If you could make a slideshow of the funniest video call moments you’ve experienced in the last 7 months, we might be able to bring back “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” now replaced with “America’s Funniest Work-from-Home Video Calls.”

In 2020, we don’t have the luxury of our flubs and fails to be curated to a few seconds, showed to a live audience, and get prize money for how funny we are in that short clip. Instead, our live and recorded work is so easy to do poorly, and difficult to do right.

When looking for your next virtual event speaker, you need to be careful. You might not get the next viral keynote speech or a big check from Bob Saget, but instead you might lose money, waste time, and have irritated attendees.

Have you been the witness to (or victim of) any of these Zoom call failures?

1. Show up late

In a world of back-to-back meetings and working from home with pets and family, timing is everything. Showing up late to a weekly catch-up meeting is one thing, but showing up late to a class, course, or speaking engagement is egregious. How many times have late members or speakers pushed your schedule out of balance?

2. Area is too dark or too bright

It seems like there’s never good lighting on video calls. The worst ones are too dark (where you feel like you’re staring at a protected witness in a COPS episode, barely backlit) or so bright that you can’t tell if there’s a person in the frame or just a solar flare.

If you’re paying a speaker, coach, consultant, or organization to be featured in your videos or video calls, you want to know you’re being thought of as a respected client, not an after-thought.

3. Overly casual setting

I’m convinced there’s only so many couches and distracting backgrounds, combined with looking up someone’s nose, that we can handle in a given year. A paid speaker should be ready, collected, and confident in their setup from their background to their attire and more. Looking overly casual sets the wrong tone for an event, and can cause attendees to zone out or disengage quickly.

4. Terrible audio

Robot voice, static, feedback, and echoes are just a few of the awful audio flaws that can plague our video calls. Some apps and services allow for you to lower or boost a single attendee, but what can you do when it’s the speaker?

And silence from a malfunctioning mic is even worse.

Sometimes rescheduling is the only thing that can be done, but when you have the whole team assembled, it’s a nightmare.

5. No practice date or backup plan

Live events have dry run-throughs, dress rehearsals, or practice sessions to make sure that the technology, people, and timing works for everyone. Virtual events should be no different!

Additionally, all of these Zoom Failures can be mitigated with a backup plan, but many speakers, coaches, consultants, and trainers don’t have secondary setups, different technology, or the flexibility to change on the fly when something goes wrong.

Book confidently

These are all failures that can be avoided!

Choose your virtual speaker based on their word, but also ask if they have certifications, degrees, and samples to show the level of expertise you can expect for your event.

For virtual platforms like Zoom, one of the best certifications is the eSpeakers Certified Virtual Presenter. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve achieved this certification, and you can even see a sample on my eSpeakers page to back it up.



You can book me for your future event now via the below online form. My fall and winter schedules are filling up, so don’t wait to request a keynote speaker for your next virtual event – fill the form out to request a quote now!