The other day I was having a conversation with someone. I don’t know how we got onto the subject but she said that, due to the pandemic and quarantine, book sales have skyrocketed.

Well, sure, I thought!  My Kindle Paper White reader has had quite a workout this last past year.

But that’s not what she meant.

With so many working from home and attending Video meetings, people started to create “Backdrops” in their homes and books became a major player.

Interesting isn’t it?

I really never thought about that part of Video Meetings but in looking back on my past experiences I can see how what is behind you would be pretty darn important.

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​Video Conferences and Meetings have given us something that we could not get in the traditional work environment, a peek into someone’s life.

We are curious creatures.  Truth be told, I myself have been very guilty of peeking at other people’s surroundings during video meetings, and sometimes (and this is a big confession) I judge them!!

I remember one meeting where the speaker had all sorts of fancy whiskey bottles on a shelf behind him. Now I have nothing against whiskey but I spent more time trying to figure out what kind of whiskey it was that I hardly heard a word he said!!  I also wondered (not out loud of course) what exactly was in that mug he kept drinking from!!

Small Bud Vase in Brown and BlueSo why am I sharing all this with you?  Because If you participate in a lot of Video Conferences and Zoom meetings, I want you to take a minute, turn around and see what everyone else sees.

Is this what you want them to see?

What are the other participants seeing?  A messy house, a ZZ Top poster, a pile of dirty laundry, an unmade bed?

Because what they see, will give them a very nice peek into YOU.

Are you a professional? A bookshelf behind you with some classic books, or (better yet) industry-specific books with some graceful and beautiful vases would enhance your credibility as a professional.

Do you make videos focused on the home, kitchen, or cooking industry?  Why not have some pretty ceramic handmade bowls on your counter, a special Mug in your hand, or a beautiful pottery kitchen jar on your shelf.

Plate and Bowl on a Shelf

Meetings can be at any time of the day or night but we unusually have something to drink next to us.  What does your drinking vessel say? Make sure it says more about WHO YOU ARE and less about where you have been!Sunrise Mug in Orange and Yellow

Do you see where I am going with this?

In conclusion – Video Conferencing is not going to go away any time soon. Set up your home office, whether its a special room, a corner of the bedroom or the kitchen table to portray the type of person you want the other participants to know you are. You put on that pretty blouse, or that shirt and tie 

Don’t miss the recent Redfin article I was featured in:

 “How to Elevate Your Space Using Ceramics”

Video Meeting- RedfinAn art form handed down through generations, ceramics has played an important role in human culture for thousands of years. Coming in all shapes and sizes, it’s also a great way to bring texture and personalization into your home. From dishes and decorative pieces to flowerpots and lamps, you can choose neutral colors for an earthy look, or an assortment of colorful pieces for an eclectic vibe.

Don’t know where to start? I, along with artists from Portland, OR all the way to New York, NY, was asked by Redfin to share our best piece of advice on how you can elevate your space using ceramics. Check out what I had to say!

How to Elevate Your Space Using Ceramics

Amazon Prime - Shipping, Movies and Books

Ben and I have been Prime members for many years. Ben is a HUGE Amazon shopper so having 2-day free shipping has been great for him. I don’t buy much but that doesn’t mean I don’t benefit from Prime. Not only is the shipping part great, but it also gives you lots of streaming movies and TV shows and every month they select some great books you can download and read FOR FREE. Yes…. I take advantage of both of these extras!!

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