The Guide To Making Your Zoom Meetings Memorable

Derick David

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Make your story more memorable using these simple techniques.

Nowadays, every student, full-time worker, or startup founder spends a lot of time speaking online.

Whether it’s leading a team meeting, pitching an investor, or speaking in a conference, you need to take note of how to deliver your message.

Today I was in a conference call with a business advisor and team where we discussed our future plans for our business.

At some point, I was told that my presence in Zoom presentations and meetings was incredible and they started noticing how it can affect positively our online interactions.

One of my team members doesn’t use hand gestures when he speaks and he puts himself in a slouch position. It can sometimes throw off the listener.

Then, one team member moves a lot as he tends to reach objects left to right on his desk and this distracts the viewers and it can cause confusion.

Becoming a great speaker is an efficient and effective way path to enhance your credibility and social status.

With no further ado, public speaking is one of our biggest fears and it’s actually art as much as a science.

I’m going to share tactical, but super practical tips that I use in my Zoom meetings that can help you become a better speaker in your meeting as well.

And with some tactics and practical tips along with some practice, you can make an amazing impression so that your audience will remember you.

Here are five simple public speaking tactics that can help you nail your next Zoom speech.

Watch Your Body language

The first step of having great body language is to first make sure most of your torso is visible in the camera.

Take a look at yourself before you hit the button to attend your meeting. Make sure the camera frame is proportional to your body presence.

Before I attend a Zoom meeting I always click “Test audio & video” on Zoom to always make sure that the audio is clear enough and my camera presence is well fitted.

People need to see you and they need to see very well enough process your existence. This allows your audience to gauge whether you have an open and inviting presence.

This also gives you an opportunity to use your hands for gestures.

Like speaking in public with 5000s of people, even on Zoom, body language matters.

  1. Shoulders should be relaxed and put back
  2. Lean close to the camera to create intimacy
  3. Make your sitting straight
  4. And don’t slouch

Use your body language effectively just in real life.

Use hand gestures

I’m 100% sure that I’m one of those people that uses hand gestures anywhere and I do it every chance I get.

I spent most of my teenage years in Italy where most of the communication is through non-verbal languages, like hand gestures.

Hand gestures can help you shape clearer thoughts, speak in a concise way and use more declarative language.

This benefits both sides of the equation, you and your audience.

If you’re not sure how useful hand gestures are, try doing speech without your hands moving and try doing another with your hands moving.

Now, gauge the difference and ask yourself which one catches your attention the most. I know exactly is your answer is.

Yes, that is one of the reasons using hand gestures is a must if you’re speaking publicly. Not only does this make your presentation more engaging but you can also use them to create a movement for the audience.

  1. There are no rules for hand gestures but use accordingly.

For example, if you have two points, use your left hand on one side and the right on the other to anchor the points.

Take advantage of your body movements

Unless you’re in a dancing class, don’t move carelessly. Instead, move your body intentionally.

Most of the time, not moving your body can be seen better than moving your body a lot. It just distracts people.

If I have to do an urgent movement that involves a lot of body movements, I turn off the camera. But try to avoid it as much as you can.

Your body movements can make and break your online presence as people think there is something going on behind the camera.

Do you want to be more informal? Move side to side and sway a bit because it helps put other people at ease.

Want to demonstrate this or that? Move left to right.

Excited? Move swiftly to show it.

Take advantage of the head nod as well, especially when someone else is asking a question. This shows you acknowledge what they say.

Do Facial expressions

Unless your Mark Zuckerberg, facial expressions are crucial and they are used to measure the speaker’s ability to express a statement through emotion.

Why? People want to relate and resonate with your story.

And speaking in public is all about hooking your audience to you.

Part of what I learned from becoming a better speaker both on Zoom or a physical room is that you have to acknowledge people through your facial expressions.

Even a smirk could make a difference.

Know that your audience is easily hooked with your emotions, so you have to find a way to lead from that angle.

For Zoom, these are also super important.

Smile, act surprised or impressed. It is absolutely possible to control your facial expressions to create a point.

Steve Jobs does this so well that people are easily engaged when he speaks. People pay to every detail of Steve’s speech from body language, hand gestures, body movements, and facial expressions.

Speak with rhythm

In the world of sports, like Basketball, rhythm is crucial and it can be the difference if you score your next shot or not. Same for music, listeners are easily dissatisfied when the song follows the same rhythm.

Why? Predictability.

It’s the same thing for public speaking. Don’t speak too fast without pausing or slowing down, because you might lose the audience at some point.

Let me share with you a trick that I keep in mind in every meeting.

Speak like you’re singing a song. Trust me you will never lose your audience when you do this!

Also, you can use dynamic pacing when it comes to Zoom.

Speak normally to fast to slow.

  1. When telling a story, go slow
  2. When making a point, go fast

Change your pace to release a sense of mystery or thrill.

Different paces will keep your audience engaged.

The Takeaway

Every new place you go gives you an opportunity to meet new people and because we’ve moved all physical interactions into digital interactions, mechanics started changing.

You should start adopting new ways to maintain your reputation or status.

Let me make you an example, in a pitch competition, the person who has the best idea or business model doesn’t always win — a better speaker does.

These are 5 practical tips that can help you crush your next pitch, team meeting, or class presentation. And if you’ve made it this far, you probably want to improve your speaking skills.

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