ZOOMED – OUT
Tips for effective video conferencing
My record is 8 video calls in one day. I’m sure others have eclipsed that number, I’ll let you own those bragging rights. And I’m exhausted. I’m not alone. Many tell me that the video calls seem to really drain them. Here are some thoughts on why it’s so exhausting and what to do to stay engaged and energized:
Its reported that over 80% of communication is non-verbal. Video conferences add a whole new dynamic to our ability to interpret what is actually being said.
We need to stay attentive, look the camera in the lens. We get no specific body language feedback. Our brain is trying to discern who on the other side of the camera is reacting and responding to your voice verses what they are seeing on their screen (i.e. the other faces, their own or email). We are unaccustomed to seeing ourselves while we talk. And there are other on-screen distractions for ourselves (email, texts, notifications, etc.)
All of this makes zooming in and staying focused a challenge. Cut down the stimuli by switching to “speaker” mode – which only shows who is speaking. Look into the camera and shut off all other distractions. It will help you stay focused and help your brain stay energized.