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Differences between Virtual and Face-to-Face Presentations

Communication technology is changing day after day and the concept of virtual presentations became very popular nowadays. Thus, we are going to observe the principal differences between virtual and face-to-face presentations.

It is true that both virtual and face-to-face presentations have their own advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, virtual presentations are considered to be more convenient methods to present new data to others by the reason of their accessibility to much more people, while on the other hand, exactly virtual presentations do not allow people to ask questions and specify all the necessary information. Virtual presentation limits the interaction of the presenter with the audience. In addition, the presenter lose the ability to adapt the content of the material specifically for the audience In such a way, the principal difference between face-to-face and virtual presentation is a possibility to have a direct contact with the presenter for the purpose to specify some points of the presentation.

Another difference lies in the place and time of holding the presentation and possibility to visit it. Face-to-face (or traditional) presentation requires a specific place for its holding, while virtual presentation requires only special technical equipment (for instance, a computer). Virtual presentation can help to economize time and money, because face-to-face presentations often assume the cost of space rental, and participants may visit it only at exact time and place, while virtual presentations allow their participants to organize their time by own wish, and even to record or save all the materials of presentation for further analysis and discussion. Of course, virtual or face-to-face presentation cannot replace each other in 100%; so, each kind of presentation should be adapt to the audience and meet all the required demands.

To sum up, we have discussed the main differences between both virtual and face-to-face presentations, and proved that the direct interaction with the presenter is very important for participants of the presentation.

 

Reference:

Courville, R. (2009). The Virtual Presenter’s Handbook. CreateSpace.