VirtualSpeech Blog

We offer advice, research and insights to help you improve business and soft skills, including communication, interview, leadership, interpersonal and presentations.

Soft skills for survival in the future workplace
October 19, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Soft skills for survival in the future workplace

It's likely that future technological developments will replace more jobs, so it has become crucial to develop your exclusively 'human' skills. In this article, we discuss key soft skills for the future workplace.

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VR for Workplace Wellness: Meditation, Relaxation, and Visual Getaways
October 14, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

VR for Workplace Wellness: Meditation, Relaxation, and Visual Getaways

Employers constantly look for new ways to mitigate stress at work. In this article, we discuss how companies can use meditation and wellness techniques to reduce stress in the workplace.

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How to improve interpersonal skills
October 09, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

How to improve interpersonal skills

This article teaches you how to improve interpersonal skills, so that you and the person you’re talking to can be understood and respected despite the content of a conversation.

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Best practices for designing presentation slides
September 20, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Best practices for designing presentation slides

When designing presentation slides, you need to find a balance between keeping the interest of your audience while not distracting from your key message. This article discusses best practices for designing presentation slides.

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Soft skills training
September 13, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Soft skills training: Upskill your employees and increase ROI

Businesses have started realising that soft skills are necessary for the success of a company, which is why employee training in this area has increased. In this article we discuss the importance and benefits of soft skills training.

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How to speak with confidence in public
September 06, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

How to speak with confidence in public

An estimated 75% of adults suffer from a fear of public speaking. When stress hormones are released we may behave differently - frequently, our minds go blank, our voices become harder to control, we may visibly shake etc.

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Key Interpersonal Communication Skills you need to Improve
September 05, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Key Interpersonal Communication Skills you need to Improve

Strong interpersonal skills are important for employers because most jobs require you to effectively interact with other people. In this article, we discuss the key types of interpersonal communication skills.

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Barriers to communication: What to look out for
September 05, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Barriers to communication: What to look out for

Effective communication is not always straightforward and barriers can easily get in the way. They cause messages to become distorted, subsequently leading to confusion and misunderstanding. In this article, we describe these barriers to communication.

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5 ways mixed reality will change future workplaces
August 28, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

5 ways mixed reality will change future workplaces

Devices enabling VR, AR, or MR all provide the opportunity to view information without needing a traditional physical screen. Such a capability provides value in many areas of our lives - a major one being the workplace.

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Experiential Learning with Virtual Reality
August 22, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Experiential Learning with Virtual Reality

Research shows that experiential learning is effective - with the rapid development of virtual reality (VR), people can learn through experience inside a virtual world from any location.

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History of VR - Timeline of Events and Tech Development
August 13, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

History of VR - Timeline of Events and Tech Development

A timeline of virtual reality, including important inventions and developments from 1956 to today. Images show how much technology has improved over time and how VR has evolved through recent history.

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Complete Guide to Debating and how to Improve your Debating Skills
August 01, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Complete Guide to Debating: How to Improve your Debating Skills

Debating can look intimidating, with speakers appearing confident, passionate and unwavering, but it consists of skills that anybody can learn. In this article we provide a guide to the basics of debating.

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How to tell a story when delivering a presentation
July 26, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

How to tell a story when delivering a presentation

Keeping your audience engaged whilst trying to deliver your key messages can be difficult. A helpful way of doing this is by telling stories where you take your audience on a journey.

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How to Deliver an Effective Presentation
July 09, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

How to Deliver an Effective Presentation

During a presentation you aim to look confident, enthusiastic and natural. You'll need more than good words and content to achieve this – how you deliver your presentation plays a significant part.

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Soft skills list
July 09, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Soft skills list: Essential skills for career development

Research indicates that successful employees have effective soft skills. It has become vital to develop these skills if you want to progress in your career or business, as they will set you apart from others.

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Speech transitions: words and phrases to connect your ideas
June 28, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Speech transitions: words and phrases to connect your ideas

When delivering presentations it's important for your words and ideas to flow so your audience can understand how everything links together and why it's all relevant.

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Virtual reality LMS for business skills and corporate training
June 26, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Virtual reality LMS for business skills and corporate training

We’ve created a hybrid learning management system (LMS) for improving soft skills, where users learn fundamental business skills through traditional online classes, then practice in VR scenarios.

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Using visual aids during a presentation or training session
June 21, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Using visual aids during a presentation or training session

Visual aids can enhance your presentation or training material - they can increase the audience's understanding of your topic, explain points, make an impact and create enthusiasm.

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Rhetoric: How to Inform, Persuade, or Motivate your Audience
June 07, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Rhetoric: How to Inform, Persuade, or Motivate your Audience

Persuasive speaking is needed in a wide range of situations; from arguing with a colleague to performing a speech. Rhetoric is the key to developing this skill. We discuss how to use rhetoric for effective public speaking, in order to inform, persuade and motivate.

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Creating avatar body and facial animations for VR
June 12, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Creating avatar body and facial animations for VR

Learn how to create avatar body and facial animations for your project. We discuss how to choose the right software and different animation techniques for your character.

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Adult Learners: Effects of Age on Cognitive Ability and Memory Retention
June 05, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Adult Learners: Effects of Age on Cognitive Ability and Memory Retention

It's important to take into account characteristics that affect adult learning while teaching. In this article, we discuss the characteristics of adult learners, different learning styles and effects of age on cognitive abilities.

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Illusory body ownership in VR
May 28, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Illusory body ownership in VR – coaching yourself with a virtual avatar

Virtual reality can be used to give an illusion of owning a part of a body or an entire body other than one’s own. This can be used to effectively coach people to solve their own problems.

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Photos from The Next Web (TNW) conference in Amsterdam
May 27, 2018 - VirtualSpeech

Photos from The Next Web (TNW) conference in Amsterdam

Some photos from the 2018 TNW conference held in Amsterdam in May. Photos cover the large indoor tent and views over the main conference stage.

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