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Disaster Recovery

When presenting virtually, you need to be prepared for the unexpected.

  • In case of technical problems, a clear contingency plan for participants and moderators should be in place.

  • Moderators should be aware of measures that can be taken in the event of technical problems.

  • Participants should receive clear instructions about what to do if they have difficulty accessing a session.

  • They should also know how to deal with technical issues if they arise during the session.

  • If applicable, moderators could be situated in different locations in case one site loses connectivity.

Here are some top tips:

  • Print a copy of your slides. This will give you a chance to look ahead if your system is lagging.

  • Have your login details at hand. If you get booted out of the system you will not be searching for details about how to get back in.

  • Close all extraneous applications.

  • If you have a problem, don't assume that fellow presenters or moderators do. Plan in advance how you will work from each others' verbal cues.