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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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Where does a powerful speech come from? Jun 02, 2020

Where does a powerful speech come from?

It doesn’t come from power. If it did, Donald Trump would deliver powerful, empathetic speeches instead of the empty, divisive rhetoric delivered in all-cap Tweets.

It doesn’t come from wealth....

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Is this the speech a nation has been waiting for? Jun 02, 2020

It’s been described as pitch perfect, a great speech, and ‘what a president sounds like’ when addressing a national crisis. But it didn’t come from the President.

Former vice-president Joe Biden, the presumptive challenger...

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Why you should treat your Zoom calls 'like a date' on camera zoom May 21, 2020

If you’ve been a top-flight sports broadcaster for ten years, a little thing like a Zoom video conference shouldn’t be a problem. And so it proved, when Doug MacLean was guest speaker at a Canadian Association of Professional Speakers...

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Tips to boost engagement during virtual sessions May 16, 2020

By Gerard Murphy, President, Barefoot Facilitation Inc.

What if people left your virtual sessions celebrating the outstanding experience they’ve just had?  That would be amazing, right?

I’ve attended countless virtual events since...

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