Sidestep your ego.
- Actively listen to others when they speak
- Show interest in both your messages and your audience
- Demonstrate empathy, a strong other-directed trait, by knowing and acknowledging listeners' dispositions, concerns, motives, and needs
- In conversations or Q&A, fall silent to allow others to speak; doing so shows respect and reinforces your expression of concern with the attitudes and perceptions of others
Refine your body language.
- Carry yourself as if you are enthusiastic about life; stand tall and be large—but not so looming that you take up all the space and air that pushes others out of your sphere
- Align your facial expressions with your messages and their emotional content; beware of the nodding and look of impatience that signals "Please finish so I can talk"
- Keep your body open—uncross your arms and legs, stay balanced and expansive
Perfect your diction.
- Use committed language ("I'll do it") as opposed to conditional ("I'll try")
- Avoid adverbs such as "clearly" and "obviously"; they sound condescending
Know the virtual considerations.
- Remember that all expressions, including micro movements, are more easily picked up during video conferencing
- Provide a space for everyone – not just the loudest participants – to speak
- Look directly into your camera while speaking to create a more profound and engaging connection
Organize for listener-friendliness.
- Get to the point; avoid long preambles
- Speak from a point rather than building toward one
- Be concise—eliminate junk words, unnecessary qualifiers, clichés, and trite phrases such as "suffice it to say" and "as it were"
Use your full voice, keeping it energized through the end of every sentence.
- The voice of presence is never monotonous; vary pitch and pace, sound and silence, volume and stress as you speak
Developing your own natural style of energy and vitality in communication can go a long way in building and strengthening presence. Demand that development of yourself; you'll find a greater command over your audience.