Get it Together: Tips for a Stellar Zoom Presentation
Captivate on the big screen.
April 23, 2020
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.