Guidelines for Presenters

This page provides instructors and other presenters with tips for Zoom presentations.

  1. Prior to the session, make sure that your video and audio works on your computer. Go to https://zoom.us/test and follow the instructions to check your video and audio set up.
  2. Make sure that you know how to mute your audio and stop your video. (See below.)
  3. If you are using PowerPoint, Keynote, or other slideshow product, open the presentation prior to the meeting. Don't, however, start the slideshow until after you've shared your screen. 
  4. Connect to the meeting five minutes before the start. 
  5. Look into the camera rather than at your screen. 
  6. If you are using audio in your presentation, such as music from your computer, a YouTube video, or other sound source that you want to share with the attended, make certain to click the Share computer audio checkbox in the lower left of your Sharing screen. 

  7. After you start your slideshow, ask the moderator if the slides are showing. Advance forward one slide and ask the moderator if the slide changes. 
  8. What you see on your screen may not be what others see. That can depend on the size of the screen they have. They may see more or fewer participants. They may see you and the presentation or just the presentation. 
  9. Don't panic if your dog starts barking, the doorbell rings, or someone wanders into the room. Pause, excuse yourself, mute the microphone, stop your video, and take care of the interruption. We'll talk among ourselves until you return.
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