Our videoconferencing / training suite continues to evolve. Other than the lovely new multicolored rug which I adore (because my spouse detests it), we offer a high-speed (wired) internet connection, studio quality audio and video and facilities to play back in-meeting recordings (for training purposes) in real time.
We remind you (ad nauseam) that the simplest of techniques will improve your on-camera presence. This, then you present, as well as when you connect as a viewer. Your audience sees you before it hears you and even if you’re not there to be heard, your peers will see you and “size you up”.
Let’s face it: from now on, working on camera will be a much sought-after soft skill. That is because the nature of the workplace has drastically morphed in the last seven months. In the Dream Time before COVID, we commuted to work and mingled. Now, the “office” is often just a spot in the bedroom, living room, kitchen or den.
Recently a star reporter with the New Yorker magazine exposed more than his story, at the weekly story meeting. As this is COVID time, it was a virtual meeting so this “exposure” was captured live, on camera, much to the dismay and shock of his female and male colleagues. The term we heard was “toxic masculinity”.
2comguys in training mode: So Pierre asks: “What’s the most influential word in business development?” The 80 students on hand for the Fonction conseil en relations publiques, at UQUAM, caught on quick. It’s YOU!
At best, judicious use of the phrase indicates that to you relate to your audience by suggesting that you share an understanding of the subject at hand: “When we purchase fresh produce at the supermarket during the winter months – lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, etcetera – we often forget that these products come from factory farms that are thousands of miles away”.