The future of work is here and in Work 2.0, video meetings are a core part of our professional communication strategy. Exhibiting the following best practices will help you obtain the impact you want, while enjoying the conveniences of remote work.
Claiming the elephant in the room, the most glaring difference between in-person meetings and video meetings, is of course, the medium itself. Simply put, most of us were not taught how to relate to a lens.
You want to think of your lens as your audience, and the frame as your stage.
This framing setup allows you to sit upright and open, looking directly into the lens. The distance makes the entire conversation more human because you now have space to move and your gestures more naturally appear within the frame.
To look or not to look…into the lens?
The most common question I get related to video presentations and meetings is, ‘Where do I look?’ The answer to this question depends on whether you are actively speaking, or listening.
Making the implicit, explicit.
On video, we can only see what the lens shows us. It is always worthwhile to invite more intentional communication into a video call.
It is best to make the implicit, explicit on a video call.
In the virtual world, we experience a higher level of uncertainty because we only see a fraction of the other person’s reality. The more you can do to add color and context for your audience, the more trust you can build.
Putting the above best practices into action during your video meetings is key to leading impactful meetings in Work 2.0. Video meetings are powerful ways to connect - but only if you leverage the medium effectively.