(Online) Virtual Presentations: Maximize your Virtual Presence


The information age–and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic–have allowed many people to work online/from home or in many cases, in a hybrid work environment. While working remotely has many advantages, never meeting with colleagues, clients, or customers face-to-face can be challenging. With a little training, increased awareness, and intention, you can learn how to maximize your virtual presence during meetings you are attending or facilitating. This short professional development program will teach you how to make the most out of virtual meetings.

Young person with hat sitting in front of laptop by river and mountain rising in the background


Fri., Oct. 21
12 – 1 p.m.


If these dates don’t work for you, please sign up for the interest list and we’ll let you know when future program dates are announced. We also recommend inquiring about custom programs.



  • Understanding what various virtual platforms can offer (e.g., Zoom, Webex, Teams)
  • Maximizing your video and audio presence
  • Minimizing derailers such as distractors and disruptions
  • Commanding the virtual stage through preparation and solid virtual presentations
  • Increasing interaction, engagement, and effectiveness


We will explore:

  • Online platform options and capabilities
  • Lighting, backgrounds, sound and “Zoom Fatigue”
  • Using various tools and resources to keep the audience engaged


Most of us can no longer avoid being in online meetings. This program is designed to help you stand out in the crowd as a leader who can command the virtual meeting. Anyone who wants to simply avoid “Zoom Fatigue” or “wow” their audience(s) will benefit from this program, especially:

  • Business leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Educators
  • Managers
  • Municipal employees
  • Nonprofit workers
  • Students
  • Researchers
  • All levels of employees 

The online format of this course makes it possible for participants from across the globe to participate. A stable internet connection and the ability to participate in this synchronous sessions as it is happening is required.

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.


This dynamic program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. The Hutchinson Center has a limited number of computers (and plenty of Wi-Fi to go around). If you’d like to participate virtually via the Hutchinson Center, please request support via the form here.



Tom Dowd, Distinguished Toastmaster (he/him/his)

Tom Dowd (also known as “Transformation Tom”!) received a communications degree from the University of Delaware. He is a prize-winning speaker, and an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer and coach. As a member of Toastmasters International, Dowd exhibits consistent success in speech competitions and achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster status in 2015. Dowd utilized his 25+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industry to start Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching, LLC, where he helps people to creatively find their own paths to success.




Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board. 

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.






1 hr / .1 CEU

Certificate of completion

Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.



For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.