Communication goes beyond words. Words have their explicit meanings, which cannot be changed. But the non-verbal elements in every communication carry the wealthier meaning. And it’s those elements that give real meaning and effectiveness to spoken words. Let’s dive into these non-verbal virtual presentation tips you should take note of.
#1 Get the right setup
This is the first thing you need to take note of. You must get your setup right. If your setup is not right, every other thing will be wrong about your virtual presentation. Your camera should pitch a bit above your head and around your elbows. With this frame, you can maximize your presence on screen. Take note of your background. Many people just come to a presentation without taking note of this. That you present from your bedroom doesn’t mean your audience wants a view of that. If you cannot get a suitable background from wherever you’re presenting, you should use a virtual background to make your setup right. Be mindful of environmental sounds too. Avoid noisy environments that could interfere with your presentation.
P.s Before going to nr.2 of the virtual presentation tips…improve your setup with a virtual camera.
#2 Maintain a formal posture
Don’t feel you can pose in any way just because you’re speaking through a medium. Your posture affects your words a lot. If you slouch on a couch and speak, it affects the pitch of your tone. If you lean back or fold your arms in front of the camera, you’ll be closing in on your body. The best position is for you to sit upright or you stand if you have a “stand up” desk. Position your body not to face the camera straight. Your body should be slightly turned to a side, but your head should look directly at the lens.
#3 Use the right facial expressions
Our faces are expressive and can convey lots of emotions without words. Your facial expression should complement whatever information you’re passing across. You shouldn’t put up a moody or sad face while talking to a team about a new idea. And unlike some other non-verbal communication, facial expressions are the same everywhere. The expressions for happiness, surprise, sadness, pessimism, etc. are the same almost across every culture.
#4 Make eye contact
Eye contact is very crucial to communication. While you’re communicating through a virtual medium, it’s important to look into the eyes of your audience. And you can achieve that by looking directly into your webcam or camera lens. Your audience will receive you on their screen looking straight into their individual’s eyes. Eye contact speaks of confidence. That you’re sure of yourself and sure of what you’re saying.
#5 Use hand gestures
Hand gestures give more energy to your words. It increases the weight of your spoken words by 60%. You should not just move your hands to gesture sake. Make sure you’re moving them at the right time. And to complement and amplify the right words.
#6 Visualize your audience
Many people do get nervous when they have a virtual presentation. Especially in a situation where there’s no feedback from the audience’s reactions. The best thing to do is imagine all your audience sitting right behind your camera lens. It will help you stay engaged and input the necessary energy through your presentation.
#7 Avoid fidgeting
Many people become extra conscious of themselves while on a presentation and that can throw them off balance. To try to maintain balance, they resolve to fidget. This can distract your audience and give you off as being scared or unsure of what you’re saying. You can turn off your thumbnail if it’s your major cause of self-consciousness during your presentation.
#8 Smile through your presentation
Except you’re an army general trying to give an offensive charge to your army, then you should smile. When you smile, you look more attractive. You appear more successful. And mostly, it’s contagious. It will create an impression that will give a better bond between you and your audience and your presentation.
#9 Pitch your voice
An army general won’t be passing an offensive charge in a low pitch. You will expect their pitch to be as high and aggressive as possible. Make your pitch correspond with whatever you’re presenting. For example, If you’re trying to present a new idea to a board, your pitch should be as formal, moderate, enthusiastic, proactive and optimistic as possible.
Whether you like it or not, your appearance matters a lot. This is what your audience will notice before they hear you speak. There are no laid down rules on how to appear for a presentation. But simply appear the way you would have if it weren’t a virtual presentation.
Conclusion: Some virtual presentation tips sound obvious, but record yourself and judge by yourself what your non-verbal communication was like from 1 to 10 and keep on improving.