As the new normal allows virtual interactions and webinars becoming the way of life amid COVID-19, Zonta Club of Cebu II organized “Netiquette (Acceptable way of Communicating on the Internet).” Now, when asked, “Is there an etiquette manual to follow while on teleconferencing and other forms of virtual forums?” Yes, there is, according to Atty. Ethelbert Ouano who was the resource person of the recent event.
Netiquette in virtual, online conference
If there is an etiquette manual to follow in various face-to-face situations, like at the dining table, at the office as the boss, in the office as the subordinate, in a board meeting, in church, in an interview, is there a code of behavior to follow while we are glued in one seated position, with eyes focused on the screen?
Ouano’s answer is: To make participants feel they are part of the meeting, thereby, inclusive; that the resource person is approachable, and the presentation is two-way communication.
Ouano said there are rules and roles on how to keep the participants interested and interactive during the meeting. The Do’s and Dont’s of video conferencing give emphasis on respect and consideration for everyone in the room, even though the participants are only seeing each other’s face framed in small squares.
The circumstance, that we are in, is doing members of Zonta Club of Cebu II some good. No one wants to be out of the loop, thus the Zontians are getting to be more proficient at maximizing the benefits that the internet provides in connecting sister Zontians with one another.
These energetic executives, ever-eager to learn, are not passing up the opportunity to upgrade one’s capacity to make use of gadgets, for zoom meetings and for continuing education, and more out-of-the-box activities.
Atty. Ethelbert Ouano is the most reliable resource person to speak about technology, being an engineer, which is an uncommon preparatory course for the study of law. This multi-talented professor at the University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R) spends much of his time as a public servant of Lapu-Lapu City.