15 Watching Your Time

Everything takes longer in a videoconference. On many occasions, participants do not understand until they are in the thick of their conference that communication moves more slowly than when meeting face-to-face.

The spontaneity of a quick remark from one person to another sitting across the table is very difficult to duplicate in a videoconference. Not only is spontaneity lost, but the timing required to communicate naturally is compromised. Because of the lack of spontaneity and the slower conversation speed, boredom is also more likely.

Because communication will take longer, be careful with your timing. If you are to deliver a report or make a presentation, find out how much time you have. Then cut your remarks ...

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