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Habits of a TERRIBLE Zoom Presenter

Even to those of us used to presenting to in-person audiences, virtual platforms like ZOOM present challenges. If you’re called on to present virtually and don’t correctly prepare for your “Speaking Opportunity!” I guarantee you will bomb!

DON’T DO these things and you could become a TERRIBLE Zoom Presenter!

  1. Update to the latest version of the virtual platform you’ll be using.

  2. Zoom regularly updates, sometimes daily.

  3. Updating lessens glitches.

  4. Email attendees in advance to do the same before logging onto your presentation.

  5. Send this ZOOM CHECKLIST to all attendees in advance.

  6. Explain to them that by reviewing and using it they will get the best zoom experience and value from your presentation.

  7. Test your camera by checking video in the preferences of the platform.

  8. If you haven’t already, consider upgrading to an HD camera with 1080 dpi.

  9. You do want to look great, don’t you?

  10. Position it so you look directly at the lens.

  11. I’ve looked up more noses than an ear, nose, and throat doctor!

  12. Light yourself to look your best and allow facial expressions to show.

  13. If you don’t have good natural or room lighting, consider getting a ring light.

  14. Non-Verbal communication surpasses verbal communication and you want attendees looking at you.

  15. If wearing glasses, position that ring light so reflections, looking like alien invaders, are not distracting your audience.

  16. Get a lavaliere or broadcast quality microphone.

  17. Test the mic in the preferences section of the platform.

  18. People will watch poor video but will not listen to bad audio.

  19. The advantage of a livelier mic is you can set or stand back from the camera and have great audio.

  20. Plus, you’ll look like a TV star!

  21. Backgrounds matter!

  22. Here’s why: We cannot multi-task!

  23. If folks are looking at you, or any other attendee, and wondering, “Who’s in that picture on the wall? What’s that book on the shelf? What is that trophy for and who won it?” they are distracted from you message.

  24. To demonstrate my point, look at any cable news outlet.

  25. There is often a ticker-tape running across the bottom of the screen. If you read that information you have no idea what the people on the screen are talking about. To prove that point, as soon as a commercial comes on the ticker-tape is gone. Advertisers would never pay for a distraction to their commercials.

  26. The best background is the one no one notices!

  27. Keep it plain and simple.

  28. If you present often, consider getting a green screen and appropriate lighting so you can choose nondescript backgrounds.

  29. Mute and Stop Video on all attendees.

  30. Tell everyone in your opening you’ll be doing this and why.

  31. Sounds and visuals from any attendee can be a distraction for all participants.

  32. You can unmute and start video periodically for discussions and questions.

  33. Lessen other distractions.

  34. Turn off your phone, alarms, and alerts.

  35. Close the door to keep out pets, children, and others.

  36. Practice, record, and critique your presentation.

  37. Repeat – Repeat – Repeat.

  38. Suggestion: Pre-Record your presentation.

  39. This is a great suggestion especially if you’ll be presenting the same program multiple times.

  40. Delivering a presentation virtually presents technology challenges. Pre-recording and editing that talk will result in a much more professional performance.

  41. In Share Screen, check box for ‘Share sound.’

  42. Not doing so will give a less than desirable experience.

Follow the above suggestions for your next zoom presentation and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


Three ways to keep the attention of your audience.

About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

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