Hybrid Work is Here to Stay. What Does that Mean for You?

3. Set the Stage (and Position Yourself on It)

On a virtual platform, this means paying attention to how you look to othersCheck your “Hollywood Square” (thumbnail image) to assess your lighting (it should be in front of you, not behind), the height of your device (your camera should be at eye level), how much of the thumbnail is filled with you (you should be most of what’s in the picture; if you’re not, get closer to your camera), and your backdrop.

In a live presentation, make sure you have room to move around (because you shouldn’t be hiding behind the lectern:-)), that people’s view of you isn’t blocked by objects (including the screen), and that you know how to use your mic, if you have one.

And for hybrid work (when your audience is both live and virtual), be sure to give each group a fair share of your attention. Speak loudly, slowly, and clearly (sometimes looking directly at the camera) for your at-home listeners. Move around and make lots of eye contact to engage your in-person listeners. It’s a balancing act, but you can do it.

4. Make Your Most Important Point Early

You’ve gone to the trouble of being easy to hear, being clear about your goals, and “framing” yourself visually.

Once you’ve focused everyone’s attention with a brief story or question or fact, quickly move to your main point. And if someone is asking you a question, hold their interest by answering the question first.

5. Reference People by Name

One trick that I teach my clients is to refer to other people’s comments in a meeting or conversation, by saying things like,

  • “Tanya makes a really good point about…” or
  • “Josh, when you and Miguel were debating whether or not to…”

This is particularly easy to do on virtual platforms because the participants’ names are right in front of you, in their thumbnails.

Referencing what other people have said has two advantages: It allows you to participate, even if you have nothing of staggering importance to say. (Speaking up is good for your reputation, especially if you don’t do it often.) And it’s also actively good for the group when someone builds bridges to other people’s comments, whether you’re meeting in the real, or in virtual.

Let the wild rumpus begin

Actually, the “rumpus” (our hybrid work future) is beginning whether we like it or not.

I’ll be watching to see how we all adjust to these new demands, and how they effect our public speaking; you’ll almost certainly be looking for ways to make your life run more smoothly on two simultaneous tracks.

What strategies and hacks will you discover?

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


Join Just

Entrepreneur Training
Public group · 229 members
Join Group
Last year the Richie Bello sales training agency gained a ton of positive reviews and exposure for being a world class sales training agency, and now ...

Video of the day

Richie Bello West

Have any question ? Now you can direct contact me