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  • Writer's pictureJaime A. Zucker

40 Tips to Successful Virtual Speaking Engagements

Below are top leader's suggestions and words of advice to step up your virtual speaking for monetization.

  1. Be authentic to yourself

  2. Be honest

  3. Be different because “different is better than better”

  4. Try standing to command your space

  5. Think about your backdrop and/or background

  6. Have a personality

  7. Have speaker support for technology and to monitor the comments/chat

  8. Use virtual presentations but try not to have too many colors, sounds, or transitions

  9. Make sure you have good lighting

  10. Make sure you have good audio

  11. Do not lack energy

  12. Be prepared and do not wing it!

  13. Be consistent for different platforms

  14. Offer impact with activities, polls, videos, breakout rooms, props, dress-up, and themes

  15. Create unique experiences

  16. Don’t allow others facial expressions to lead you

  17. Be ready for 1 or 100 people

  18. Have back up plans for an issues that arise

  19. Be confident

  20. Use tools like registration for control and to prescreen

  21. Plan transitions from topic to topic

  22. Always practice your pace and timing

  23. Engage with audience by asking questions

  24. Be present and pay attention

  25. Do not be generic or basic

  26. Show your audience, do not just tell them

  27. Ask your audience to change their “name” to connect for a 1-to-1 experience

  28. Configure your Wifi to the most optimal level

  29. Offer give-a-ways to participants

  30. Follow-up with notes, downloads, thank yous, and/or gifts

  31. Market to your virtual stage

  32. Collaborate with colleagues

  33. Host a short “Lunch and Learn” with family, friends, and/or colleagues to practice

  34. Host a Q&A after your virtual event to connect with your audience

  35. Make sure you know what your story and message are

  36. Record all presentations (with permission)

  37. Create demo and highlight reels from recordings

  38. Invite current clients to your speaking engagement

  39. Be active on numerous platforms so everyone can see your voice before they pay for your event

  40. Do not turn down free speaking engagements because you can make money selling your products and services


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