Don’t be like a deer in headlights- here are some tricks for acing online presentation

Hello and welcome back to my blog.
Last Thursday, I attended a webinar held by IPMA Young Crew Croatia and guest speaker was Tea Zavacki. The topic of the webinar was Communication in front of the camera and Tea gave so many useful tips.

1.) Know your audience: What do they need?
What you know what your audience needs you can prepare your Power Point presentation using 4MAT structure

structuring your key message

Source

Your presentation needs to answer to the 4 questions:
Why?Why is this important?
What? What your audience needs to know?
How? How will your product help them?
What if? What if your client is not satisfied with a product, what will you do? You can use it also for the conclusion of your presentation.

2.) Nonverbal communication

Since we communicate non verbally for 55% of the time, pay close attention to your body, gestures and ticks.
Have an open body language: chest out, posture straight, shoulders rolled back. Chin is parallel with the floor.
Feel free to use your hands for communication but don’t cover your face.
Try to at least one sentence say looking straight into the camera.
A preference of mine is also not to have anything between and camera and I like to get close to the camera.
Tea also advises for virtual background if you don’t have super professional background.

3.) Stage fright

Okay, we are not used to to look into the camera. It can be scary and we are afraid of not being accepted by our group.
Stage fright is showing up in the first three minutes of presentation so start your presentation with questions (IE. how are you?) and develop discussion, not your monologue.
You need to prepare yourself (practice at home) and presentation, try to see possible risks and what will you do to avoid them or minimize them.
Last advice you are not going to like it: PRACTICE & FEEDBACK.

Bonus tip: Dance for 3 minutes before online presentation.

I hope this is helpful for you and I’d like to recommend you a blog post about successful public speaking.
Tell me what advice is most useful to you in the comment section.

XO,
Lucija

Life after quarantine

Hello and welcome back to my blog.

From 11. May, our lock down is officially over. We still follow the rules of WHO and Croatian institute of public health, but we can go out, to the gym, to the bar etc. However, in this lock down, I left all my goals, dreams, everything. I just eat, sleep, watch Netflix. I was so not productive and it is okay. You don’t need to be productive in the global pandemic.
However, I do strive when I am busy and I actually love to be busy. It means that I am achieving something. When I was in school & work, I was very organized and I was achieving my goals, but when I graduated, later when I was unemployed, I didn’t know what to do with so much free time. I didn’t have accountability. I had no boss, no kids, no husband, no dog be responsible. Dream of every teenager. I was not a teen. Slug, depressed state was catching up. Plan for the day was just existing. Cycle of eat- watch TV- sleep. For that you don’t need a planer.

After all this craziness, I realized that I don’t lead the life of discipline so it can be very chaotic. My mom is very organized and disciplined woman, that characteristic I haven’t inherit from her. For now, my main goal is to be more disciplined when I have free time and as a result I will be more productive. Habits are key in life. With our habits we can change life. I know I’ll do my best to work on my habits and discipline. Everyday I choose what I want to be: a) organized and productive person or b) lazy and chaotic person. Every decision is vote for person A or person B. Eat salad is vote for person A. Spending time on YouTube- Vote for person B. So for now I am trying to be more of a person A and also I am working on leaving bad habits.
What do you do in this lock down? Are you productive, learning Japanese, writing a book or you are taking time off? After all this is over, will you work on your habits? Let me know down below.

XO,

Lucija

How to start after long pause?

 

Hello!

I took a huge pause from blogging and creating content in general. I felt fed up with writing and I felt I need a break. However, I didn’t have an end date of this pause. This is my mistake. The general feeling of being fed up with almost every aspect of life and blog hiatus was just first sacrificed. How can I write blog posts if I am feeling stagnant? Who will read it? So I took a big break and I am not sorry for it. When I look back, I enjoyed my time off from the blog.

Life happens between breaks and I get to enjoy it, spend time with my friends and family, made new friends and learn new things. I tried to grow as a person. Even if I wasn’t writing, I tried to learn new craft or skill.

After I decided to start again, I had almost 2 months long conversations with myself. Should I continue or no? What will I say to people? Do I still have time, energy and will to start again? I want to, but I am not so sure. If I start this and fail, people will remember this forever. It took me so long to start to write again because I was scared. I gave a big name to a new beginning.

 A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb.

Writing the first blog post, it doesn’t make me a blogger. Having a camera and clicking away, it doesn’t make me a photographer. Writing a blog post can give me an idea if I am like writing it or I am not that interested in blogging as a form. I already know that I like writing and blog, but I need the courage to publish posts for the whole world to see. I would like for this blog to keep running.

Like Marie Foleo said it:

Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. 

So I found courage, find a person who will help me with technical stuff and started to type this post. I know, in general, what kind of content I want to create. With engagement and as I and blog grow, it will be adjusted to suit new needs. Hope you will stick around.