Updated: Oct 25, 2022
Want to know the easiest way to make zoom meetings and virtual events suck less?
Check this out…
Think back to when you’ve been watching one of those competition TV shows like America’s Got Talent, The Masked Singer, or something like that.
You see the contestants perform, and you’re going right along with the judges and the audience on who is doing really well, and then along comes the superstar performer…
They slay the stage.
It’s obvious the performance was high-quality and really well done.
And you’re sitting on your couch like, “Wow that was a really great performance. They did a great job tonight!”
And then the camera pans to the audience and the judges who are falling over themselves with standing ovations and tears running down their faces…
And you’re like, “I mean it was a really good performance, but that seems extreme."
The judges make comments like “I wish you could feel the energy in the room right now.” and “That was transcendent! I’ve been moved to tears by this performance.”
…and you’re on the couch like “Again. It was really good, but I’m not weeping over here… What’s going on?”
It’s because screens dull vibes.
That performer created a vibe in the room that could be felt by the people around them.
But the vibe (the energy, the personality, the emotion, the human expression) didn’t quite make it through your screen in the same way.
This filtering of vibes is a phenomenon we’ve been experiencing for years, way before the pandemic and before virtual communications became a regular part of our lives.
We just didn’t notice it in the way we have recently.
At this point, there’s a ton of information, research, and resources out there on virtual learning and online communication.
But we don’t need to read all that research to know communicating through a screen is just not the same - and not as good - as being in person and communicating face-to-face.
It’s just missing something.
It doesn’t quite pass the vibe check.
So what does this mean for you?
Well now that you recognize how screens can dull the human exchange of vibes and energy and personality and emotion, YOU can be the change that makes virtual communication better!
Know that everything you do in that Zoom room comes across to the other attendees as a stifled version of yourself.
So be your authentic self… Just a little more of yourself. Here's how:
Punch up the energy and the emotion.
Embrace facial expressions and hand gestures so you don’t just look like a floating head in a box.
Change the pitch and volume of your voice.
Small (re: regular, normal) changes in pitch and volume will be lost and you sound more monotoned than you think you do.
Move closer to and farther from the camera when you speak
Create visual dynamics - this is a video chat, not a phone call.
Embrace the power of the pause when you speak
Pausing when speaking may feel like “uncomfortable silence,” but it’s beneficial for changing the pace of the conversation as well as giving the listener’s brain a chance to process what’s just been said. It can also be used to create emphasis.
If you feel like you’re doing too much, you’re not.
Know that what feels like being a little extra on your end is coming across on the other side of the screen as the normal you.
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