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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Let’s talk about one of my pet peeves on zoom – Backgrounds! Now this one, this is pretty good.

It looks like a microphone. It’d be appropriate for me.

I speak, coach, and write about networking, public speaking, and presentation skills. But everybody doesn’t pay attention to their background.

Look at some of these. Whoops! I better get out of the way.

I mean, people are looking out the windows. They’re looking down.

They have no idea where the camera is.

That’s horrible! We can’t do that. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Now here’s a background that looks like this guy’s just trying to promote himself. And you see it sometimes. Somebody’s being interviewed on television and they’ve got their books on the shelf. They’ve got their books in front of them. They’re almost holding the book up.

I don’t think that’s right. I think it’s distracting.

Not a good background. Now this is a pretty good background.

Actually, my definition for a good background is: You don’t notice it.

And you shouldn’t because you should be looking at the speaker because we cannot multitask. You can’t be looking at a background.

Oh, that’s a pretty one!

Black and white and I’m in color. That looks great!

But you can’t be looking at a background and the speaker.

We can’t multitask.

Now, I talk about Elevator Speeches. That’s a pretty appropriate background. It makes a lot of sense to have me in that elevator. That’s not really distracting.

I’m talking about zoom. That’s a good background. A little branding for zoom. I’m okay with that.

Now this background is nice also only because it’s blurred. If it was crystal clear, you’d be looking at those beautiful buildings, at the ferris wheel. You don’t want to do that.

This background. Whoa! Going too quick. I don’t know if I like that. A little distracting, and then Whoa! Went to the other place.

I don’t like that, either.

And I kind of like this. Again, black and white background. I’m colorized.

Anyway, in any case, always give attention to your background because it distracts the audience.

They can’t concentrate on you and your message.

Till next time, this is Fred Miller “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”


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.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!



  1. Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!

  2. Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

  3. We are All Self-Employed!

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