Combatting Zoom Fatigue
Zoom fatigue is real. We’ve all experienced it – struggling to sit through multiple meetings a day and feeling more exhausted after a workday. This is in part due to the fact that when we participate in virtual meetings, we are focusing more intently than we would during in-person meetings. It is also much easier to want to multi-task since we are already on our computers, making us work harder by trying to pay attention to our meeting and attempting to complete other tasks.
Employers are concerned about their virtual attendees becoming “Zoombies” – feeling drained by the rise in Zoom meetings, video calls, and virtual experiences. Increasing virtual engagement by doing things such as creating an engaging virtual exhibit hall and incorporating visually appealing graphics are ways to keep your audience engaged. We’ve also come up with a list of tips to help you combat Zoom fatigue and ways to keep you charged throughout the day:
- Reduce multi-tasking during meetings
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule
- Utilize a virtual whiteboard
- Use video to keep people engaged
- Book a unique LAI speaker
Reduce multi-tasking during meetings
Resist the urge to multi-task during your virtual meetings or events. If you were attempting these meetings in-person, you most likely would not be trying to answer emails or complete one more task while your boss is talking during a meeting. Set aside the same amount of time for your virtual meeting that you would for your in-person meeting and find your productivity soar as you feel less drained during the workday.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule
For every 20 minutes that you spend looking at a computer screen, stop and look at something that is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. On top of that, when we look at screens, we tend to blink about half as often as we normally do which can cause dry eye. This is another reason to remember to practice the 20-20-20 rule to help prevent eye fatigue.
Utilize a virtual whiteboard
A feature on Zoom that many are not aware of is the virtual whiteboard. This allows you to share a whiteboard that you, and if you allow it, other participants, can annotate on. LAI exclusive speaker, Chris Fussell, President of the McChrystal Group, says that this feature has proven to be extremely useful during virtual events and presentations.
Use video to keep people engaged
61% of marketers use video as an interactive element to keep people engaged (Source: Markletic). Using high-quality video throughout your virtual event will keep people intrigued and up the quality of a typical Zoom meeting. To lean more using video at your virtual event, check out these creative tips.
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Book a unique LAI speaker
These unique speakers help fight Zoom fatigue by delivering stand-out content that captures and keeps the attention of your virtual audience. Considering booking one of these speakers for your next virtual event to prevent your viewers from experiencing Zoom fatigue!
SEKOU ANDREWS, CUSTOM “INSPIR-TAINMENT” KICKOFF
Grammy-Nominated Creator of "Poetic Voice" and Inspirational Speaker, who provides the most inspiring virtual event kickoff that you’ve ever seen, delivering a unique and custom poetic performance to your organization and industry.
MARK BOWDEN, WORK FROM HOME WORKSHOP
Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication, who provides interactive body language training for virtual communications to better connect via video – showing tactics to demonstrate empathy, engagement, and deliver compelling presentations.
KATE DARLING, LEADING EXPERT IN SOCIAL ROBOTICS
Social Robotics Expert and MIT Media Lab Research Specialist, known for her charming personality and interactive talks, who explores the future of human-robot interaction and ethics, delivering a fun, thought-provoking conversation around our technological future and the emotional connection between people and life-like machines.
ALPANA SINGH, VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
Restauranteur and Master Sommelier, who delivers an inspiring discussion about seizing life’s opportunities and a guided virtual wine tasting from one of the world’s few master sommeliers.
SEBASTIAN TERRY, MOVING & MOTIVATING STORYTELLING
Author, TV Host, and Founder of 100 Things Philanthropic Movement, who blends his moving journey of pursuing a list of 100 things to achieve before he dies with an interactive goal-setting workshop to inspire audiences to create opportunity and help others.
MICK EBELING, BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED INSPIRATION
Not Impossible Labs CEO, who leverages 20 years of production expertise to create beautifully produced virtual talks that bring audiences to tears with emotional stories of using technology to change the world.
JON DORENBOS, MAGICIAN & FORMER NFL PLAYER
Former NFL All-Pro turned Elite Magician, who mixes his inspiring motivational talks with suspenseful magic tricks, wows audiences while encouraging them at the same time.
JO MALONE, ENGLISH SCENT MAVERICK
Founder of Jo Malone London and Founder & Creative Director of Jo Loves, who takes audiences along her journey from overcoming a difficult childhood to launching the Jo Malone fragrance brand from her kitchen table, selling it, losing her sense of smell, and finally launching a new global brand – describing the scents she created along the way.
CAL RIPKEN, JR., LEGENDARY BASEBALL STORIES
Legendary "Iron Man of Baseball," who combines behind-the-scenes stories, with insider anecdotes from some of the most monumental moments in baseball and lessons-learned on and off the field.
MAURICE ASHLEY, A GRANDMASTER'S GUIDE TO CHESS
First African American Chess Grandmaster, who provides an interactive chess-playing experience – incorporating his own app to teach audiences how to play like a grandmaster – and shares how chess strategies can be applied for business success.
EDWARD LEE, CULINARY TOUR OF CULTURE
Award-Winning Chef, Restaurant Owner, Author, and Food Network's Iron Chef America Winner, who provides a powerful look at the intersection of food and culture, exploring what our definitions of American cuisine reveal about who we are as Americans.
BEAU LOTTO, EXPERT IN THE SCIENCE OF PERCEPTION
Neuroscientist, Founder & CEO of The Lab of Misfits, and Author of Deviate, who shows audiences how to see differently – illuminating the principles of perception to help groups overcome biases, embrace uncertainty, transform their approach to creativity, and unlock innovation.
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