“Keep Calm and Zoom On.” Honoring Bob Marley, here are 3 tips for presenting virtually:

1. “Jamming” – My speaking takes two forms. Keynotes and Workshops. In the past, keynotes tended to be about big ideas to large audiences. You can build in interaction, but it was difficult. Most events leverage the keynote to set the stage or wrap up an event. On the other hand, workshops are smaller group-oriented sessions where you are facilitating the application of the material.

Tip: Don’t compromise, jam’em together. With breakout rooms and the need to shorten keynotes for virtual, Zoom allows you to build in engagement. Combine both for what I call key-shops.

“Ain’t no rules, ain’t no vow. You can do it anyhow.”

2. “Get Up, Stand Up” – You are more engaged and animated when standing up to present. You are not just conveying ideas, you are conveying emotion.

Tip: Stand and project.

“So now you see the light, stand up for your right”

3. “Stir it Up” – our brain needs different stimuli every 8-10 minutes or it will shut down. I’ve learned that the virtual presenting ratio is closer to 3-4 minutes.

Tip: Change camera angles, ask a question, share a poll, use the breakout rooms etc.

“Come on and stir it up”

What have you learned speaking virtually?