Colin ‘Virtual stages are here to stay’ Boyd had these 5 points when reviewing the mistakes people make while speaking from a virtual platform.

Mistake 1. Speaking to a camera, not an audience

Whenever you are presenting on a webinar or virtual stage, you must become acutely aware that there are real people listening and experiencing your content.

For me, when I look at the lens of my camera, I genuinely feel empathy for it.

(Let me be clear, I have no feelings for my camera but I deeply care about the audience that is listening on the other side of that camera)

You can pick up when a speaker feels connected to their audience on a virtual presentation, can’t you?

They ask better questions, they interact more, and the audience is highly responsive.

The problem is that when you speak on a virtual stage, it’s easy to disengage.

Think about it… when you are delivering a LIVE presentation it’s impossible to disengage because you’re physically looking at people looking at you!!!

But when you’re on a virtual stage you can’t see those people and it can feel distant.

This can’t be the case for you; you have to get better at feeling connected to your audience through a camera!

On the podcast, I share some practical ways that I do this here

Mistake 2: Assume people will be responsive

Have you ever delivered a virtual presentation and noticed that there are only a few comments?

Imagine you could 10 times the amount of engagement on your next presentation, what would that do for you?

We know that an engaged audience gets more from the presentation and are also more inclined to take the next step with you.

That’s why it’s so important to get good at engaging with your audience.

One of the ways to do this is through intentional questions.

Asking direct, clear, and simple questions provides the audience a mechanism for easily engaging with you and your content. This means that they will not only enjoy the presentation more but be more likely to enroll in your programs.

Mistake 3: Having a ‘bump in’ and ‘bump out’ set up

You have to make it easy for YOU to present.

About six months ago I spent the time to set up a permanent virtual stage so that in under 60 seconds I can be ready to speak on a professionally looking platform.

This has made my speaking experience so much easier and enjoyable.

I’ve spent the time to create a Virtual Studio Guide which outlines the exact setup I use for my permanent virtual stage.

You can check out the virtual studio guide here

These are just 3 of 5 big mistakes that I see people make on Virtual Stages.

Make sure to listen to the episode this week on the Expert Edge Podcast where we dive deep into all five mistakes and share with you some really practical strategies for overcoming these mistakes.

Let’s get you standing out for all the right reasons on a virtual stage.

>>> Listen to the iTunes podcast “5 Biggest Virtual Stage Mistakes People Make and How To Avoid Them
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