Get it Together: Tips for a Stellar Zoom Presentation

Captivate on the big screen.

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Doing a virtual presentation may seem the same as an in-person one: dangerous assumption. If you have plans to do a virtual presentation or speech anytime soon, there are some extra precautions you should consider before you step onto the big screen.

Doing a virtual presentation may seem the same as an in-person one: dangerous assumption.

If you're like 98% of adults, you're probably hopping on and off video calls a lot these days. Many of us are using Zoom and Hangouts for work and school-related activities like presentations, demonstrations, live tutorials, and grand speeches. But aside from the day-to-day business-as-usual operations, video calls for parent-teacher conferences, dental appointments, and even family reunions have become the norm. We thought we were a distracted mess then. I'm sure it's infinity times worse now.

All the juggling of responsibilities of work and home from one spot makes us, and our audience, less able to focus on virtual meetings and presentations. So we have five tips that'll keep your audience captivated when you "zoom" onto the screen.

Listen to yourself

Strangely, people do presentations for others before they hear it for themselves. The next time you have to give a talk or do a presentation, plug the script of your presentation into a text-to-speech app (our favorite is Leksi.co ). Listen to your speech and assess it for proper flow and compelling content.

Before all my presentations, I make sure to plug my script into Leksi.co and upload my text-to-speech audio. Then I listen to it as if someone else were presenting to me.

Before all my presentations, I make sure to plug my script into Leksi.co and upload my text-to-speech audio. Then I listen to it as if someone else were presenting to me.

Show your beautiful face

When we log into a video call, our instinct is to shut off the camera and hide our face. But just like a live talk, your audience wants to see and feel your enthusiasm. Connect with your audience personally by being present onscreen. No one cares if you aren't, or are, wearing a tux or ball gown. People want human interaction now more than ever.

Opt for a boring background

Eyes will wander if something amusing is happening behind you while you're presenting. Distractions range from cats climbing on scratching posts to Netflix playing in the background. For once, be selfish and demand to be the center of attention. If you have to, get a fake Zoom background here , or here .

Stand up

Yes, I know it's a video presentation, but hear me out. When you present while standing, you'll feel more energized and competent - it's easier for you to move around, and you're not in a resting position.

For those with a standup desk, it'll be easy to raise your computer camera to eye level. For those without, try to make a faux stand by stacking up a pile of books or some sturdy boxes. Even though the audience may not see you standing while you present, they'll sense your confidence.

Press record

It benefits you now to convert the text of your speech into audio, listen to it, and make improvements before you present. It will benefit you in the future to record your presentations.

In Zoom or Hangouts, record your presentations so you can watch it later. You may catch something you consistently do, good or bad, that you weren't aware of. Use this feedback to improve your upcoming presentations.

P.S. Don't overthink it. Many of us feel embarrassed at watching our presentations or listening to ourselves talk.

5 tips to captivate your Zoom audience: listen to yourself, show your beautiful face, opt for a boring background, stand up, and press record.

Feeling like a pro and ready to fire up the camera? Great! People want to hear what you want to share, and they're eager to see a friendly face.

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