A few weeks ago, I took a socially-distanced vacation to the beach with my household. One afternoon I agreed to hold work calls so an important project would not be delayed.
I ran in from the beach, did a quick change, and tuned in to the video call with just enough time to spare to pour myself a cold iced tea. I was 10 minutes into the meeting before I noticed that the backdrop of my video call was my wet bathing suit draped over a chair. Not the first impression I was trying to create!
And I am definitely not alone…I remember a few years ago when I was on a board call and my colleague’s wife walked behind him, apparently from the bathroom to another room, wrapped in only a towel. He didn’t notice, but the rest of us sure did. Thank goodness for oversized bath towels!
Reminders for your virtual calls:
And remember that even the most experienced virtual meeting participants will have mistakes, so laugh when they occur.