Some people are thriving with presenting virtually, and others are finding it really challenging. They feel disconnected from their audience or their bodies. Or their tech set up isn’t helping them build the kind of rapport they want with their audience or is making them physically less comfortable. Vocally they are either overshooting or underestimating the energy that’s needed, largely because of that lack of in- person connection.
Virtual communication has some unique challenges, but like acting for camera vs. acting for stage are two related skill sets with different considerations, it’s a skill that can be learned.
In this video are two tips to help you with virtual communication:
1. Don’t get pulled into the camera physically. Always remember you are a 3D human communicating in a 3D environment. Sit on a chair where you can feel your sit bones and align your spine, so that you feel more physically grounded and at ease (which will help the audience feel the same way!)
2. Place your device at a height that lets you talk to your audience as an equal. If it’s lower than your eye-line, it will look like you’re talking down to your audience. If it’s higher than your eye-line, it will look like you are looking up at your audience. Both of these positions, if maintained long term, will impact your vocal stamina and will lead to body language that may not be congruent with your message.
Love it or hate it, virtual communication is here to stay. Give these tips a try and let me know how it goes. If you want more personalized virtual communication coaching, please reach out here. And if you find these tips useful, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel.