The mere thought of yet another business video meeting can be enough to push many an exec into despair.
You can wonder why the meeting was called in the first place.
People speak too loudly, speak over others, or don't speak at all.
You yearn for any kind of personal connection.
And that's just a standard starter set of three of the problems with conducting business over video.
Imagine compounding these with such torments as worrying if anybody's actually listening, the distraction of how much multitasking and parallel working is happening on unrelated work, or struggles with using any of the myriad collaborative or sharing tool apps.
And that's before you consider achievement. Or lack of it. Like whether anything genuinely moved forward.
You might be in the realm of wondering why your meetings are all so much alike. Is there a way in freshening them up a little? What might spark that precious extra gem of engagement? Can I add one lovely, rewarding item to my video meeting repertoire?
I can unlock distinctive video meetings.
If you recognise your own virtual environment in any of the above, then these are the issues I've learned to overcome. Since 1998 and counting. When I did my first ever series of video calls whilst working for a while in Stockholm.
Since then, I've set up business across the continents. Meeting with clients and prospects, partners and suppliers, and fellow co-workers both current and hopeful, all over video, all of the time.
And now I help guide those sensing there's at least a touch more they can do with their own video meetings, to unleash an extra smile of happiness and greater success.
There's two strands to choose from. Tactical and Strategic. Let's begin when your ambitions are more the latter.
Here's an example of the 'modules' I've delivered since packaging up my knowledge, back in those turbulent times around March 2020.
periodic table of standard ‘better video meeting’ sessions ran
Can I mix ‘n match?
Yes you can. As 2022 dawned, there are growing requests to help specifically with either the re-integration of a workforce returning to the office after a long time WFH, or seeking best-practice for 'blended' adjustment. Both allow for elements of several modules to combine for short, effective intentional semi-structured time for those whether still away from the office or back in the building, hybrid or remote-first.
What about more tailored options?
Most of my delivery is tailored. There’s also opportunity to bring your own areas you’d like to work on. Create your own session format and I can take you step-by-step through how the pros achieve what you want to do.
As an extra angle here, the early-22 buzz is clearly around how to adapt your existing forums - whether internal or external - to using video. Specifically in where the medium is better suited than simply phone, mail or in-person meetings. Especially in a way that takes an oft-ran get-together and makes it truly fizz over video.
How long are sessions?
Modules are designed to fit 45-minute schedules. Where some like to go deeper into a single topic, they are usually best split across two such sessions, often some time apart.
How many sessions do I need?
Only what you need, I feel compelled to say first. There’s a range of options. Some find for a single, focused aim one session does the trick. Others have opted for a 45-minute session each week over a number of weeks, creating their own program for a more complete ‘semester’.
Since Easter 22, a growing slice of requests are for facilitating live project issues, such as upcoming meeting run-throughs, or rehearsal for real upcoming client/partner calls.
What’s the damage?
Well, not quite a ‘how long is a piece of string’ answer. It does though depend on what you want, for how long and with how many other participants from your workplace. In short, a standard 45-minutes for a handful of colleagues (I don't do webinars) can be commissioned for just a couple of hundred pounds/dollars/euros. Giving you payback straight away and tools that will become trusted throughout your video calling career. Simply get in touch by reply to me from the email received with this page's link. And let’s see if where you want to go is matched by where I can help you travel…
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As a footnote, here's a link to the book I wrote on this topic. From the perspective of your specific personal accomplishment. Read about my book crafted from my quarter-century doing business over video. (Or even buy the book; through Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).
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PS, here are some of the motivations of those that've commissioned me lately.
If any of these sound like you too, then we may well be right for each other...
Often like to hold idea generation sessions
Run a geographically dispersed teamHave concern for Remote colleagues’ wellbeing
Want to be truly distinctive from competition in the eyes of potential customersLove video calling and would like to add to their repertoire
A sense they could freshen, shake or simply skill up their approach to video meetings in general
Want to have video calls they host be anticipated with relish by those invited
Know that running a video meeting like you would one in-person is not the way to go
Yearn for a bit more more sparkle over video calls
Want to get more actions completed yet overall doing less video calls
Thanks for reading, and whatever you decide, I hope you get to a place where video becomes a valued medium which propels your work.