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Sharp at Skype and virtual meetings

Learn to present effectivily and engaging at Skype and reach your audience 

Why: With many meetings nowadays taking place virtually, it is extra important to be able to catch the listeners’ attention with a varied narrative style, a well-controlled voice, inner calm, varied language, correct microphone use, and a precisely aimed message. It is also important to be able to engage the listeners by involving them through rhetorical questions that they do not need to answer, or by addressing them directly by mentioning their names or location – it will help to hold their focus.

Training your virtual impact is a very important skill to learn, since virtual meetings demand more than a meeting at which everyone is physically present. We must ensure that important messages, information, time and money are not wasted, especially when the message must hit the target precisely, even when filtered through different cultures and languages.

Virtual meetings also save a lot of time, money and transport.

What are the challenges? Hello: Making a presentation “into the void”, often with no direct contact with the listeners, can cause thoughts like, “Are they listening? Do they understand what I’m saying?” to arise. The result can be an insecure and unclear performance. If you know what to do to get your message across, on the other hand, you will have an effective tool on which to base your presentation.

Your voice is the human link between the messenger and the listeners, so you need it to function clearly and dynamically. However, between 55-75% of all people have some kind of dysfunction of the voice, such as a tendency to mumble or to speak at too fast a pace. So it is very common for your voice not to behave as you wish, and for the audience not to understand what is being said.

Nervousness or insecurity is also quite normal when you need to make a virtual presentation. This often impacts the tone and pronunciation of your voice, when a confident and clear voice is exactly what you need to ensure the success of the meeting – just as a good sense of inner calm provides a better overall grasp and makes it easier to steer the situation in the desired direction.

Holding presentations in a foreign language is also a factor that can create uncertainty for many people, and this will also often affect the sound of your voice and your pronunciation. When we are speaking in a foreign language, there is often a reaction time between the brain and the physical mechanism involved in pronouncing the words. It is also a question of the difference in frequencies between the languages.

When you are challenged by both nervousness and a foreign language, voice training and insight into what is going on in the brain and the pronunciation mechanism can help you to have a much better presentation experience. It will also give you the courage to hold the important artificial pauses and achieve a good sense of inner calm.

Preparing the message and presentation so that it is interesting and clearly conveyed requires that you know what the real essence of your message is, what it is you want to say, what you wish to show on any slides, and what you can put on as a “still image” if you do not have to show slides.

Preparing the audience, so that they know what to expect, and to ensure that they are ready at their screens at the arranged time, is also an important parameter in the success of the presentation.

Is the microphone set to reproduce the sound well? 
A microphone that does not produce an optimal sound can destroy your entire presentation and dialogue. Poor sound can mean that your messages will not be understood, or that the listening ability of your audience becomes strained. 
What can you learn from the course?

  • How to present clear and engaging at Skype and virtual meetings
  • How to use your voice in a physically and mentally correct manner
  •  How to turn on your impact, both physically and mentall
  • How to control insecurity and gain inner calm 
  • How to use clear and inspiering slides or "still fotos"
  • How to get rid of various voice challenges
  • How to create volume, sensible tempi, good emphasis and dynamics, complete sentences and endings, and efficiently emphasise the most important words and abbreviations 
  • How to become better at giving presentations in another language 
  • How to “warm up” before “showtime”
  • How to turn on your impact, both physically and mentally
  • How to control insecurity and gain inner calm 
  • How good posture and sitting or standing correctly in front of the screen secures a good, confident voice and impact 
  • Why it’s a good idea to avoid certain types of food and drink, throat lozenges and medications that may affect your voice 
  • How to “save” your voice on a bad voice day, such as when you have a cold 

After the course, your company will have an employee who: 

  •  Can optimally promote the company’s messages and visions, both internally and externally
  •  Can best represent the company and its products and give the desired impression to the outside world 
  •  Can provide clear, engaging and captivating presentations, especially when the voice is your only communication instrument, and you are looking at a screen 
  •  Can speak clearly, with emphasis and variation in tone, volume and tempo, using artificial pauses
  • Can understand the technical speech differences involved in switching from one language to another, and is able to set the “language switch” in the voice and brain 
  • Uses the important artificial pauses 
  • Understands how important it is to set the microphone to give the best possible sound
  • Knows how to achieve a good sense of inner calm, energy and faith that the listeners are attentive 

Structure of the course 
The course begins with an introduction to the topic, and participants will be activated right from the start. The participants will be required to prepare one or two brief Skype presentations to be given from home, through which they will train their new tools. The presentations may either be in Danish or English.

This course is NOT virtual, why tools as voicetraining, requires that we meet face to face

NB: On this course, the participants will already have learned how to share slides and structure their presentations so as to allow the audience to concentrate on the actual message being communicated. 

Course instructor Vibeke Krogsgaard, Voxlab 

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