It’s time to re-think webinars

It’s time to re-think webinars

Customer Relationships, Inspiring People, Virtual Meetings
Technology is improving; travel budgets are shrinking; people’s time is becoming increasingly scarce. Those three factors are leading more organisations to hold virtual meetings and training sessions, instead, or in complement to, face-to-face meetings and workshops. Great, right? …right? I'm not bored at all....!! Well, maybe not. If you’re like most of us then you’ve experienced terrible webinars and dysfunctional virtual meetings. Let’s face it: many things can make webinars uninspiring, boring and dull. Most often, it’s when they are treated as a ‘one-way’ communication tool. This is demoralising for everyone involved: the people ‘receiving’ the message get bored and find distractions elsewhere; the person ‘transmitting’ the information gets little feedback from the group and feels isolated and frustrated. These types of webinars rarely achieve desired outcomes and are often…
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Four ways to look fabulous on Webcam

Four ways to look fabulous on Webcam

Customer Relationships, Virtual Meetings
People often tell me, ‘Nick, you look fabulous’, and, of course, they are correct. It’s great to be me. Some possibly-important-context: those people are never in the same room as me when they say that. And they are not actually talking about my general attractiveness or rippling physique. (They are probably just too shy). What they are actually talking about is how I’m appearing in the Skype or other video meeting I’m participating in. The quality of the video image IS always fabulous (regardless of how fabulous I’m feeling that day)… Here are my four top tips to looking fabulous on webcam: Who said that? LIGHT IT UP – having a good quality light source positioned behind the webcam is essential. If you’re able to position yourself with a good-sized…
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WEBCAMOPHOBIA

WEBCAMOPHOBIA

Creating Connection, Customer Relationships, Virtual Meetings
Webcamophobia wastes time and money... it’s time to get over it! Webcamophobia! If you’d have told me five years ago that, in the future 90% of the meetings I would have with customers would be virtual, then I would have told you politely, but confidently, that you were wrong… and yet today, 90% of the meetings I have with customers ARE virtual, and they seem to like it! So what’s the deal with that? And, let’s think about this: all the technology needed to run high quality virtual customer meetings is free or low cost… so what stops people from using it? Using even the simplest virtual meeting platforms like Skype or FaceTime, people react in the strangest way (even people who use it regularly to talk with friends and…
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