Zoom Is Destroying Some of the Best Things About Freelancing and Life!

Yes, video conferencing tools like Zoom are destroying some of the best things about freelancing and even of life! That’s a deliberately strong statement.

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Obviously video conferencing works better these days

Video conferencing has improved, lots. There are still glitches that cause interruptions and frustrations, but mostly it works pretty well. We can use Zoom and other tools on our smart phones, tablets, laptop and desk tops — quite a big deal when you stop and think about it.

What’s wrong with Zoom and the others?

Like you, I’ve been exposed to and experimenting with Zoom and other video conferencing tools for a couple of months now. My experience includes everything from a two-way conversation practice session over less than a mile distance that fell apart when the technology refused to work to a group of about 20 or 30 from with participants from across the United States and around the world that worked well. Go figure.

The worst part of Zoom

But the worst part of Zoom and video conferencing in general, is there I sit at home watching you sit there at your home. First you appear and then the next person who speaks is featured and round and round we go. If I smile at you someone else is likely to see it. We can’t make real eye contact. I can’t raise an eyebrow at you when someone makes a gaff and know you’re the only one who will get what I’m saying or doing.

We need to get conscious of the differences

I’m not really anti-video conferencing, although I do find myself resisting it more and more. I suspect what we need to do is get conscious of the differences in our ways of meeting. There are times when face-to-face, even with masks, makes all the difference. Eye contact works almost as well with masks as it does without them, at least in my experience. The eyes really do have it!

Writer, life and writing coach, book ghostwriter, Grandmother, Buddhist. Liberal who listens to the other side, political activist-www.DemocracyCounts.org

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