Using slides or other visuals can really enhance the quality of the video experience. Letting others see what your ideas are or what you're presenting about in a visual way can reinforce the positive meeting experience.
- If you think back to some of the best meetings or presentations you've heard of or have seen, what about them makes them great? Oftentimes it's because there is a surprise element to it. Either they offered an insight you didn't know about or the visuals were unexpectedly interesting. In a video meeting you have an opportunity to leave an impression on those who are watching. And because you're on video, it's an opportunity to use visuals to their fullest. If you think about it, chances are this is the only way many of those around the world will see you because everyone is remote. So treat this video conference as if it's just as important as an in-person meeting. So, if you're leading a video meeting, a great way to develop executive presence is to think of creative ways to showcase your points and enhance your takeaways. We spoke about PowerPoint presentations earlier, and they are a great way to to get points across in a visual medium. If you're not going to be using a PowerPoint, many video platforms have a shared screen function so others can see what you're seeing. Feel free to use this and have visuals prepared on your screen, like a picture you want to show or a video you want to play. These are both ways to share visuals from your computer with others. But taking it a step further, if you're in a meeting and you're discussing a consumer product, a great way to enhance your visual presentation is to have the product with you so you can hold it up on camera. Though we don't have the luxury of passing it around, the mere action of you having it with you and holding it as a demonstration is a great way to show you're prepared and proactive. And if you're not the one leading the meeting and still want to contribute, having a visual prepared to get your particular point across is a great way to show you're being proactive, which will likely trigger the audience to take you more seriously.
Learn how to shine on video conference calls. Communication consultant Jessica Chen provides expert advice to look and sound confident, collected, and smart on your next conference call or video presentation. Discover how to prepare your material, how to contribute to the call, and how to incorporate engaging visuals. Get body language, posture, and wardrobe tips to make a powerful impression. Finally, learn the technical details to building a mini "studio" for conducting calls, including choosing a webcam, lighting yourself, and placing a microphone for quality sound.
- Recall the characteristics of an effective PowerPoint used during a video conference call.
- Explain why you might look at the screen, rather than the camera lens, during a video conference call.
- Recognize the best strategy for positioning a laptop and its camera for the most flattering and engaging look.
- Tell why a salesperson might use a pull-down backdrop screen during video conferencing.
- Summarize the leadership skill used to make sure all attendees are on the same page after a video conference.