Connecting with an audience through a screen
Most of us have switched to working primarily online since March, and the initial excitement of virtual happy hours is long gone.
When having a video conference, keep in mind that you are talking to a group of individuals who are sitting at home alone at their computers. They have every temptation and opportunity to multitask.
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Connect with your audience from the start by sharing a relevant story and asking for their participation.
Choose a story that is more personal than you would tell in a regular work setting. The barriers between work and life are coming down and you can use that to your advantage.
Your main tools to project energy through a screen are vocal variety, hand gestures, facial expressions, and posture.
Raising and lowering your voice, changing your tone, speeding up and slowing down are great ways to keep an audience listening.
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Contrary to popular belief, body language in the context of public speaking is more than hand and arm gesture.
It means adjusting the way we stand, move and smile to capture and hold the attention of an audience.
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