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How to host
The following tips can help holiday hosts make the most of a virtual holiday experience.
Metro Creative Connection
The 2020 holiday season fi gures
to be vastly different than seasons
past. The novel coronavirus
COVID-19 has transformed daily life
in many ways. The public has become
accustomed to wearing masks while
shopping, limiting the number of people
in public venues and keeping their
distance from friends and loved ones.
Many events have been reimagined as
virtual celebrations because of social
distancing protocols. For those with
large families or people with inherent
risk factors that make them more
susceptible to illness, sharing the holidays
over video conferencing apps may
be the safest way to go in 2020.
The following tips can help holiday
hosts make the most of a virtual holiday
Pick a bright, festive spot
Set up your tablet, smartphone or
computer in a bright area with a festive
backdrop. You’ll want others who
join the virtual hangout to be able to
see you clearly. A Christmas tree or a
decorated fi replace in the background
can set the scene.
Choose the right app
Certain programs may work better
than others depending on your needs.
For example, if everyone has the same
operating system platform (iOS or Android),
you may be able to use an app
inherent to that system, which won’t
require a separate download or login.
Apps also may be chosen depending
on how many people can be invited in,
as some set limits. Do your homework
and conduct a test run prior to the holidays.
Keep props nearby
If the goal is to open gifts virtually,
be sure to have everyone gathered and
gifts nearby so no one is scrambling in
and out of view.
Position the camera at eye level
Try to set up the camera so you’re
not looking up or down. Practice looking
straight into the camera instead of
at yourself in the minimized window
or even others on the screen. This way
you’ll appear engaged.
Use mute when not speaking
Muting yourself (and encouraging
others to do the same) when you are
not speaking will limit the amount of
background noise. As the host, serve as
the moderator and encourage everyone
to speak one at a time. Choose a visual
cue to signal when someone has the
fl oor to speak, such as raising a hand
or even showing a festive picture.
Tune into virtual worship
While some places of worship have
reopened to some capacity, others may
still be offering hybrid services. If your
place of worship offers services via
YouTube or another video platform,
gather around and watch together and
participate just as if you were there in
person. Better yet, share the link with
other family and friends so they can
tune in as well.
Share dinner ‘together’
Set up your camera source so it captures
the holiday table. All parties gathering
virtually can then sit down to the
holiday meal as one and enjoy one of the
season’s more endearing traditions.
Virtual celebrations may continue
through the holiday season. Adapting
with some video conferencing tips can
ensure everyone enjoys the festivities.
— Metro Creative Connection
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Tel: (718) 680.5405
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