Getting Comfortable with Videoconferencing

November 18, 2019
Executive Coaching

Q:  Should I be considering Zoom or Skype for some of my“meetings” with people?

A:  YES. It’s a trending method that makes sense AND that can bevery helpful.

I’ve been doing many of my executive coaching and training sessionsusing Zoom or Skype the past few years. It saves time, travel expense and ismany times just as effective as in person. It also makes it easier for theclients, who can just hop on the computer and see you, yet not have toentertain you during an actual visit.

Many of your clients (especially Millennials andGen Z folks) are using these mediums already, so why not get familiar with themso that you don’t feel like a “duck out of water” when it comes time to connect.

The great advantage of a video conference isthat you are right there in front of the person. You not only hear what theyhave to say, but can note body language. You are also able to show them charts,graphs, picture or slide presentations that are needed for that meeting.

The one consideration that’s important is yourbackground. I have one set up in my office that people find very relaxing. Ilive in Florida, so I have a mural that looks like a view out of a window thatfaces the ocean. You can’t help but smile and relax.

If you don’t set up something appealing behindyou it can be distracting. And if you want good eye contact, remember to look intothe camera, not at the person on the screen.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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