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Remote Communication Tips from the 7 World Public Speaking Championships


April 7, 2021

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What if you could talk to , or of the public speaking And get their advice on how to communicate better in the new, distance-based professional world? Well you are in the right place. I recently approached seven past Toastmasters World Champion for Public Speaking and ask them to share their insights.

Mike Carr, winner of the virtual contest of 2020, consulting …

Don’t look at the camera. Look through the camera. “You may have heard the advice of being sure and looking at the camera while you are talking. It’s a good start if you’re currently observing the participants. But if you want to make an impact, that’s important. It’s important to look one step further. Imagine someone with your best friend behind the camera.

In my winning speech, I imagined my daughter standing behind the camera every time I said the core sentence of that message: ‘Victory is not about results; Winning is in try! ‘That’s what I told him in the midst of his toughest and emotional challenges when he told my child that message had come. . It will be for you too. “

Spend most of your time off-center. “Your enemy is audience fatigue. Almost every presentation they see is an underexposed human sitting in the middle of a rectangle. Be different; spend most of your time out. get out of that middle position and it’ll be more visually interesting and more memorable, for your audience. “

Movie in the corner of the room. “For your background, placing the screen in the corner of the room acts like an arrow towards the focus: you. Also, when you are telling a story and you are sliding to one side or the other, which that will create a visual strain for your audience.When you reach the point of the story and at the same time back in the middle of the screen (where the corner of the background), your audience feels a relief from the tension. visual and impact more from your story. “

Experiment creates epiphany. “Difference sells; similarities don’t. So keep making your presentations interesting by making them unique. In my winning speech, I I started talking from the bottom left corner of the screen that only saw my head. That was the most commented post – one aspect of my speech, but it just happened because I tested it. The day before the competition final with different perspectives. Experimentation brings the most memorable impact.

Use the depth of the room. “One of the biggest advantages of virtual is that you can have a more intimate conversation with each member of your audience by getting closer to the camera. Every participant can see the nuances. Likewise, you can step back behind the camera for a completely different viewing experience.For a presentation, I put my camera and laptop outside, I used the wireless microphone and started 20 meters away and turned to the side.When I started to speak, I started running towards the camera.This created an effect the audience had never seen before and captivated their attention from the start. “

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Keep it simple. “Online is not the best platform for many classes . The simpler the story, the easier it is to absorb what is said. 60% of communication is non-verbal and online is not the most profitable means of shifting that context. “

Keep it conversational. “Part of the reason why people get tired is the one-way nature that is common in online chats. Make your speech or presentation conversational and not go into ‘mode’. Speakers’.”

Structure for interaction. Talk for 10 minutes, then take a break to interact, then move on to your next point. When you break up your conversation with the interactive space, the audience gets a chance to interact with you and become part of the conversation. ”

Do 60% of the work offline. Have a pre-event session with your audience to set the scene, talk about what you want to achieve, and give them a chance to comment. This setting allows your audience to make an intimate connection with you before they start interacting. If you’re preparing for an important meeting, it also gives you the opportunity to influence stakeholders ahead of your actual session. “

Put the background in the foreground. “Make sure your body takes up 70% of the screen. Don’t stand too far or too close. Use a darker background to make you stand out. Make sure your background is not cluttered. For example, avoid talking about bookshelves in the background because it distracts the audience. “

Pay attention to the audience’s attention span. “Don’t use slides unless you absolutely have to. Switching between screens and slides takes the energy of your audience. When you speak, you’ll be tempted to look at the screen.” to gauge your audience’s response to your speech, but when you do it it appears that you are not making eye contact with the audience. friend. “

Darren Tay, 2016 contest winner, advisor ….

Prepare and prepare your audience. “You can ask all your audience to turn on their video feed. You can share with them that, as a speaker, you take out your energy and audience engagement. Yes.” can see them and they see you will help you deliver better to them.Your audience is more likely to comply if you give good reason.You can share with your audience that by doing so, they won’t miss important information that isn’t available elsewhere or will help them a lot. “

Increase the value of your images. “If you’re going to use visual aids like slides, remember to add value crazy. What’s the difference between value-copy and value-added? simply read what’s on the slides.Your audience can be like Download slides well and read them on their own. , illustrate, show or explain something not yet shown. “

Hand Vasudevan, 2017 winner, advisor….

Use emotional content. “Stories, metaphors and paraphras, when effective, provide will paint a mental picture and evoke emotions from miles away. I know two women who live in the same family for decades friends.” During the following years, they developed severe dementia and couldn not recognize each other.One day, when one of the two women died, the other started to cry uncontrollably. How can she feel a painful death? Even when memories fade, emotions tend to stick. remote contact. “

Use the power of your voice. “Many people worry about their appearance during video calls, but they miss out on another important aspect: sound. Unleash the power of your voice through voice modulation, the right audio device, and the most powerful thing you can use as a speaker: pause at the right moment. “

Ask strong, open questions. “When you ask questions, it forces your listeners to think. By using well-written questions, you enter the audience’s mental realm as your question lingers, regardless of the distance. How has this pandemic taught you so far? ” ‘What’s your plan when this is over?’ “

More interactions, less distractions. “Remote audiences are easily distracted. Keep them engaged through recurring interactions and avoid anything that distracts you or your listeners. When in fact, name a few.” Get participants ready by their name and ask easy-to-answer questions without getting them in the right position. Or invite listeners to leave comments in the conversation. Helping them interact easily and securely. “

Ramona J. Smith, 2018 contest winner, advisor ….

Treat the virtual stage like a real stage. “Many of us feel a bit loose in virtual speaking. We think that since our stage is now scaled to a rectangle or square we might become impolite with the presentation. Dress as if you were in person. Stay the same as the energy you would have in a face-to-face meeting with the board. “

Speak outside the box. “Stand and deliver. and hand gestures are paramount when conveying an impactful message. When you stand up, your body will be more visible. Your speaking area is enlarged. You open up the space to potential use of props, performers and a co-presenter. “

Prepare your gift in advance. “This has always been my number one tip for any aspect of speaking. Athletes will agree that you play the way you practice. The same goes for delivering an impactful message. Practice presenting your presentations in front of the mirror Practice your speech on electronic devices and record yourself.Practice practice allows smooth transition in virtual worlds with audio, video and split Screen sharing. It also eliminates unnecessary fill, fiddling and pausing. “

Aaron Beverly, 2019 contest winner, adviser ….

Remember the fundamentals. “The medium has changed, but the fundamentals of good communication don’t. Know your audience and make sure you have a clear message.”

Change your settings so that you cannot see your own images. “If you are too distracted by your appearance, make it so you cannot see yourself and eliminate the distraction.”

Observe your facial expression. “The virtual format means we see less of your body, but it means we focus more on what we can see: your face. Be wary of expressions. the emotion you make when presenting. Expressions can be used as content, but they can betray true feelings. “

Don’t use your computer as a crutch. “Now that our computers are right in front of us as we speak, it’s tempting not to practice and read your presentation verbatim. However, it’s still worth noting if you don’t go on.” Make eye contact with the camera lens and you still appear like a robot. Don’t lean on crutches. Practice like you would if you weren’t making a virtual presentation. “

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Now it’s your turn. What’s your best tip to shine while sending remote messages?

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