It was a Thursday afternoon when I received the call from a Doctor on the Covid19 hotline, she asked me my name and told me that someone who I have been in contact with had the Covid-19 virus. Shock, disbelief everything that could go worong flashed before my eyes. I immediately thought of the person who was now a victim of this deadly virus. A close family member who had just been released from the hospital. I was the one who broke the news to them. What now ? I excused myself from the office after telling my assistant and my immediate supervisor.
I had to go home. I needed to break the news to my family. As a mom you worry about your child and you would do everything to protect them. I felt awful, I didn’t want to hurt my child. The Doctor who made the call was reassuring she sent an email with a quaarantine order immediately had us scheduled for a test to see if any of us had the virus. Thankfully the results were all negative. We were still asked to remain in quarantine just in case.
My family member with whom I was exposed was also quarantined and isolated. It was a challenging few weeks. We made it work. I am still shocked how many people take this virus as a hoax. While we are all ok and not experiencing any symptoms we are still being cautious.
Covid19 is not a joke. I want you all to continue to remain vigilant. It is true to treat each and every person with whom you come in contact with as if they already have the virus.
1.Keep your distance
2. Wash Your Hands every chance you get
3. Wear Your Mask
4. If you are experiencing any symptoms, stay home and call your medical advisor or a Covid Hotline in your area and wait for instructions.
I have decided to take a mental break until February. My experience and outcome though favorable has really affected me. I can’t stress this enough keep your loved ones close and dear. If you’re not able to see them call. Video calls were very helpful in the two weeks I was stuck at home.
Continue to keep safe!, We will catch up in February.
Work From Home started for most persons around March of this year. People have to get accustomed to this new norm of doing things Online. While I like somethings that are done online, I’m still trying to maneuver my way around online meetings. I’m not a very techy person I can help myself and I believe that there’s no problem that a Google search can’t fix.
Today, I had a very important meeting online and while most of my meetings have been via this medium I’m still trying to understand my way around things. It’s no longer sending a calendar invite to meet at a conference room or restaurant but it’s now let’s meet via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. It all boils down to preference and the platform that the organizer chooses.
This is not my first stint with virtual meetings but today I had several glitches I believe going forward can be alleviated.
Here are some lessons that I learnt:
Do a test run – Dont take it for granted that things will run smoothly. Several factors can influence how your meeting proceeds. Is your internet steady? Is your device that you’re going to connect with compatible with the platform the organizer chooses? A test run with someone using the link provided can make things a 100% better.
Have your material ready: It’s important that you have the information that you’ll be presenting on in one area. Create a folder with the material also have a backup copy of your presentation just in case.
Housekeeping: Face to Face they’re certain things that you’re not keen on doing but its sadly being done on a virtual platform. Before the start of your meeting ensure that its communicated across the board how the meeting will proceed – using the raise hand feature, muting their mics when they’re not on speaking to the group, utilizing the chat room instead of interrupting the speaker.
Get Help: You’re not a robot. Its ok to ask for help. Make contact with It ahead of your meeting to go through any cliches that you may experience. You can also have someone monitor the chat while the meeting is going on, as well as, admiting persons into the meeting. Trust me, things will be ran more smoothly.
Meeting Location: Most people have been home from early March. Working from home does have its perks as well as challenges. For a busy mom with child/ren , this could be a challenge. Your location for your meeting while you figure out your home situation is very important. If you’re not fortunate to have a home office I’d suggest your bedroom or living area. All you’ll need is a desk /iron board to rest your laptop, or tablet on facing a blank wall or curtains for backdrop. Sending your kids , pets outside or their rooms while your meeting is going on can make a world of a difference. Not everyone is as understanding as some when they hear your needy toddler asking for something.
Record your meetings – All protocols observed. Do record your meetings just for reviewing and information purposes only. There are always lessons to be learnt from these proceedings.
How do you manage your virtual sessions? Which platform is your favourite? Do you have any other tips for conducting online meetings?