Virtual Presenting: How to maximise effectiveness in a virtual environment

Virtual Presenting: How to maximise effectiveness in a virtual environment

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Has there ever been a better time to hone and polish your virtual presenting skills, and those of your teams? We might be biased, but we think not! The coronavirus pandemic forced a record number of people to work from home, with figures rising to a high of almost 50% in April 2020. In just four months, Zoom went from 10 million to 300 million daily users*. 

But what does this move into the virtual world mean for professionals? Even people who were experienced at holding virtual meetings have had to learn and adapt quickly. It has been a challenge to translate everything we do into the online world – from hosting conferences, video calls or webinars to delivering virtual presentations or pitches to remote teams, suppliers or customers. And it’s been tricky for teams. Meeting and presenting remotely is more difficult and getting a remote audience to engage and interact is much harder. 

Most professionals admit to being self-taught when it comes to presenting online, so now we know virtual is here to stay, isn’t it time to take the opportunity to learn from a professional and maximise your chances of success? 

How to

Do you want to master the art of virtual presenting?


Mini monkeys and chunky monkeys

Simply Amazing Training was founded over a decade ago to help people tame their Public Speaking Monkeys – the negative voices in our head that stop us from presenting to our full potential. There are two types of monkeys:

  • Mini monkeys that dent your confidence. These small worries stop you from being the best you can be. In the virtual world, these are worries like: “What if the technology goes wrong” and “They aren’t responding, am I boring them?”
  • Chunky monkeys cause fear and public speaking nerves. These can be deep-rooted worries causing crippling fear, leaving you shaky, sweaty and struggling to control your breathing – both in face to face or virtual scenarios.

We help you or your teams to overcome monkeys big and small, and our Virtual Presenting course is aimed at people with mini monkeys that pop up specifically from these new online demands. (For help with public speaking fear and those chunky monkeys, head to this page). 

Overcoming mini monkeys

Virtual presenting can go hand in hand with mini monkey worries because online meetings have taken many people out of their comfort zone. Even as a confident presenter when speaking in person, you can suddenly find yourself nervous about delivering online. You might feel out of your depth with the technology, or unsure of how to use the digital tools to your advantage. Perhaps the lack of audience response and interaction in an online setting – or even not being able to see people’s reactions clearly – leaves you feeling unsure. These worries are all perfectly normal. 

The good news is that we can help you to overcome these mini monkeys by: 

  • showing you the new skills needed in the online environment 
  • helping you develop a positive frame of mind around presenting virtually
  • giving you a safe environment to practice and apply your new learnings

Whereas many trainers will only teach you practical skillsets, Simply Amazing Training also works on your mindset. It’s the mindset that can take more work but will result in a long-term change in behavior. Once you are in the right frame of mind and know the skills, you will learn easily and see how to apply the approaches in a way that’s right for you and your business.     

Virtual isn’t going away – it’s here to stay!

Ready to banish those virtual presenting monkeys once and for all?


Simply Amazing Virtual Presenting

Are you or your team ready to deliver confident, professional and actionable online presentations? Our Virtual Presentations training programme has been tried and tested with online audiences, so we know it really works. With our 3-step approach, you will learn how to:

  • Build instant trust and rapport with your audience
  • Keep your listeners really engaged 
  • Get your audience to take the action you want them to.

As remote working becomes an option for many professionals, with companies like Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft leading the way, there has never been a more sensible time to invest in getting yourself and your teams presenting to the best of your abilities online. 

*From December 2019 – April 2020 (

It’s time to invest in yourself and your teams – do it now.  


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Dee Clayton

Posted by Dee Clayton on 11 Jan 2021

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