I'm used to being in an active exchange with my customers, partners, team members, etc.
And this sentence already contains the decisive and important point: Video! - in video communication.
My point is that the visual and thus the seeing and being seen is important and should be used. Like in a normal meeting in the coffee kitchen or a meeting room.
Because information is transmitted via the spoken word (7%) and body language, body expression (55%), etc. (1)
But very often I experience a certain shy of this direct communication and especially a shy of turning on one's camera during communication - of showing oneself and being seen. No matter whether it is a planned meeting or a spontaneous "let's talk about it for a moment".
This means that essential information is lost and it also feels very boring, unsocial and isolated to talk to a photo or a dark screen.
Sure, there is also the possibility to communicate only textually; but the direct communication is not to be underestimated - and turning on your camera certainly not 😉And there's hardly any "excuse" to refrain from this (tools and the hardware are available).
- Uses every opportunity for a direct conversation, whether it is with a single person or a group of people.
- Always turn on your camera.
- Request to turn on the camera from/to your call-partner.
- Make sure that you're well recognizable (light, the position of the camera).
- Don't worry about your appearance (if you aren't applying as a face model 🤣 )
- Prepare the sound and your camera before a conversation. Briefly check in the settings if everything works, if you're recognizable, etc. This takes less than 1 minute 😉
And like everything else in life, it gets easier the more we do it!
Having the direct conversation, whether it's just for a minute or, say, a full pairing session, is priceless. It conveys the spoken words and body language, body expression (even if it is only a camera shot) and creates a connection - a connection with/to your counterpart. It strengthens the relationship, the trust and brings us closer together.
And as with any conversation, things can be talked about directly and any "misunderstandings" can be quickly identified and cleared up/resolved. Because we not only hear what someone says, we also see the other person and communicate at eye level (visually seen).
So...use the direct conversation and switch on your camera - ALWAYS!