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While remote working isn’t a new concept to most, it’s not the norm. That is, it wasn’t the norm until we were all faced with the need for social distancing. As we face predictions of economic recession and potentially even economic depression, it is more critical than ever to continue business as much as possible within a remote capacity; but, how can you maintain your professional integrity and authority in a remote working environment?
We sat down with Heather Hansen, motivational speaker, award-winning attorney and author of The Elegant Warrior to learn just that. Here’s the best tips we’re taking away in our day-to-day business practices:
Use video conferencing as much as possible. When working from home, it's tempting (or sometimes necessary) to avoid being on-camera, but research shows that people are more likely to feel engaged and connected when speaking face to face. That doesn't have to mean in person, this applies to video as well. In addition to better communication and engagement from your audience, appearing on video shows leadership and communicates a sense of physical/emotional hospitality to your colleagues/clients. Especially at a time when in person meetings are not possible, this is a great way to build deeper relationships despite the hardships we’re all facing in our personal/professional lives.
Optimize your on-camera professionalism. We’ve all seen or been at the center of a professional on-camera blunder. While those are bound to happen here and there with entire families working from home, here are a few tips on how to maximize your on-screen professionalism: