Commanding a Zoom: Communication Expertise for Virtual Leadership


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Professor of Communication, University of Colorado
Webinar Recording Details
  • Date and Time
    Tue, Mar 14, 2023 at 9AM Pacific / 12PM Eastern
  • Duration
    1 Hour
  • Cost
    $0 (Free)
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Zoom… it’s so 2020. Or is it? Collectively, we’ve certainly become better at it, but do we have the multifaceted communication skills we need to lead a virtual meeting? When it comes to commanding the room, many trainers have presence, polish, and passion. When they talk, trainees listen. They move, they connect, they exude charisma. However, when Zoom arrived on the scene with a capital Z and technology leveled the playing field, things changed. Any talking head can light up a square, but compared to stand-up training, commanding a Zoom is an even greater challenge. A total of 300 million people a day are Zoomed out; monotony and lethargy creep in easily.

This session is about displaying presence, polish, and passion virtually in four categories that work together to create communication leadership acumen: visuals, sounds, slides, and body language.

Session Goals:
  1. Understanding the microelements of virtual leadership
  2. Analyzing the communication styles of virtual leaders
  3. Creating your own plan for virtual communication effectiveness

About Dr. Constance Staley

Dr. Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She holds a B.S. in education, an M.A. in linguistics, and a Ph.D. in communication. As a mid-career academic, Dr. Staley worked as a trainer in an East Coast Fortune 500 company, designing and delivering all management and supervisory training. She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach in the republic of Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union; has won the University of Colorado Outstanding Teacher Award; and was twice nominated for a CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

Connie has published 20 books/editions and recently served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, leading a university initiative to design a next-generation campus Career Center for students. She is a sought-after conference keynoter and a highly popular trainer, both onsite and online. Dr. Staley currently teaches university courses in Communication, Training, and Consulting; Professional Public Speaking Online; and Conflict Management.

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