DOCCL - Module 3: Video Exercise 1

Instructions

Please watch the following videos and response to discussion question using the comment board below. Note: You must post your response by 5PM ET the day before the next  live webinar session to earn your certificate of completion.

Best Tips for Virtual Presentations with Virtual Keynote Speaker Mark Bowden (Part #1)

NCCA Business Communication UP 2020 Virtual Event - Opening Remarks and Keynote by Mark Bowden

Ric Phillips introduces and participates a little in Mark Bowden's Keynote re: connecting with people via video. This video has annotated notes in the description, so you can start the keynote at 14:30. (Note: Mark's audio is a bit shaky - it's not your computer!)

Discussion Questions:

1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry?
2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?

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10 comments on “DOCCL - Module 3: Video Exercise 1

  1. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    -Professional, presentable, and relatable.
    -Yes, making someone feel the same on the other side of the screen is important. This would provide overall comfort, and depending on the root of the meeting, it would create an environment of sharing and openness.
    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    -Better lighting, eye contact with the camera thus the person on the other side, and consideration of what is behind you to ensure it appears organized and welcoming.
    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    - I rely on daylight as my main source, I will have to invest in something more sustainable and reliable for lighting, thus having a better picture for the person on the other side of the screen.
    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    -It is important to maintain eye contact, be professional, smile, and show the other person you are welcoming and interested in what they are saying/showing.

  2. 1. What is your overall impression of Mark's background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    * clean, organized, inviting
    * Most virtual meetings occur in my office. I never thought about the background during a meeting until it was pointed out. I think this could work, my office is full of clutter and paperwork. Just tiding up will create a more organized and professional feel.

    What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    * make it personalized to you, things that you like.
    * have good lighting
    * bring the camera of your laptop to eye level

    Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    * organize my office, I have inspirational quotes in my office, none of which are behind my desk where I normally sit. I am going to move one or two on the wall behind me. I will raise my computer so the camera is eye level, I found that when Mark was talking it kept me engaged in the video, almost like he was speaking directly to me.

    What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    * open palm gestures,
    * staying close to the camera
    * have the camera at eye level
    * smile

  3. 1) Marks professional background of body language human behavior would absolutely be something that is a large part of Nursing. Many of our interations with patients or residents is being able to read and interpret their non verbal cues.

    2) Raise your camera to eye level. Have a comfortable and inviting background. Its ok to be anaimated and to get up and walk around.

    3) After having listened to mark about the importance of the background of a zoom call i would be more aware of my surroundings. Noting that body language on line is equally as important as in person. Ensure that i make eye contact with the camera, i know i have a tendency to look down at my notes when talking.

    4) Open body langauge, eye contact with camera and leaning in. Make sure people can still see your hands even when sitting. Be sure to nod, smile when listening to show your engaged.

  4. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    I noticed that he used the word real when referencing the background and I think it could work if I put some time and thought into the aesthetic appearance of my typical work office. My overall impression of Mark's background is that he is someone who appears passionate about his ideas in relation to communication and the colours are warm and attractive. The posters and books creates an emphasis on the overall idea that he is trying to convey. Further he appears personable with the "homey" decor with the couch, cushions, and other typical home items - this aspect though I'm unsure if it could work in my typical workplace environment.

    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    - items that portray personal values
    - items that suggest personal experiences

    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    Yes, I think I would think more about what is portrayed in my background given the resources that I have. Perhaps post a message that is meaningful to me or a quote that I live by. Bring some items to work from home that resemble a personal value.

    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    Echoing a lot of the points mentioned by others, maintaining eye contact and take into consideration the comfortable amount of time to make eye contact to most people, open body language and open palm hand gestures remaining in the disclosure and passion plane that was discussed during today's session.

  5. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry? - I like his background. It is very homey and inviting. I could re-arrange my background in my office to look more inviting when I do virtual interviews for potential new staff.

    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    1. Displaying some personal things
    2. Virtual background suggests you are hiding something

    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    I will re-arrange the angle of my camera and switch a few things around that people see behind me

    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    Smiley face to sticky to remind you to smile and keep your eyes on the camera so that you maintain eye contact with the person you are speaking with. Use your hands at waist level and visible in the camera

  6. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark's background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    - I felt that Mark's background was personal, warm, inviting and organized. It made me feel more relaxed. The closed door helped to provide privacy and potentially decrease interruptions during the presentation. This type of home office setting could work for both formal and more informal meetings. It could feasibly work in the LTC setting depending on the number of participants in your office for the meeting.

    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    - Raise the camera to eye level to increase appearance of engagement, ensure good lighting for the meeting, smile as often as you can.

    3) Are you inspired to change anything in your background or change the way you present online? If so, what?
    - I will try to raise my camera to eye level to maintain better eye contact with other participants in the meeting. I may try leaning into the camera more when speaking / presenting. I never thought to stand up during a zoom meeting when presenting. I like the idea of placing a smiley face post it above the camera to remind you to smile more and to help focus you eyes.

    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    - Eye contact, remember to smile more, perhaps head nodding when someone is speaking to show you are actively listening and it indicates acknowledgement/engagement.

  7. 1. The impression of Mark's office is that the background is very organized and comfortable. The combination of colors, lighting, furniture, kids' picture, and space creates an environment that can hold a formal and informal zoom meeting. The light blue color posters can calm a person down by slowing the heart rate and reduce blood pressure, which contrasted with other colors. The door is closed that other people wouldn't suddenly jump into the camera. The lighting is adequate to see Mark. Moreover, It is a good idea to use a lamp to create a warm environment. The furniture is simple to avoid crowds. Space is just perfect for the camera for focusing on Mark instead of an entire room. I think that the home office background can apply to health care zoom meetings.
    2. The things that he mentioned to improve the background.
    1) have a short and frequent meeting instead of a long hour meeting
    2)raise the camera to keep the same eye level
    3)put a smile face poster overtop of the camera
    4)facing lighting
    5)stand up as needed
    3. I want to change to elevate my camera to keep eye contact at the same level. Also, I will post a happy face on the top of the camera to remind my facial expression that i can impact my audience.

    4. in terms of body language and posture, I think that a sitting position can represent a person's attitude. Leaning on the desk means boredness and lack of interest; leaning on the chair's back means unprofessionalism. Secondly, strong eye contact and smile face make good relationship via camera. Thirdly, appropriate hands gesture such as open palm can express engagement and enthusiasm during a conversation. Last, at least, I should avoid frowning, staring, using hands to touch the eyebrow and face, or playing hair; instead, we can raise an eyebrow, nod head, make notes to show interest, caring, and active listening.

  8. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry? I found the background to be warm and inviting. With him presenting from the living room it makes you feel welcomed into the conversation and more open to participate as it doesn't have as much of a clinical or business feel like a board room would. I think this type of background could work if you are participating in an online meeting in your office alone but it would be difficult to have the more personal or inviting background if you have multiple people participating using the same camera.
    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings? Raising the camera to eye level so you are not looking down at people or having people look up at you. Ensuring the background is well lit.
    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what? I think trying to remember to raise the camera up would be helpful to help show that I am engaged in the meeting or conversation. This isn't alway possible at work depending on what computer I'm using or the setting I'm in but its something to consider when picking a meeting spot.
    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings? open palms, hand gestures, making sure your hands are visible versus on your lap or out of camera view. Remembering to smile and nod.

  9. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    Mark's background is personal and warm. He is showing a "real" background, not virtual, revealing a little of his personality. Revealing some personal items in the background does lend to a more trusting discussion. You see him as a "real person" and not just a video screen. This could certainly work in the LTC industry, provided resident privacy is protected, but in my office I do have family photos that are visible behind me when I am in presentation mode.
    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    -Having your camera at eye level.
    -Keep area well lit.
    -Make it a personal environment.
    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    I just moved my lap top up onto a stand so that it is at eye level, and now my camera is also at eye level.... no more looking up my nose ! lol
    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    -Keeps the frame animated. Use gestures. Gestures paint pictures, keep things animated and interesting and engaged. (open palms, baton gestures, illustrators)
    -Maintain eye contact and smile

  10. 1) What is your overall impression of Mark’s background? Could something like that work in your industry?
    * The background was warm, and inviting, personal, told of his story as he had the name of one of his books and You tube accomplishments posted. This may or may not work in our environment, in the offices and conference rooms yes and potentially even in the more common areas providing there is not a breech in resident confidentiality.
    2) What are 2-3 things that are mentioned as ways to improve a background while having online meetings?
    * better lighting, v personalized virtual backgrounds,
    3) Are you inspired to change anything about your background, or the way you present online? If so, what?
    *the background is a work in progress, however the tips of the happy face post it and lifting the laptop on a higher surface are simple implementations that can happen at the next session as well as the leaning in and engaging while presenting along with the hand gestures are very valuable and will also be implemented.
    4) What type of body language and gestures work well during online meetings?
    * unfolded arms, good straight posture, eye contact, explanatory gestures to emphasize the point trying to be made, head nodding to show agreement and engagement, a wave and maybe an occasional smile or two 😉

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