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Presentation Tips for Connect Tutorial

Learn how to present with Adobe Connect.

iPad user? See the full screen video here.

You’ll need some type of microphone to pick up your voice. Your laptop’s built-in mic is likely fine. Even smartphone headphones might work best for you, but we recommend a headset or echo-cancelling speakerphone for best results. Built-in microphone on a laptop labelled good USB headset microphone labelled better Fancy, expensive-looking USB microphone lablelled awesome
Whatever your equipment, you can use the Audio Setup Wizard to hear what you’ll sound like to others. Adobe Connect's Audio Setup Wizard window
Make adjustments to your speaking volume and position as necessary. Person adjusting their position in front of a microphone
If you’re not using a headset, keep your head pointed at your microphone. Turning your head results in poor audio quality. Good and bad microphone handling techniques
Turn off your mic when you’re done speaking to avoid creating echoes or feedback. Microphone toggle button in Adobe Connect
Using your webcam makes your presentation more engaging. Turn it on whenever you’re speaking to help keep attention on you. Adobe Connect's webcam control pod
We’ll load your presentation slides for you, but if you want to upload more documents, click the Settings button and choose Share…Document. Then click Browse my Computer to upload your slides.   Adobe Connect's share document controls
Connect changes your fonts to its default set. To ensure your slides look right, use these safe fonts, or embed your fonts when you save your PowerPoint slides. List of safe font choices for Adobe Connect
Connect strips out any animation or video you might have, so it’s best to avoid using them. If you need to use video, contact us and we’ll work something out. Streaming video content in Adobe Connect
Once your slides have loaded, use the arrows to advance them. Advance slide controls in Adobe Connect
If you have slide notes, click the side bar button to show them. You’ll have to select the notes tab. These won’t be shown to the audience, but will be shown to other presenters. Sidebar toggle button in Adobe Connect
Slide notes tab in Adobe Connect
You can use the Outline Tab to jump to other slides. Outline list tab in Adobe Connect
To highlight areas of your slides, use the pointer and drawing tools that hide at the top of the panel. There’s a lot you can do with them so contact us if you want to practice using them.
Adobe Connect's drawing and pointing tools
You can share your desktop to stream part or all of your desktop to everyone attending. Click the Settings button, then choose Share…My Screen. Screen sharing controls in Adobe Connect
Choose the application you wish to share.
Choosing which application to share in Adobe Connect
When you’re ready to switch back to your slides, click the Settings button and choose Share…Recently Shared and find your slides. If you’re using slide notes, you may need to reopen the sidebar to see them again. Stop Sharing button in Adobe Connect
The last feature I’ll show you is polling, which lets you ask questions and quickly tally up the responses. It’s faster than typing responses in the Chat Box and keeps the audience engaged. Adobe Connect polling pod
Click the Layouts menu, then choose the type of polling to display. There’s choices for True/False, Multiple Choice, and Multiple Answers. Adobe Connect layout menu showing polling options
You can choose whether the audience can see each other’s responses by toggling the “Broadcast Results” option. Broadcast Results button in Adobe Connect polling pod
To clear the responses and start fresh, click the “Edit” and then click “Open.” Clicking the edit and open buttons in Adobe Connect's polling pod

When you’re done with your question, choose the sharing layout to hide the polling. Try to include at least one question every ten minutes. Adobe Connect layout menu showing the sharing option

That’s the basics of presenting in Family Medicine webinars held through Adobe Connect.
For more information, see our videos on Connecting to Connect, and Interactivity in Connect. If you have any questions, contact dfmcurriculum@dal.ca or 902-473-8042.