Thanks to the pandemic, we’re neck deep in video conferences.
Conducting meetings with nothing more than platforms like Zoom or WebEx seemed like a foreign concept just six months ago.
Now it’s a necessity.
“We got good at this fast,” I said to a colleague last week, referencing how quickly people adapted to meeting via video. “Now we’re getting lazy,” I lamented.
I was referring to meetings I recently attended during which everyone had their cameras off. Even the host opted for audio-only, using his microphone to conduct the meeting.
Except for my camera, of course. My camera was on.
Perplexed and frustrated, I asked my colleague (rhetorically), “I understand why people are muting their microphones, but what’s the point of having a video conference if no one is actually going to use video?”
Read more at https://www.vindy.com/life/lifestyles/2020/08/tips-for-getting-the-best-video-conference/ (may encounter paywall).
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Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is special assistant to the provost and professor of communication in the department of communication at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, USA where he also directs the graduate program in professional communication. He researches and writes on a variety of topics including communication technologies, relationships, and sports (with an emphasis on fandom). His work has appeared in Mahoning Matters as well as The Vindicator and Tribune-Chronicle newspapers.