A Few Words from Jim

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I feel like I spent every hour of every day last month, online in Zoom meetings.
No travel. No in-person face-to-face meetings. No boundaries.
Working from home now means working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
I’m in one-on-one meetings with prospective clients and full staff meetings and I attended the Medford Chamber‚Äôs first-ever monthly forum online with over 250 in attendance. Congressman¬†Greg Walden was the speaker giving 15 minutes of prepared remarks and answering questions for over 45.
Because there is no travel time between meetings, many of my meetings were back to back, instantly. It can be exhausting. I average 6 Zoom meetings a day.
I even took a couple of yoga classes from TulaMovementArts.com in Bend using Zoom from Ashland.
Zoom was also used by my family to stay in touch, in a wild Saturday morning gathering ritual of siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. We have been meeting every Saturday to just goof off, find out how we’re doing and to let each other know we are loved.
We have even had virtual dinner parties and happy hours with family and friends. I put a big screen TV on the dining table and it feels like they are at the table with us.
I can’t imagine going through this pandemic without high-speed internet and Zoom.
When this is over and we all get back to ‚Äúnormal”, I wonder how much we will continue to meet online both professionally and with families.¬†
The photos on the cover are mine. I took screenshots during zoom meetings. The large one is the Medford Chamber Forum with Guest Congressman Greg Walden. The one on the bottom is of an E2E meeting that was held to discuss PPP loans and the small inset is a staff meeting of 1000Museums.com.

JimJim@SouthernOregonBusiness.com

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