This quick video addresses a few ideas about getting engagement when you’re talking or presenting on Skype or Zoom or FaceTime – and video conferences.
Too often the engagement is minimal. Apply what Michael covers here in this video, and you’ll make a big difference to the way your audience / viewer perceives you.
“Hi It’s Michael Trigg here, The Presentation Maestro and this question comes from an old client of mine, and he asks: Have you got any tips about presenting on Skype, particularly for those who do a lot of remote working. And I do!
First thing to remember about Skype is that, as you all doubtless know, there’s only a tiny representation of you coming across on the screen on the computer or your iphone. So the audience have only got this to see [indicating from head to collarbone]. Therefore it needs to come alive a little.
So my first tip would be to smile more when you’re on Skype. Now I personally find this quite difficult, I make quite a lot of these videos and when I look at them afterwards, I think I’ve been smiling but I look totally po-faced a lot of the time. So do remember to smile more.
Second tip would be to feel free, in fact not just feel free, use your hands as you talk, even though they may be off-camera. Because the way you use your hands naturally not only affects the the voice, and your voice tonality and makes it more interesting, but it facilitates eloquence and freedom of thought. So your thoughts are more likely to be more free-flowing if you use your hands.
And the third tip is to look at the camera lens. That tiny little glass black dot, that’s where you need to be looking. And the biggest mistake a lot of people do is to look at the screen of the iphone or the computer ’cause they can see the other people there. But that’s not where they are… they’re actually through that lens. So if you’re communicating on Skype, when you’re talking, look directly into the lens.
Now I’d like to broaden this a little, since I’ve got the opportunity, to talk about video conferencing. And this normally happens in a boardroom or even in a small theatre environment when there are cameras pointing at you but also broadcasting around the world to offices in Delhi or Sydney or New York. And the biggest mistake I think people make with video conferencing is they forget the camera and they just look at the audience in the room or the theatre. You’ve also got audiences, if they’re tuning in through video conference in Bombay and Berlin and Cape Town so look at the camera. Find out where the cameras are, so you can look at them. Also warn your audience that you will occasionally be looking off at the camera to address Delhi or Bombay or wherever it is so they know what you’re doing. And then those audiences abroad will feel more involved and more engaged in what you’re saying because you will be looking at them. And your face will appear on the screen looking at them.
So that’s one really important tip I’d give for video conferencing. So that’s both Skype and Video Conferencing in one go. Hope you found that useful and I look forward to seeing you on the next one.”