I like to make a Zoom nest, so I prepare my seat, make sure I am comfortable, and have everything around you that I need, like water, pen and paper, or tissues or whatever else is required for your time online.
Then once you are settled, take a few nice deep breaths, and be aware of where you are:
- sitting on a chair
- in the room that you are in
- in the house that you are
- feel your feet on the ground
- your body on the chair
In other words just being really present before the meeting starts.
Assuming the meeting is a work meeting, or perhaps an online course, as opposed to a webinar where there is a gazillion people, when the meeting starts take the time to engage properly and greet whoever is on line, and don’t be tempted to blank your screen, if someone has taken the time to set up the meeting the least we can do is give them our attention, and feel the connection with the person, and also collectively with the group.
When I was first using zoom I did find myself sneakily looking at my phone at the same time, and then I missed out on something that I wanted to know about, so I didn’t do that again, either I attend to what is in front of me, or I don’t attend.
What’s the message?
Give the on-line meeting the same amount of respect as you would a face to face one.
And now it’s confession time, I have been known to nod off, fingers crossed no-one noticed. So I now make sure that I can stand up to give myself a break, and still be seen, and can continue to take part in the meeting, and just to make sure I am not being disrespectful, I put a note in the chat to say what I am doing.
We need to remember that this is still a relatively new situation, between connection and disconnection, or presence and absence, whichever description works for you. I can get a bit frustrated with this tech stuff that sometimes doesn’t behave, but having said that I am really grateful for it, as I would be a lot poorer emotionally speaking if I couldn’t have this virtual connection at my fingertips.
Apart from managing my energy levels during on line meetings or courses, there are others ways of supporting yourself, like getting out into nature, breathing exercises, self care and journalling.
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