2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Get on Your Next Zoom

Have you ever got on a Zoom meeting feeling fatigued, stressed, distracted, and irritable???

I think we all have.

We’ve all been thrust into a new business environment where technology rules our life. We’ve all received disturbing emails at a time when we’re juggling family responsibilities. At the current moment, I’m concerned about a lot of friends and clients experiencing pretty serious Covid symptoms.

2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Get on Your Next Zoom

1. How am I showing up?

What is my current reality?
What are my current emotions, moods, and attitudes?

You might be feeling…

  • Drained
  • Anxious
  • Fatigued
  • Disturbed
  • Stressed
  • Anxious
We know these emotions are contagious.

Research from Harvard University supports the idea that the emotions you feel are contagious– even on a virtual meeting like Zoom. They will be picked up by each participant and will affect their emotional state.

Be self-aware.
Be attuned to how you show up.
Be mindful of the emotional currency you’re exchanging with your peers. Will they leave this meeting energized, or will you leave them feeling depleted?

2. How do I want to show up?

I’ve known this question prompts me to be intentional with my emotions. It’s a simple 60-second reset when you say “I choose to show up right now with the right emotions”.
  • The kind of emotions that affects others positively.
  • A type of energy that is attractive to others and one that projects optimism.
  • A unique and confident body language. YES! Even on Zoom, your posture, smile, eye contact, and expressions speak loud and clear if you are a confident leader who has a great presence.
Don’t be distracted.
Don’t show up lacking energy.
Don’t ignore your emotional contagion.

Try it and I’m sure you’ll like it. People will feel your difference as a personal leader.

I like to say “You are contagious with your emotions– hopefully, people are catching the right emotions!”

Here’s to your next Zoom meeting– bring in some positive energy!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.