The first time I saw a video phone call was the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY.
It’s come a long way since then. Real-time video calling is completely unremarkable today. It’s just the norm. For some reason, though, we naturally tend to think of these interactions as telephone calls and not as face-to-face meetings. If you think about it, it doesn’t get much more F2F than staring at a screen with the other party’s face all up in your face.
I’ve noticed that sometimes we (this includes me) do things that we oddly would not do in person, but we are very comfortable doing them on a Skype or other video call. So here are a few things to avoid.
5. Jammies, stained sweats, strewn about hair, 2-day beards. I’m not saying you must wear a vested suit or a prom dress, but certainly follow the same rules Read the rest of this entry →