This week I attended a ‘camera on’ event via Zoom.
I had never heard of a conference via video making people have their camera on, however, the session was on a sensitive topic. For this call it had a key speaker and then an opportunity for people to speak about their feelings and ask any questions at the end.
The host had a good point, that she wanted to create a safe space for people and wanted to see peoples faces but also to make sure there was not people listening in the background.
It made me think that if you are in a you are in a one to one meeting it is really a replacement for talking to someone face to face , if you are in a training session that requires interaction it is really a replacement for a classroom setting or if you attend a webinar/seminar it is like you are sitting in a lecture theatre.
We should treat all these online events like we have gone to them in person.
In person we would be showing our face, however there has been a discussion surrounding when it is okay to turn the camera off.
However, do think does this meeting require you to speak or are you just listening. If you are going to interact maybe consider having your camera on.
But what we need to do is make people feel comfortable having their camera on. Instead of issuing a hard edict, you can encourage attendees to show their faces by implementing a few strategies…
It is hard to think about why people would not put their camera on but would happy show their face in a meeting.
We need to think about what makes people uncomfortable about having their camera on…
It seems that online/zoom meetings are not going away any time soon so we need to think about how we can still meet and interact with people to make it feel as much like it would if we were meeting them in person. While still maintaining our manners and professionalism.
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