After more than 15 years of teaching and coaching presentation skills, I have developed a healthy skepticism about books and advice versus practical application. I always tell my classes, “Everyone knows you shouldn’t drool when you present. The real question you should be asking yourselves is, ‘Can you present without drooling?’” It’s the same with any behavior—theory only takes you so far.

On the surface, a book about virtual presentations makes as much sense as a book about skiing. The information might be accurate, but everything you’ve read flies out the window the minute you stand at the top of the hill. Looking down, you can’t remember your own name, never mind how to gently turn your skis to avoid that tree that is suddenly ...

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