Please, turn your camera on!

My honest opinion as a speaker why everyone should turn on their cameras during zoom lectures and webinars.

Nir Zavaro
7 min readOct 28, 2020
Photo by Gabriel Benois on Unsplash

“Thank you.”

“That was amazing.”

“Loved it!!”

The audio jumped from one black box to another as people kept shouting their final words and one by one disappeared from my screen until the host ended the Zoom call. Suddenly I was left standing in the middle of my office, alone, staring at my laptop screen. It was almost 8p.m. and I sighed as the sense of loneliness took over. This was worse than doing a normal YouTube video shoot.

As I was packing my stuff to go home and call it quits for the day, I couldn’t stop thinking about that session. You see, I was invited to give a talk about marketing and how to build a personal brand. Over 50 people showed up and the numbers kept rising during my talk; people loved it. And yet, only four people agreed to turn on their cameras for me. Wait, what? Just four?

Yes. I literally had to beg people to turn on their cameras. At this point, I think most of our new reality is online. That’s where we talk, learn and conduct work meetings, but what about the cameras?



Nir Zavaro

Implementing storytelling techniques into businesses. My new book F*ck the Slides is out. Helping you sell or raise capital in a few hours