(Author of Listful Living) Paula Rizzo shares her tips for navigating remote work and attending virtual meetings like a pro.

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We all know from experience that COVID-19 means events, meetings and speaking engagements around the world have been virtual for the past year.

It’s a different dynamic than being in person, of course. But it can be just as powerful — if you’re doing it right.

As humans, we thrive off energy and connection. It’s hard to feel these things if you’re not in the same room as someone, unless you’re thoughtful about how you design and participate in virtual meetings. 

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Take it from me — I live my life on virtual video calls. All day, everyday, I’m connecting with people all over the world virtually. 

As a media trainer, I work with executives, experts, entrepreneurs, authors and speakers to help them become more compelling on camera. 

I’ve spent my career as an Emmy Award-winning television producer helping experts, anchors and reporters get their ideas to millions of people through a tiny camera lens.

That’s right – no audience in the room. Yet what experts say to that camera makes all the difference.

Whether you’d doing media interviews or presenting your ideas to your team via video chat there are secrets that can skyrocket your virtual presentations. 

Communicating virtually is a skill you can learn. Here’s my top three tips for presenting better virtually: 

1. Always opt to be on camera

I know you may want to be in your PJs for your call, but trust me on this one. Get on camera and connect. There’s something really powerful about seeing someone vs. just hearing their voice.

People get to know, like and trust you this way. Always opt to be on camera. And don’t worry, you can still wear slippers, no one will know! (I always wear mine — even when I was shooting my upcoming LinkedIn Learning course).

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2. Look at the camera.

And I mean DIRECTLY at the camera. Stop looking at yourself! (If you want to find out how to look better on camera, check out this guide). You want to connect with the person you’re talking to and by looking at the little green dot at the top of your computer you’ll do that. Or if you’re using a smartphone – make sure to look at the camera lens, not yourself. 

If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out “ Virtual Meeting Pro,” my online training to elevate your virtual and video presentation skills. 

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3. Headline it.

The average attention span is just eight seconds. Say what you need to say succinctly and in a compelling way. This is a tip I give to all my media-training clients. Take what you want to say and see if you can say it in headline form – just one sentence. Don’t bury the lead. This will keep people’s attention and get your message across more powerfully. I call this the “Accordion Method.” 

If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out “ Virtual Meeting Pro,” my online training to elevate your virtual and video presentation skills. 

Don’t let your personality and insights get lost through the camera lens! If you have tips you use to boost your virtual communication skills, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. 

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BONUS FREEBIE: Your message deserves the media’s attention. So how do you get out there in a bigger way? I’ve got you covered. CLICK HERE to grab my free “Checklist to Become a Go-To Media Expert.”

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Listful Living by Paula Rizzo

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A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You

A best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer for nearly 20 years, Paula Rizzo produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. Rizzo brings her experience to this new project. Readers will learn their stress style and strategies for shaping their days in more productive ways. With self-assessments and exercises, this guide will bring readers to better patterns and better, more organized lives.

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