Are you all “zoomed out?” You know, fatigued from having to get ready for your next video conference call? Let’s face it, we’re all there. And if you’re not, you will be sooner or later.
Nevertheless, it’s actually a good problem to have as many Americans have experienced job loss due to the coronavirus crisis. As millions of people are being forced to go digital for work and to support their side hustles, it’s important to put your best self forward. Even if that means business on top and sweats below the waist!
It also means being personable, showing up fully present, and being a good virtual team player. Remember, you just might have to return to the office once the pandemic is over…
With that being said, here are 8 things to consider before your next video conference call.
Stay Ready So You Don’t Have to Get Ready
- Check-in with yourself before your call. – Ask yourself questions like, How am I feeling? What energy am I giving off? What do I have the capacity for?
- Prepare for your call. – Think about what you’d like to contribute to the conversation.
- Look presentable. – While no one is expecting you to look like a professional YouTuber, you should at least be presentable to others.
- Body language is everything. – People can read your body language from behind their screen
- Be kind to yourself and others. – Yes, people can be long-winded but that does not give you permission to be short or rude when listening or responding to others.
- Mute yourself when you aren’t speaking. – Background noise is a total distraction to those speaking and everyone on the call.
- Be mindful of your surroundings. – Believe it or not, people are checking out the area in which you are seated. Only show people what you want them to see.
- Take Deep Breathes. – If you become overwhelmed with information or someone during your meeting, turn off your camera and microphone and take a deep breath and gather yourself.
This list could go on and on, but hopefully, these 8 tips are helpful as you get ready for your next meeting.