Friday, August 07, 2020

Zoomed Out Yonder

Although I am still able to meet in person with several of my coaching clients, many of them are now forced by their employers to use Zoom.

And with one client, I've noticed an extra problem.

Unlike the Zoom stereotype of the person who sits close to the screen, this client sets up Zoom meetings in a large conference room and the camera is up on the wall on the other side of the room.

As a result, I see and hear them at an extra distance. The subtle signals of facial expressions are lost.


It is quite professionally done but I'd greatly prefer the amateurish, closer to the camera, count-my-dental fillings, view.

This is, I am given to understand, as good as it's going to get. The Zoom room was set up by their IT professionals and the fact that the place is "workable" is regarded as Mission Accomplished.

Slick, but a little too slick. Seeking modifications is deemed unthinkable. I am left describing the marvelous virus-protection regimen of organizations that permit socially distanced face to socially distanced face meetings.

As with many hints, those remarks do not register.

May we soon return to the good old days.

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