After reading what I learned was that I should always try to face the camera as much as possible. I know this is a little difficult for me because of the space that I have to work with but in the future when I have my own studio I will keep that in mind. I agree that people should choose a non-distracting photo that isn’t too outdated. The photo I have on my zoom and LinkedIn shows me when I was still going to school and was taken with a professional camera during photography class. I think smiling is a thing we all forget to do from time to time especially with zoom fatigue but I can say it really does make a difference. When I see my professors smiling even when they are explaining the content of the course it makes me feel like I am in the right place and it is a safe spot. I find it difficult to smile when nervous especially if I am presenting, appropriate clothing is something I have always considered. I try to wear clothing with no patterns and words when I appear in meetings. I think the most important part of this reading that I would like to work on is not staying too long in meetings. Not because I do not enjoy the company or being in those meetings, but sometimes when the agenda has been discussed it would be nice if I could immediately start working on the items. But I find it really hard to end a meeting so that it does not seem abrupt.
The reading talks about how important it is to be direct. The example they provide is a father asking if his son wants to hold hands. “Do you want to hold hands?” and “Please hold my hands” have two different meanings. One is asking if the other person wants to do something for you while the other one is saying please meet my need. A statement is better than a question sometimes, I could see this if I were to ask my client “Please provide the copy” compared to “Do you have a copy?”. I also never considered telling people who interrupt “Hold that thought” even though I have heard it many times when students participate. I think something I should consider is if I find myself interrupting to just offer someone the floor, or ask them to continue.