I don’t know about you but nowadays I find myself increasingly often in front of my computer camera talking to friends and clients. It looks like video calls are now a real thing and not just a prediction whose time had never come.
But that only creates new problems, doesn’t it? Especially when you Zoom or Skype professionally. I mean, do you remember the days when you would practice your handshakes before an interview or a big meeting? Or you’d print out extra copies of your resume to give to your interviewers? In these novel times, those hallmarks of traditional professional networking have been moved virtually. No more in-person meetings or hard copy print-outs, instead you’ll have to make a good impression via Zoom.
Don’t worry, though, as in this day and age people have gotten married via Zoom, graduated via Zoom, and even welcomed a new baby to the family via Zoom! The videoconference web-application has become the third-dimension where human connection exists apart from your home cluster.
In the case of a wedding, graduation, or baby shower, you know the people you’re meeting with. They’re loved ones, family, or friends. However, when you’re promoting your book or holding a virtual book launch, it’s usually with strangers or acquaintances.
This infographic by GreatBusinessSchools walks you through making new connections online, explains virtual etiquette to make a good impression via Zoom, and presents different online platforms you can use to promote your books. Ditch those paper resumes, download Zoom, and get connecting!
Zoom gets all the glory , I’m still a Skype fan , I’m only 40 but that’s gonna be my 8 track player when I’m old. The smart phone caught us by surprise we never saw it coming in the 80s , death of the land line and the preference to zoom or video conference period. 2020 in 1985 we thought we’d have flying cars and holograms. But we got great electric cars and zoom instead.
Lol – yeah, who would have thought?!
Being retired, it’s all family and friends–plus organizational Zoom meetings. But the latter do suggest some common sense. Hadn’t gone there yet with podcasts and potentially Zoom for promoting books (need to write more!) but I’m saving this infographic for future use. Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it, John! It’s crazy how often I find myself in front of the webcam nowadays. And I’m not the only one. Even the wee one – she has 3 hours of school via Webex!
My cat likes to sit on the back of my office chair and for some reason she especially does it when I’m on Zoom calls. (I think she might think I’m talking to *her*.) By this point my coworkers are disappointed if they don’t see her. “Where’s Nyx? Is she okay?”
Lol – Nyx, the teleconference star 😀
Great post! Very helpful tips – will be checking the platforms for online networking 🙂 I had a furry friend interrupt a video meeting not so long ago, thankfully everyone on the call was kind and didn’t mind too much. They even asked to see him! Thank you for sharing this advice, was an interesting read.
Furry friends photobombing our meetings are the best 😀