How To Create A Real Connection With A Virtual Audience

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Virtual presenting can be a disconcerting experience for both the speaker and audience, both of whom may struggle to gauge the mood and atmosphere of the discussion.

Pre-COVID, when presenting in person we had live interaction, with speakers often being spurred on by murmurs of agreement, nods from the crowd, and questions that could be asked without the stilted delay of weak internet connections. In this age of virtual presentations, with many people choosing to mute their mics and turn off their cameras, audience feedback becomes the missing piece of the puzzle. This is why we must rethink how we approach the medium, to ensure that, even virtually, there is a connection between speaker and audience.

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During the session, L&D expert Brian Patman explained how you can create a connection with a virtual audience using 2 simple tactics:

  • Know and care about your presentation subject
  • Apply a structure for engagement

This structure for engagement, which was explored in-depth on the day, is comprised of 3 key elements:

  1. Preparing
  2. Engaging
  3. Delivering

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About The Presenter

Brian is a learning and development expert whose work is based on the practical application of behavioral psychology in interpersonal and commercial transactions.

He has worked in financial services for nearly thirty years. While responsible for management development in Lloyds UK Retail Banking, he originated many training programs, covering topics including leadership development, people management, communication and writing, time management, team development, influencing skills, and negotiation.

He then went to work in the City, leading the global learning and development functions of Credit Suisse, Commerzbank and Cazenove.

Brian believes that learning must be practical and immediately relevant. His courses use participative and collaborative approaches, enabling learners to develop a high level of personal and interpersonal skills. He has delivered training, coaching and consulting services to clients worldwide. He has also helped HR specialists throughout Europe and the Middle East achieve CIPD professional qualifications.

Brian has also been a consultant to UK Athletics and devised and delivered the programme “Mental Preparation for Performance” for members of the UK elite women’s athletics squad and their coaches.