29 May 2020

Practicing Fake Eye Contact in Video Meetings

There are some positive changes in human behavior accelerated by this current health crisis. One is easily being able to identify what a 6-foot distance looks like – or the measurements used in Canada (one hockey stick length) and in Florida (one alligator length). Another is the realization that video meetings really do have an intangible benefit of subconsciously creating a human connection among participants.

But there are still things we need to master – like how to keep eye contact in a video meeting while checking one’s mobile phone – discretely steeling a glance at messages with fluttering fake eye contact with video squares.

Are video meetings, however, making us long for when we could discretely multi-task during web meetings when speakers drone on about some tangent? Clicking to turn off your video makes it now obvious you are not paying attention, so how now do we satisfy this this urge to optimize our time?

Well, here is a Tech Essentials tip to bring back the good-old days of multi-tasking during boring web meetings: Load a head-shot photo of you into the video meeting system so you can move back-and-forth between photo and video when you need to speak. The human cues of your presence will be felt from seeing your face (even if a photo) along with switching back to live video. This tactic will not alarm folks as to whether you are in fact multi-tasking from time to time. (Beware, this tactic won’t put the answer to questions that come your way on the tip of your tongue!)

On a grander scale with “optimize” in mind, Tech Essentials predicts the remainder of 2020 will be all about “optimizing” time, business processes and costs. How can one do more with fewer resources; how do we enjoy feature-rich services in a more affordable and integrated approach?

Good news! RPost has just announces it Las Vegas-themed (of course, virtual) conference entitled, “OPTIMIZE! 2020 – E-SIGN & E-SECURITY. We recommend sharing this registration link with your staff and colleagues, as it is a free user and partner conference that has a heavy peer-learning panel structure with $5,000 in Las Vegas-style cash giveaways throughout the conference. It even includes (BYOB) networking virtual receptions to mingle with e-sign, e-security and other tech and operations experts.

  • OPTIMIZE! 2020 was inspired by many of RPost’s customers and partners who have enjoyed the benefits of RPost’s RSign & RMail free work-from-home program and are now asking for guidance on how to best optimize e-signature, email encryption, Registered Email™ track & prove, e-security automation, and other technologies.
  • Business executives are attending to understand the “art of the possible”. Technology and procurement leaders are joining to identify affordable new e-sign and e-security automation techniques that staff and clients will enjoy using. All are interested in what peers are implementing for more elegant user experiences, feature-richness with affordability, and interconnecting systems.
  • There will also be product experts for Microsoft Office 365, Security Gateway, and Salesforce.com and industry-expert special guest speakers like Steve Anderson who are well respected in their focus industries and geographies as well as.
  • Speakers include leaders in their industries or regions – great companies like Allianz, Xerox, Ingram Micro, TPx, Impellam, Jungheinrich, SoftwareOne, numerous law, insurance, health care, financial services, real estate/title, property management/storage and others who can speak to industry platforms like DocsCorp, Fern, Resware, VISMA, and more.

You may not be able to go to Vegas for a while, but luckily, RPost OPTMIZE!2020 is bringing Vegas to you with $5,000 in Cash Giveaways. This free virtual conference will have all the networking and sharable learnings to rival any live Vegas conference—and without having to fret about airports and hotel rooms.

There are currently only 10,000 virtual seats, so Tech Essentials recommends clicking here to reserve your spot while space is available.