A community shuttle bus ran between the nearest railway station and the event all day long, stopping at points along the route to pick up and drop off local attendees. This was also beneficial in reducing emissions from individual cars travelling to the site.
I presented standing up rather than sitting down. This made the talk much more dynamic than when I practiced it sitting down, and certainly closer to the way I would give a talk in person
– I left the video feed of the session chair at the bottom of my screen, and it was very helpful to see him nodding and thinking about what I was saying. I think in general when we give a talk we tend to pick a person or two in the audience and talk more towards them, and talking to the chair had a similar effect
– I put a big clock in front of me to keep track of time. This really helped me pace myself and more importantly leave time for questions.
– To reduce my stress of the internet possibly disconnecting, I had a backup option which was my voice connection over the phone (through zoom phone call) and my slides could be presented by the chair while I spoke. I did not need to use this option, but it certainly reduced my stress levels.
– The question/answering at the end did not work so well. When I finished the talk, the chair asked the audience to post questions and while waiting he asked a couple of questions himself so after that there was only time for one audience question. Instead, I would suggest that the chair tells the audience at the beginning to send questions during the talk, so the chair has questions ready when the talk ends. I used that kind of approach when I chaired an ACM Learning Webinar some years ago, where there were about 1,000 people online and I collected about 30 questions from them during the talk so I had a chance to organize them and was ready to ask them when the speaker ended.