Virtual Presentations Can Be Better than Live – Expert Advice

Virtual Presentations have long-term impact. When your message is memorable, your communication clear, and your presentation powerful, you will position yourself for greater success.

This is Patricia Fripp, THE presentation skills expert, suggesting that sometimes, virtual presentations are better than in-person ones. My last keynote speech that was to be delivered right before the pandemic was canceled. The subject was business storytelling, a skill this team knew they needed to master. I suggested that we could do this virtually. When they realized it will be a long time before we get together because we’re all over the country and in Europe, they said, “How would you handle this?”

A Brilliant Idea

Meanwhile, an innovative leader had suggested they break into teams of eight and write a TED Talk about a different part of the business than the one they actually worked in. They were to fast forward two years into the future and look back at how they had innovatively and creatively served their customers during the pandemic.

One person from each of the 10 teams delivered the talk. They were recorded. I reviewed them, had them transcribed, rewrote the openings and the closings, and gave specific suggestions on how each talk could be improved. Finally, I delivered a live virtual presentation introducing the very best Fripp “structure your presentation and business presentation storytelling techniques,” introduced all the ways the Ted Talks could be improved, and sent them back for the teams.

They got together, looked at another part that I had not improved, and worked collaboratively to rewrite it. A new person from the group was selected to deliver that segment to the group.

To Learn a Skill You Need to be Immersed

In advance, I worked with them to make sure they were incorporating the techniques they had learned in the web training as well as possible.

Then we had a live virtual presentation for everyone. They all agreed that this process would have a greater long-term impact than even the very best keynote speech. Sometimes virtual presentations can be more powerful because they can be part of a long-term process. And if you need help with your presentations, you have a best friend who is a presentation skills expert. Let’s talk.

Virtual Presentations Will Have a Long-term Impact when Part of a Process.


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“Your presentations on storytelling and superstar sales presentations and executive speech coaching have had a tremendous impact on our business.”

– Tom Esposito, Director Channel Marketing, Zebra Technologies

Companies that want to drive sales and gain a competitive edge hire Patricia Fripp to help them improve their important conversations and presentations. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote, “One of the best ways to invest in success is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp.” Fripp was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Sales” and is among the “Top 30 Coaching Gurus.”