6 Tips for On-Screen Public Speaking

With the growing popularity of webinars and webcasts, more people are getting the opportunity to give public talks on screen. Like any other kind of public speaking, on-screen presentation with webcasts makes many of us a bit nervous—and this type of public speaking can be daunting in its own unique ways.

To help you nail that presentation despite the nerves, here are six on-screen public speaking tips. Following these will help you keep the tone friendly, leading to a positive overall vibe:

Step 1: Eat.

It seems like a no-brainer, but people mess this up a lot—and when they do, it shows. A hungry speaker is rarely a good speaker.

Even if you don’t feel hungry before your talk, have a light snack. Giving a presentation can be surprisingly draining, and viewers will notice if your energy starts to fade midway through. You’re also more likely to make more mistakes and feel more nervous if you’re hungry. This is an easy way to start off on the right foot!

Step 2: Test your audio and video.

Nothing throws off a great mojo like an attendee commenting, “Your mic is malfunctioning.”

Prevent this before it happens by test-calling a friend 15 minutes before your talk. This way, you’ll be 100% confident that you’ll be seen and heard clearly.

Step 3: Engage viewers in the text chat.

If you watch great webinar hosts like Neil Patel, you’ll find certain patterns in the way they give their talks. This is one of them. You can make an awesome impression super easily by asking a question and encouraging people to type their answers in the chatbox.

Note that the questions don’t have to be deep. In fact, it’s better if they’re not too deep. You want maximum participation in your chat because it’ll make viewers feel valued.

Here are a few good questions to ask:

  • Where are you calling in from? (Amazingly effective with a global audience!)
  • What’s the #1 business goal you think this webinar can help you with?
  • How did you find out about this webcast?

Starting with some back-and-forth with your viewers builds trust and rapport, and it works even on people who know what you’re doing. Try it!

Step 4: Tell stories.

People love feeling like they’re being given special, personal information. You can create that feeling by telling personal stories. Don’t be afraid to get personal and use the words “I” and “you.”

Similar to the questions, the stories don’t have to be super profound. Simply taking a general storytelling approach works wonders. For example, you can talk about what led you to host this webinar in the first place. You can also use anecdotal examples to illustrate the points you’re making. Doing this will make your presentation more memorable, and it will also make you come across as more genuine.

Step 5: Repeat your salient points.

People remember things much, much better when you repeat them. Instead of rephrasing your big points or giving rambling details, it’s better to repeat yourself succinctly.

Step 6: End with a question.

You started by engaging your viewers in the chat, and you can end by engaging them again. Once again, simple questions are highly effective. Great finishing questions include:

  • What’s the first idea from this talk that you’re going to go and apply?
  • Did you learn something new today?
  • What was your favorite part of this talk?

Ending with a two-way conversation also has the added bonus of making you seem more real and approachable, which is a great thing if you want people to contact you following your talk.

Step Zero: Have the right tech.

None of this is possible without professional webcasting software. We provide businesses with an easy-to-use, secure and scalable technology to help you produce high-profile, engaging webcasts for thousands of attendees every time.

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