.


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Learning awards

"VirtualSpeech helps to fully prepare you for virtual meetings and improves your communication skills in realistic simulations."

Dave Zielinski - Toastmasters