Hey, lovely people!
Can we talk about the Zoom struggle we all know too well – the fear of public speaking?
I mean, who would've thought our living rooms would turn into stages for virtual conferences?
So, here's the deal. You're at home, doing the meeting-to-family-juggle, and bam! It's Zoom time again. But how are you really showing up? Is your virtual presence doing justice to how you feel inside? Because, let's be real, public speaking, even virtually, can be pretty nerve-wracking.
Imagine this: you're on the camera, all eyes on you (or they should be). It's just you, your thoughts, and that tiny camera lens staring back at you. It's like a weird kind of stage fright – the fear of being 'seen' on Zoom's virtual stage. But don't worry, we're diving into the art of showing up authentically and making an impact, even on the virtual stage.
Now, I get it. Video tech can be awkward. It's like trying to connect through a screen without the warmth of a handshake or the sincerity of a smile. But fear not, because I've got some tips that will have you conquering that fear of public speaking on Zoom in no time.
First up, eyes on the camera. Pretend it's your audience, not just a lifeless lens. A full front-facing view is key. Take up most of the screen, because too much empty space above your head gives off a weak presence. We want you to shine, not fade into the virtual background.
And here's a game-changer – keep that camera on! I know it's tempting to turn it off and hide, but trust me, you don't want to be easily passed over. It's time to embrace the virtual spotlight, even if it feels a bit weird.
Now, I've gathered some images of common Zoom mistakes for you to check out below. Trust me, a little awareness goes a long way. Avoiding these pitfalls will make all the difference in how your next virtual pitch or presentation lands. It's time to turn that fear of speaking in public into a superpower that sets you apart on the virtual stage.
Remember, you've got this.
Embrace the virtual stage, own your space, and let the world see the amazing, confident speaker that you are. Fear of public speaking? Not anymore.
Now, go out there and rock that Virtualstage! 🌟
Lynn Kirkham- Yes You Can Speak- Public Speaking Coach