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Why our brains struggle with virtual meetings virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

One of the big drawbacks about communicating in the virtual world is the lack of feedback. In particular, the screeen-to-screen format neutralizes our ability to pick up the cues and clues of body language we depend on in face-to-face encounters.

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Introducing the Virtual Speaker course Aug 16, 2020

Not so long ago as a speaker you just had to worry about your content and making a connection to your live audience.

Oh, and maybe you worried a little about your slides looking good.

Now you have to juggle all of this, plus worry about your...

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Speaking styles need to change in virtual world virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my new online presentations skills course, The Virtual Speaker.

As I’ve been researching and creating the four lessons in The Virtual Speaker, it’s been interesting to see just how much...

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Combining story and data to save lives storytelling Aug 16, 2020

The World Economic Forum has published an interesting article on lessons the Covid-19 crisis can teach us about communicating important topics to a wide audience when the information you are sharing could be seen as dry data.

The article says...

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Adapting speaking skills to the virtual world speaking virtual events zoom Jul 14, 2020

Speaking to a virtual audience is different from speaking to a live audience.  To be successful in the virtual world, you need to understand that world, and how it differs fundamentally from the live world.

Here’s the most important...

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Virtual meetings fail without real connections virtual meetings zoom Jul 13, 2020

We had two conversations with executives in the last few days, one in the UK, one in Canada. Different characters, different businesses - but both complained about the same thing: Zoom fatigue.

Both said they routinely would have five or six...

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Webcam Tip #5 - All about lighting virtual meetings webcams Jul 13, 2020

So far, in this series of short video tips about how to look good when using a video conferencing app, we've looked at how to set up the computer, how to avoid distracting backgrounds, where to look and what to wear. Today, for the fifth in...

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Are live conferences dead? Jun 30, 2020

I have seen the future and it is virtual. Recently, I participated in a virtual leadership conference on a platform called Remo. It was as good as being at a live conference. Actually better, because there were no lineups to the washrooms.

Remo...

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Slow and steady wins the networking race networking Jun 12, 2020

How do you network when you can’t leave the house? Michael Hughes knows how.

Michael Hughes is North America’s undisputed networking guru. For over 25 years he’s taught executives and professionals how to accelerate their...

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Are you a victim of Zoom fatigue? We have the remedy body language video calls zoom Jun 06, 2020

Has Zoom fatigue set in yet? If it has, don’t worry; you are not alone. A lot of people are reporting feeling unnaturally tired or stressed after a video-conference session, whether it’s Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.

Instances of...

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Webcam Tip #4 webcam tips Jun 06, 2020

So far, in this series of short video tips about how to look good when using a video conferencing app, we've looked at how to set up the computer, how to avoid distracting backgrounds, and what to wear.

Today, for the fourth in this series of six...

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The bigger the crisis, the smaller the words you need crisis communications writing Jun 05, 2020

If you want your words to have impact, keep them simple. A great article in the Harvard Business Review brings this home wonderfully, by looking at some of the messaging around Covid-19.

When New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued the order that...

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