Zoom has practically become a way of life during this pandemic, with millions of people using the program to host work meetings, attend online classes, and even put on concerts and other performances. Sadly, this reliance on Zoom for seemingly everything has led to people being Zoomed out. Simply put, after someone’s spent the last several hours in a Zoom meeting or class, the last thing they want to do is spend a few more hours in another Zoom meeting room, even if they would be doing something fun.
If you regularly use Zoom to connect with others, this kind of burnout is a huge problem. It’s also one that you need to somehow overcome if you’re going to get anyone to participate in your own meetings and presentations. While you can’t control how people feel about spending more time on Zoom than they have to, you can make your virtual events a bit easier to sit through.
One of the keys to connecting with others via Zoom is to understand how others see you during a Zoom meeting. A lot of public speakers who aren’t used to virtual events still go through their presentations like they are speaking to a live crowd. They are all about large gestures, loud voices, and long periods where they are the only ones speaking. That doesn’t work when your camera is a few feet from you and everyone else sees you as a face on a computer screen. Instead, treat your presentation like a video production. Find a good producer and host, and remember that you aren’t playing to a large live crowd anymore.
One major advantage that Zoom presentations have over in-person presentations is that they can more easily be broken into short segments. Since so many people get burned out on using Zoom for work and school, they will appreciate being able to step away from their computers after a ten-minute segment. As the organizer of the event, you also don’t have to worry about whether people are in their seats or whether the door to your venue is closed.
Zoom meetings also allow the participants to communicate with you and themselves. Zoom has a text chat option for those who are more camera-shy or who don’t have great microphones, but you can allow anyone to speak on camera with a push of a button. Taking full advantage of these features will help your audience feel more engaged, which might help cut down on burnout. It’s a way to take advantage of the online presentation format. It is considerably different from an in-person presentation, and recognizing that might the secret of overcoming burnout for those who are on Zoom for eight hours a day.