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An article in the New York Times caught my attention: “How Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Has Perfected Zoom Lighting.”

The super model, musician and former First Lady of France has some interesting advice on our new world of Zoom and teleconferencing.

In the article, Bruni-Sarkozy discusses being in lockdown in the South of France (Now, that’s a lockdown I could get used to!) She also talks about finishing her new album.

It’s her thoughts on looking good on Zoom that caught my attention.

Let’s get this out of the way first: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has an advantage in this world…she is gorgeous. She says lighting is more important than makeup. She believes the cameras on laptops are too dim.

She says don’t get too close to it. Backlight your hair. Finally, light your face… with a candle.

Some of this may not sound practical, but I think we are at a point that teleconferencing is going to be a way of life.

The Washington Post has a piece about what will certainly be the hot new profession. “Head of Remote Work.”

The position existed before the Covid pandemic began. Darren Murph works for the software firm GitLab. According to the piece, he serves as a relocation expert, coach, tech advisor and event planner.

Murph expects “Head of Remote” will be the hot new job.

“I do think it could become the next evolution of the chief operations officer or the chief people officer or maybe the chief culture officer.”

Clearly, how we work is changing. Location. Hours. It may have been an emerging trend before the pandemic, but now, it may be our new normal.

I have to start working on my Zoom skills. I have to follow the advice of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Better back lighting for my hair. A candle to light my face…

I need all the help I can get.

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