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Virtual meetings are not going away. While these are similar to meeting in person, there are differences… and one of the most important involves nonverbal communications.

WHAT NONVERBALS ARE MISSING FROM VIRTUAL MEETINGS?

In the forward to my book “Read The Zoom,” Joe Navarro observed that “even seasoned executives felt at a disadvantage when negotiating or conducting interviews virtually.” One reason is you only see someone’s nonverbals from the head to the upper chest in virtual meetings. Actually, that’s the same view we get when meeting across a desk, a restaurant table or a conference room table. So what’s missing? We can sense the other person’s energy in the room. Their handshake tells us a lot about their confidence level. We miss that input, but there are some virtual advantages…

3 TIPS ON HOW TO “READ THE ZOOM” TO GAIN INSIGHTS:

1) Check out the background for items that show personality. Then, ask a question about something of interest to build rapport before you talk business.

2) Watch how their posture changes during the meeting. This is a barometer of confidence and engagement. The same is true for hand movements. Even if you can’t see their hands, you will see shoulder movement if they use their hands.

3) Virtual meetings provide a closer view of a person’s face than would be socially comfortable in person. When you present your ideas, notice if their pupils dilate or contract. Dilation shows they like it.

Want to learn more? You can read Joe Navarro’s forward and take a free look at the first chapter of Read The Zoom. In the meantime, will you share…

WHAT DO YOU LOVE OR HATE ABOUT VIRTUAL MEETINGS?