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Projecting energy through a screen

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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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. T...

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 adv...

  • If the group is small, ask a question from the start and turn your presentation into a conversation.
  • If the audience is large, bring audience members together through polls, “raised hands” in response to yes-or-no questions, and the chatbox.

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Steve Jobs' presentation style

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