Will everything be done through video chats now? We’re having first dates on Facetime, weddings on Zoom, and court appearances on Skype. So what does that mean for those of us that need help with public speaking? Is part of the pressure taken off because we can wear sweatpants and no one can actually see if we have something in our teeth?
The thing is, we still need to project confidence. You can still appear nervous and have jitters through a computer screen. The fear of rejection, the fear of “messing up” – it all remains despite being behind a computer.
If you’re not prepared for your work presentation, it won’t matter that it is on Zoom instead of face-to-face in a conference room. You still need to work hard and prepare. You still need to figure out your goal and what message you want to convey in the presentation.
As a comedian, I no longer have the audience right in front of me, literally at my feet at a comedy club. I do not have their energy and feedback on a Zoom show. But if I can keep the participants’’ sound on and actually look at the all faces in gallery mode on Zoom, at least I can interact with them on some level. Hey, it’s the best we can do in a global pandemic.
You still need to develop your public speaking skills, even if you’re speaking in front of your computer sitting in your chair by yourself. I’m here to help you with the public speaking webinars that I’ve launched.
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