I’ve worked from home or on the road for over 16 years, and have taught thousands of online classes along the way. My advice for getting ready to teach or present online has always included being “extra-prepared” like a world-class athlete. You’ve probably even used my “Extra-Prepared Virtual Trainer Checklist.” But how does that advice stand up in 2020, when almost everyone is working from home, sharing space with family members, and managing limited resources?
Here are my three recommended priorities for virtual facilitators, trainers, and presenters who are working from home:
- Use a headset for audio (noise-canceling if possible) instead of trying to use your device’s built-in speakers and microphone. Without them, your device will pick up extra sounds that distract your audience, even if you’re in a quiet location.
- Position your webcam at eye level, with light in front of you (instead of behind you). Even if this means creating a make-shift standing desk or putting your external webcam on a nearby shelf, it will make a huge difference on the other side of the screen. You don’t need to invest a lot of money into a fancy setup or have a perfectly curated background, just pay attention to the angle and lighting.
- Clear the desk/table space in front of your device before going live. Have only what you need for the program and nothing more. That way, you aren’t distracted by your own to-do list!
I’m in the midst of creating a “Working-from-Home Extra Prepared Virtual Presenter” checklist and would love to see your work-from-home setups. Comment below.