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How to Not Suck on Zoom: Alfred Poor on PYP 497


Like it or not, many of us spend hours a day communicating via Zoom and other audiovisual platforms.

And whether we're doing it for work, or activism, or volunteering, we're showing up to get something important done. Which typically involves influencing the other people on the call, and those who may later watch the recording.

Unfortunately, our collective Zoom game hasn't kept pace with the growth of the medium.

I mean, most of us have learned how to be presentable in person. We bathe, dress appropriately for the situation, make eye contact, speak clearly, and don't fidget.

But on Zoom, it's pretty rare to find someone really rocking their visuals and sound. And that compromises our effectiveness.

Today's guest, Alfred Poor, is an expert on helping people look and sound great on Zoom. I was a guest on his podcast a few weeks ago, talking about my and Peter Bregman's new book, You Can Change Other People (have I mentioned it lately?). And when I found out that Alfred's passion (one of them, presumably) is empowering people to be more effective and engaging digital communicators, I selfishly thought, “Let me invite him to my podcast to give me a blistering critique so I can get better at this myself.”

And so that's what we talked about on this episode. Since it's visually based, I highly recommend watching the video (above) rather than just listening to the audio.

In our conversation, you (and I) will learn a bunch of powerful principles, strategies, tactics, and tricks to be more effective in audiovisual format. Like:

  • how to reduce other people's Zoom fatigue through your presentation
  • the hierarchy of inputs
  • why trying to replicate in-person events online is a mistake, and what to do instead
  • what technology you need, and why
  • what to watch for instruction and inspiration in being a better presenter
  • how to position your camera so you look trustworthy
  • lighting secrets
  • where to position your microphone
  • the surprising Zoom use case for a teleprompter (no, it's not for reciting a script)
  • and much more…

Links

SpeakerSpringboard.com

My Gear (Amazon affiliate links)

Camera #1: Canon SL3

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Continuous power supply for Canon

Camera #2: Sony ZV-1

Continuous power supply for Sony

Microphone: Rode NT-1 (kit)

Microphone boom arm: Rode PSA-1

Audio Interface: Behringer U-Phoria UMC2020HD

You CAN Change Other People!

Well, that's what Peter Bregman and I claim in our provocative new book of that title.

What we really mean is, you can help the people around you make behavioral changes in their own best interests. If you think you're powerless to help people change, it's because you've been going about it the wrong way.

Discover our straightforward, replicable process here: You Can Change Other People.

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It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

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