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Good morning and Happy Monday!
I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.

For so long leaders have laughed (and shaken their head) about seeing the employee with a blazer with boxers on camera, hearing the guy eat pretzels unmuted, or seeing kids, cats, and who knows what else in non-blurred virtual backgrounds. Leaders have also seen a surge in a number of creative, often not office-related, backgrounds.  It’s less funny now and whether you use Teams, Zoom, or a Google option, the need to communicate well virtually is part of our now modern work environment.

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We can’t put eyes on every employee these days, other than behind a screen or in a virtual office. What does that change and how can leaders improve how it happens?

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Some create rules and some simply have forgotten that whether on camera or not, communication is communication.

  • Stay active.
  • Pay attention and watch for words, tone, and body language.
  • Try not to assume “no video” means no interest and…
  • Try not to over energize your presentation in the hopes of getting a tired audience’s attention.
  • Speak clearly and check in more often. (also called audience engagement.)
  • Consider the pause as an exceptional resource and lastly…
  • Partner with someone or learn to dual task on the chat feature as communication virtually, at least in meetings, is not just about onscreen time and verbiage, but also direct, chat to all, private chat, hand raises, and emoji usage.

None of this has to change who you are or how you lead or communicate, it simply is one more medium over which to share your exceptional leadership communication.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
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