Virtual speaking has been rapidly growing in popularity over the past few years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend. As people have been forced to work, communicate and connect remotely, many have discovered the convenience and accessibility of online presentations. The future of virtual speaking is set to be even more explosive and evolutionary, as new technologies and changing attitudes continue to reshape the speaking industry.

Consider, for instance, the increasing use of immersive technologies. With the rise of virtual and augmented reality, speakers can create fully immersive experiences for their audiences, transporting them to different locations, environments, or even eras. These technologies can help to create more engaging and memorable experiences, as well as making it easier to communicate complex or abstract ideas.

By way of illustration, a speaker could use augmented reality to display a 3D model of a new product or technology, allowing the audience to explore and interact with it in real-time. Alternatively, a speaker could use virtual reality to take the audience on a virtual tour of a factory, laboratory or museum, providing a more immersive and interactive experience.

Also, the future of virtual speaking will be influenced by the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies. AI-powered virtual assistants can help speakers to automate tasks like scheduling, booking, and follow-up, making it easier to manage their speaking engagements. These technologies can also be used to analyze audience data and feedback, providing speakers with insights into their audience’s preferences, needs, and interests.

NLP technologies can help speakers to create more natural and engaging speeches, as well as providing real-time language translation and transcription services. This can help speakers to reach a wider and more diverse audience, as well as making it easier to communicate with audiences who speak different languages.

Don’t forget the increasing focus on personalization and interactivity we’re seeing lately as well. As audiences become more tech-savvy and accustomed to interactive and personalized experiences, speakers will need to adapt to meet these expectations. Virtual speaking platforms will need to provide more customization options, allowing speakers to tailor their presentations to the needs and preferences of their audience.

Interactivity is also becoming more important, with audiences expecting to participate in discussions, ask questions, and provide feedback in real-time. Virtual speaking platforms will need to provide more interactive features, such as live polling, Q&A sessions, and chat functions, to enable this level of engagement.

Overall, the future of virtual speaking will be completely upended though by the changing attitudes of audiences towards remote and virtual events. As people become more comfortable with virtual and remote technologies, they may become more willing to attend virtual events, even if in-person events become more feasible. This could open up new opportunities for speakers to reach wider and more diverse audiences, as well as making it easier to deliver presentations and speeches from remote locations.