Designing and delivering engaging virtual presentations (2.0 hrs)

Best practices for virtual presentations (2.0hrs CPD)

As the Jerry Seinfeld joke goes, “More people fear public speaking than death. That means at a funeral, more people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

Delivering a presentation is an anxiety-producing experience for almost everyone. However, as public speakers, we all bring aspects of ourselves that will engage an audience. Therefore, improving your presentation design and delivery takes practice and self-awareness.

As a result of the pandemic, many professionals find themselves presenting to teams, clients and others using teleconferencing software such as Zoom, Go to Training, Microsoft Teams etc. However, presentation design and delivery, for a live presentation is much different than for a virtual presentation. It is not enough to prepare a live presentation and do the same thing in a virtual setting. Current research shows that this will result in a lack of both clarity and participant engagement. Virtual presentations require more instructional design and preparation than live presentations.

A virtual presentation must be re-designed to promote thoughtful use of virtual engagement tools, such as audience feedback buttons, polling questions, breakout rooms and shared screens. In addition, the presenters themselves must prepare differently than for a live presentation, including setting up proper camera framing, audio levels and lighting.


  1. Virtual presentations vs live presentations room – significant differences
  2. Best practices for Camera, Audio and Lighting (CAL)
  3. Best practices for virtual presentation instructional design
  4. An interview with an instructional designer and e-learning specialist
  5. Best practices for voice, movement and camera presence for a virtual presentation

A CPD certificate of completion will be provided

Additional information

  1. Program pre-requisites: There are no prerequisites for this course
  2. Advance preparation: None
  3. Delivery method: On-demand
  4. CPD/CPE credits: Participants will earn 2.0 professional development credits

Your Instructor

Garth Sheriff
Garth Sheriff

Garth Sheriff, CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, MAcc, is the founder of Sheriff Consulting ( We specialize in the design and delivery of assurance, accounting, and soft skill professional development courses. Sheriff Consulting strives to create a learning environment that is engaging, interactive, and effective.

Our courses are designed using the latest in communication research and current technical developments that affect our profession. This includes:

  • Helping professionals navigate the most significant changes to the accounting and assurance standards in the last 40 years.
  • Using current research to improve business communication skills such as working with diverse multigenerational teams.
  • Understanding how transformative technology such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will impact our profession.

Garth has worked as an assurance professional and learning provider for over 15 years.He has prepared and trained CPAs for key changes to the profession, including internal control documentation (SOX), Canadian Auditing Standards (CAS) and Canadian Standards on Review Engagements 2400 (CSRE 2400).

He earned a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Accounting) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Garth has also acted in various stage and film productions. He is a graduate in improvisation from The Second City and a member of ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

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