Pre-COVID Most of us had never even heard of Zoom. Now many of us spend time on this app every day. And even though you may be pretty zoomed out now, the reality is that even when the pandemic is over, virtual meetings, school meetings and family gatherings will probably continue to be a bigger part of our lives than they were before. Given that it is an inevitable part of our future, here you can get the most out of virtual communication:
Visits with family and friends:
If you have not been invited to a virtual wedding, a game night or a cocktail hour, yes … you will be. It's not the same as a personal event, but connecting to your family and friends via a screen is better than not doing it at all. Here are some things that can enhance your experience:
- Attend: If you decide to take part in a virtual event, go all in. This means you turn on the camera and actually pay attention to the activity or conversation. No email, social media or TV viewing on the site. You will enjoy the event more, and so will everyone else.
- Show and Tell: Why not take advantage of the visual communication aspect if you are visiting a virtual visit? Showing off your latest bread baking attempt or sharing your latest decorating project makes the visit more enjoyable and helps everyone feel more connected to each other's everyday lives.
- Have a plan: Although the virtual session is relaxed, having something to do makes everyone feel a little less awkward and make the visit more meaningful. Ask everyone to share a story about their week, play a trivia game or host a talent show for the family.
Virtual Work Meetings:
Now we have all shared the inside of our homes with our employees, and we have all experienced meeting interruptions caused by children, pets, and other home-related distractions. But when virtual meetings become more routine, it can be more expected that we know what we are doing and show professionalism in that context. Here's how:
- Check your photos: There are some benefits to the idea that we should not worry so much about our bookshelves, pets or anything else that can be a little embarrassing or unprofessional in our Zoom background. . But to be able to participate effectively in a virtual meeting, you need to feel comfortable and secure. So if you are good with the self-help books behind you and your cat jumps in your lap, more power for you. Just be sure to dress and set your background in a way that does not undermine what you are trying to do.
- Use your camera wisely: Showing your face during a meeting can show that you are serious and committed, but let's face it, many work meetings are done to get other work done in the background. Be smart when using your video and letting your avatar do the work for you.
- Know when to pay attention: Just like in the days before the pandemic, it takes a little effort to be attentive during a work meeting, especially if you are not required to speak or participate in any formal way. Try to avoid multitasking as much as possible so that you do not miss important information and help you stay in touch with your peers.
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