As we’re heading into weeks 3, or 4 or even longer of the COVID pandemic, I’ve noticed my friends and clients show the strain of social and business isolation.
For the introverts amongst us, social isolation is less of a burden than it is for the extroverts. I’m happily ensconced behind my computer, working on the next version of one of my self-study courses. I sometimes feel I can go on like this indefinitely. But even as an introvert I’m feeling the need to connect and converse with humanity around me.
If you’re an extrovert, you feel that need even more. I see the symptoms of isolation in my extrovert friends, family and clients when I do connect with them. Depression is kicking in, you’re feeling lonely and unproductive — and there isn’t any light at the end of the tunnel — at least not yet. …
In the time of self-isolation, the use of online video conferencing like Zoom, Skype, GotoMeeting and Microsoft Teams have skyrocketed. By necessity we’re conducting our calls online and learning a new way of working.
Everywhere you look there are guides and how-to’s for how to keep your calls safe from intruders, keeping your boss from knowing when your attention is wandering (a Zoom-specific feature) and keeping your laundry out of sight.
But as many guides and articles as I’ve seen around the Internet, I’ve missed the very basic guidelines that help you look more professional on online calls.
So in this article I’m going to show you three very basic things you can do to look better on Zoom — or any video call for that matter. And oh yes — one bonus guideline at the end. …
Names and some details in this story have been changed. I’m sharing the story with the permission of the original person.
My friend James is a business coach, and a damn fine one at that (he’s helped me with some sticky problems). His main channel to market is LinkedIn where he’s really active and getting a lot of responses.
But somehow James just wasn’t able to make the sales he wanted to. He adjusted his messaging (which got him leads he was ideally suited to help) and scheduled video calls. …