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Background report: What does Zoom reveal about your house?

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2020

From CBS Sunday morning

April 19, 2020

I saw this report on CBS Sunday morning and found it very interesting. Am I the only one who loves seeing the inside of everyone's homes? 
 

 

Maybe I'm just nosey or maybe just highly observant since I'm teaching this course. But I love seeing the inside of celebrity homes. I mean, I know what Tom Hanks' kitchen looks like! It's like the ultimate Star Map tour in Hollywood.
 

This is an interesting take on how your background matters. I teach clients to never have a blank background. People are interested in what is behind you, but you just need to make sure it isn't distracting to your message. 


Here are some of my fundamental Do's and Don'ts when it comes to background:

DO:

  • Make it interesting
  • Use props like books and plants
  • Create Depth... move away from the wall behind you

 

DON'T:

  • Use a virtual background
  • Put a window behind you; if you can't avoid it, limit the light...
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Dos and Don'ts of Video Chatting (from the Daily Show)

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020

This is a hilarious take on video conferencing Dos and Don'ts these days. 

No one wants to look up your nose! 

This is all about framing -- position your camera at eye-level. 

What are your pet peeves when it comes to watching your colleagues on video conferencing??

 

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Zoom like a Pro

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020
New to ZOOM?
Tips to Navigate this platform
 
I chose ZOOM to host my webinars and conference platforms because I liked the options it offers to integrate with my calendar and it was easy to use. If you are new to zoom, there are a few tips straight from zoom to get started.
  

 

Getting the right license and software downloaded

Step 1: Create a Zoom account – it’s free to sign up! There’s a Pro version available, but if you just need a quick solution to meet on video, the free version provides all the capabilities and features you need. Either way, it takes about 30 seconds to sign up for a Zoom account. Here are the main differences in a nutshell:

  • Zoom Basic: This is the free version. Great for 1:1 unlimited video calling and group calls (40-minute time limit if you’re the meeting host). You also get unlimited direct and team messaging capabilities with Zoom Chat.
  • Zoom Pro: For $14.99/month, you get all of Basic plus...
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Quarantined

So it was a few months ago when the idea for an online course was born. 

My husband works remotely and is often on video calls. He had a big presentation coming up and asked for my feedback on FaceTime (he was out of town, per usual). 

I told him I had no idea what he was talking about, but I did give him a few pointers in the camera/lighting department. He took my advice and his bosses were raving over how much better his video looked than all of the other presentations they had seen. 

I thought, 'how many other people out there could use this training??'

Turns out the answer is A.LOT. Most of these things seemed second-nature to me, but I quickly realized that they aren't as obvious to most people. 

 

For the past three years, I had been doing media training for local companies -- mostly about how to talk to the media. My husband's company asked me to do some video webinars for more of their employees. That's when I started developing an online...

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