So, on Saturday the coaches and mentors held two GoToMeeting sessions. The first was about the measurements we were having done and the second was a discussion/introduction on how to use the forums.
In my professional life, I use GTM sessions a lot, so I felt pretty at ease connecting up and joining the meeting. I figured it would be how it usually is: connect up, join the crowd of people already there, and just listen in while someone leads the meeting and goes through a PowerPoint slide set. Let’s just say I was a little wrong.
So, I jump into the measurements meeting and whoa! there are 4 people staring back at me! Well, not really since I didn’t have a webcam on, but they’re looking at the black box that represents me. And Coach V. is all like, “turn on your webcam so we can see you!”. Um, yea, I wasn’t really prepared at all for this. Like, not even one little itty bit.
Not being able to think quickly enough to either lie about having a webcam or create a reason for not hopping in, I set about getting my previously-unused webcam turned on. Finally I appeared on-screen. Oog. Yup, I was really regretting the decision to skip my usual morning shower.
Initially – awkward. I felt all kinda weird and exposed. But then – something happened. I relaxed, I started talking and all of a sudden it felt more like a conversation among new friends rather than a slightly bizarre techno talking heads meeting. Being able to see everyone really makes a difference; since I spend so much of my life on the computer sometimes I forget basic things, like, it’s easier to read someone when you can see their face. Duh.
I find myself a little surprised to honestly say that I’m looking forward to more of these meetings! There are a ton of people in our Coach V. group, but this is an avenue to getting to know some of them on a deeper level than just reading their forum posts.
And now I’ve learned my lesson and know better: no bedhead!