7 Tips for Speaking Online

I want to share with you 7 tips for standing out and speaking online.

#1 Get Your Energy Up

#1 – Get your energy up. This is the most important one in my opinion when you’re speaking online. When you show up on camera you want to be engaging and powerful.

You want to be who you are, introverted or extroverted whatever it is you still have the ability to exude energy, love, and engagement. Whether it is Facebook live or on Zoom, you want to have your energy up. It will come through the camera, people will feel you. Get into a powerful space, a powerful mindset, and that high energy that really attracts people to you.

#2 Dress On Brand

Make sure you dress on brand, when you’re online and when you’re getting on stage – I really like to encourage people to dress on brand.

What does that mean, dressing on brand? It doesn’t just mean your brand colors. it’s not necessarily just being in that color it’s being in what do you want people to feel when they see you and it’s also about consistency. How you show up on stage with an in-person stage or online stage needs to be consistent with everything else that you do.

Your brand should be consistent across all Platforms – in person and online, so you want to convey that same feeling. A couple tips that work particularly well: don’t wear a busy pattern on your shirt. No wild patterns because they show up kind of funky and that can be distracting on camera. Not too many colors you can have one or two colors, but not a lot you don’t want too much going on and it’s distracting. 

#3 Use Notes (if you need to)

Don’t be afraid to have and use notes, bullet point out your notes you don’t want to be sitting there reading. You want to be really authentic. What you’re communicating is less about the words and more about the energy and the message, but stay on task.

You don’t want to be all over the place. A tip that I give some of my clients is look at your webcam as if it’s somebody’s eyeball. I sometimes put a three-by-five card with a picture of a person on it so I remember to talk to one person. 

#4 Have a Clear Space on Camera

Your space behind should also be clear, so when you’re on camera you do not want anything above your head. I had someone who had a fan, it’s super distracting. You want a little space around you right white wall or colored wall behind you. Then you can have a little something: a little plant, something for visual interest. You want your message to be clear and people are focused on you and not looking at the other stuff on camera.

#5 Don’t Create a “studio”

While in #4 I talk about having a clear space, try not to create a studio environment. In my opinion when you’re speaking online, I believe now more than ever people want connection not perfection. Showing up authentically. You want it to look nice but my area does not look like a professional studio. I’m at my desk, I got my dual monitors, I got my coffee, my dog might come barking in at any time. They want to see you, they don’t care about the perfect environment.

#6 Be Engaging

Create an opportunity for engagement. I’m a huge fan of engagement – when you’re in person it’s so much easier. Online you want to recreate that exact same experience but it takes a little more work. You’ll notice at the very beginning of my live’s I say drop a comment “say hi say good morning tell me what you’re drinking I’m drinking coffee”, that’s how you create engagement and build that into your online talk. I’ll say “type in the comments if this is resonating”, this is how you can create engagement in your online talk.

#7 Create and Answer Questions

My last tip is create and answer your own questions. If you’re new to speaking online, the difference with speaking online versus speaking on stage is sometimes your audience isn’t there the minute you’re presenting. You want to create engagement and you want to prepare for questions in advance and answer them in your live.

My point is don’t underestimate the power of the replay. You get 10 or 20 or a hundred or two hundred people watching your replay later. The best part about live video is people will watch it later and so asking questions, answering the questions, asking for engagement while it may not happen in that exact moment, people are watching later and getting value after your live is over. Don’t underestimate the value of asking questions. 

So that’s this week’s tip on Speaking Online. Feel free to share with other Visionary Leaders who are looking to create a powerful online presence.

When it comes to speaking online, what is your strategy? Are you using lives on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, a business page, timeline or in a private group? Leave me a comment and let’s continue the conversation.

P.S. Whenever you’re ready…here are FOUR ways I can help you create your legacy business.

1. Grab a free copy of my brand new guide, How to Sell over ZOOM

2. Join the Harmonious CEO – Connect with other heart-centered entrepreneurs to help build community and take your ideas to the next level. 

3. Join the Speak to Inspire Method™ Certification Program. The #1 and ONLY Speaker Certification for Visionary Leaders who want to build a business by speaking online.

4. Collaborate with me and my team privately. If you’d like to work directly with us to elevate your income, just reply to this email with “Private” in the subject line. Don’t forget to tell me about you, your business, and what you’d like to get out of our work together. I’ll be happy to get you all the details!

How to Create a Demo

Today we are going to dive into how to create a demo of yourself, in a way that enrolls clients.

How do you create a demo that enrolls a client? When I was in the corporate world for years. I was in the SaaS (software-as-a-service) industry. I worked for Zoom’s biggest competitor. The number one way they would enroll clients is to give a taste of our business and our service – and we did that through a demo.

Once I left that world and transitioned to my own coaching and consulting business I realized that same concept, that same kind of “demo” of you applies in the consulting space too and it works beautifully. I’ve applied it to my own business and I teach it to my clients: those that go through my Elite program in the Speak to Inspire certification, we really dive into how to create an experience or a demo so that clients easily get to know you.

Now I’m going to give you three ways to create a demo of yourself in your business.

#1. Give an in-person type experience (online). This can be a Facebook live or in a workshop type format over Zoom, the goal is to give some kind of experience of what working with you looks like. It can be an exercise that you do with people or meditation that you do, an activity where you have to get out a piece of paper and write something down…the sky’s the limit of what you can do. 

#2. In an email. How do you give someone a demo of you over email? Here is an example you can try. I’m going to encourage you to be different and stand out from everybody else. For example, when someone asks something of you; you have a freebie, you have an ebook, you have a gift, you have something to drive them to your website.

The key is to stand out beyond what everybody else is doing with that freebie. Here’s an example, I have a free download – it’s in my private group on Facebook and it’s called the, “Harmony Core Process”. You go in, you type in your name, then it shows up in your email box.

What makes this, “demo” email different is it puts you into a unique drip campaign. I’m happy to do a training on that another time, but generally this means usually there’s a couple of emails that lead to something. For example, a call, or a product that you’re offering or a service that you have.

What makes mine different – I do that’s a demo of me – is I actually give two or three more free things in the sequence of email before I get to the end where I’m offer to book a call or let’s talk about my certification program. It’s different from most coaches and consultants’ freebie drip campaigns because they typically jump straight to the call, not offering value or something indicative of their style…their personality. I love to share worksheets. I love to help people on their Journey with workbooks, worksheets, strategies, things like that. So they’re getting a demo of me over email sharing and knowing…they’re getting an experience of me. 

#3 Pre-Recorded Video. You can create a demo of yourself for your clients through a pre-recorded video. This means you can pre-record it in the comfort of your own home or with your phone and either upload it on your website, put it on your blog, you can do it on a Facebook or Instagram story,

It could be a quick little video, a mini demo of yourself recorded and uploaded somewhere. Video, is how you can give potential clients and experience of you that you can upload on your platform.

For example, I have a client who’s super powerful at leading guided meditation. It’s totally genius. So what she does is he will record a mini guided meditation and sometimes you can do it live to and then use the recording that’s an example of an experience of her.

Those are the three ways off the top of my head. Short, succinct, but flavorful taste of what working with you can look like. Feel free to share with other Visionary Leaders who are looking to create a powerful online presence that signs up new clients.

When it come to sharing what working with you looks like, what would you do? Live video, email, pre-recorded? Leave me a comment and share

P.S. Whenever you’re ready…here are FOUR ways I can help you create your legacy business.

1. Grab a free copy of my brand new guide, How to Sell over ZOOM

2. Join the Harmonious CEO – Connect with other heart-centered entrepreneurs to help build community and take your ideas to the next level. 

3. Join the Speak to Inspire Method™ Certification Program. The #1 and ONLY Speaker Certification for Visionary Leaders who want to build a business by speaking online.

4. Collaborate with me and my team privately. If you’d like to work directly with us to elevate your income, just reply to this email with “Private” in the subject line. Don’t forget to tell me about you, your business, and what you’d like to get out of our work together. I’ll be happy to get you all the details!

Speak to Inspire Method™ Part 4: Six Core Skills of a Visionary Leader

Tell me if this sounds exciting…An enrollment system that results in you enrolling all the clients for the month in one swoop. Your net new revenue for your business in one month. 

All by sharing your unique expertise in a  heart-centered way.

That was the topic for today – where we explored the Six (6) Core Skills of a Visionary Leader and how when you master these skills that’s when amazing clients and revenue shows up.

Like my client Michelle, who had over $15K in sales in less than 1 week – BEFORE she even fully implemented her Speak to Inspire Method enrollment system.

Want to participate in the next live workshop? Get on the waiting list here: https://www.diahanabarnes.com/speaktoinspiremethod

Speak to Inspire Method™ Part 3: How to Inspire Transformation (not sell)

Now’s the time to start thinking about your client enrollment strategy and framework. How will you deliver your Speak to Inspire Method™ system to enroll? 1 hour, 90 minutes, over Facebook live, via Zoom?

What’s perfect for you and what’s perfect for your dream clients?

The two key factors to inspiring (not selling) is:

  1. Create engagement
  2. Provide a transformational experience so that they walk out of the “room” (virtual, online, or in person) different than when they walked out.

Want to attend the next live workshop? Get on the waiting list here: https://www.diahanabarnes.com/speaktoinspiremethod

Speak to Inspire Method™ Part 2: Create Your Title & Structure

What makes the Speak to Inspire Method™ different from any other speak/launch/enroll type systems is the focus on the flexibility – you create your own unique enrollment system within the framework so that you dream clients are drawn to you vs you trying to “sell” to them.

Want to participate in the next live workshop? Get on the waiting list here: https://www.diahanabarnes.com/speaktoinspiremethod

Speak to Inspire Method™ Part 1: The 4 “Critical” Stages

Diahana Barnes, MA


What would it mean for you, your business and your future clients if you could enroll all your clients for the month, every month, just by being you and sharing your expertise from the comfort of your home office?

The key is to find your unique system that enrolls…

…Without the “pitch” type stuff

…Without taking 6 months++ to master it

…Without trying to fit into a speak/launch/sell type format 

That’s exactly what we starting talking about in today’s Speak to Inspire Workshop. Where we laid the foundation for your strategy so that you can enroll clients.

Want to attend the next live workshop? Get on the waiting list here: https://www.diahanabarnes.com/speaktoinspiremethod