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Giving a Presentation on a Glass Whiteboard

Whiteboards can be great for a number of things; instructing students, keeping schedules organized in busy hospitals and restaurants and brainstorming for the “next big thing.” Whiteboards offer a large, easily changeable platform for organization, idea generation and instruction. One thing that many whiteboard users wouldn’t think to use their board for is a presentation. That’s right, often times presentations are given through printed media and large graphs and tables, when in reality, an interactive presentation can capture your audience and hold their attention longer. Giving a presentation on a whiteboard is quite a bit different than giving one with printed boards; but it can also save your company a lot of money and can turn a very formal, one-way conversation into a more collaborative and interactive dialogue between presenter and attendants.

If you’re considering using your whiteboard to make presentations, here are a few quick tips:

  • Display your whiteboard on the smallest wall of the conference room, and make sure it is easily visible. This will ensure that the attention remains focused on the speaker and his presentation. If you have a conference room with a large table in it, you will want to be on the smaller wall, so the longer sides of the table can both just turn 90 degrees to see, instead of one of the longer sides having to turn completely around. This causes problems because there are two full rows of viewers now, and there can easily be issues with everyone seeing the board.
  • Use colors only to help distinguish between numbers, ideas, or when graphing. Colors make a bigger statement than you may realize, so switching colors just for fun, or using colors all over the board can actually distract your audience quite easily. If you use colors to highlight certain words, or statistics, however, you are showing them the most important parts of your presentation, as well as telling them.
  • Encourage interaction from your audience—this is one of the main reasons you probably decided on giving your presentation this way—to be more interactive. Ask questions to your audience, keep them involved. Once your audience has given you the answer you’re looking for, jot it down. This is a great technique to keep your audience engaged and focused.
  • End your presentation by cleaning your clear dry erase board and asking if anyone has questions. This may sound silly, but you are visually closing out your presentation, and allowing them to digest the information. (You’re also allowing for space for questions, comments and further discussion).

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