“The global pandemic is a massive accelerant – you’ve witnessed the sudden, rapid arrival of your future!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I had the opportunity to watch myself deliver a virtual keynote yesterday on a sophisticated online platform. I was inside my virtual broadcast studio, at times speaking from my spaceship set about the past, present, and future of the global construction industry for the software company eBuilder, a division of the construction powerhouse Trimble.
It was pretty weird to see myself on ‘stage,’ but I also have to admit I was pretty darn great! The staging was awesome, the research and insight I delivered were pretty comprehensive, the timing and delivery were tight – and the audience reaction was fantastic. After it was over, I continued to assist my wife in putting together some shelving in the storage room.
You see, my 15-minute keynote, which you can watch right here, was by necessity, was taped about a month ago. We knew that the event would take place smack dab in the middle of our move to our new home and that my new virtual broadcast studio would probably not be fully set up yet. And so, in the week before our move, I filmed the last show from my studio for delivery to the client.
I then proceeded to take apart the old studio – and ran a timelapse of the disassembly.
Here’s the reality for the construction industry that I cover: “The global pandemic is a massive accelerant – you’ve witnessed the sudden, rapid arrival of complex new methods of teamwork and collaboration that will carry you into your future. What might have previously taken years of effort has now taken place in but a matter of months!”
The thing is, the future has arrived faster for everyone. In my own case, it might have taken me years before I truly mastered virtual keynote broadcasting, but I’ve nailed it much quicker than that because of Covid. And now, I’m on the edge of delivery of what I’m calling Studio 2.0 – and everything I’ve learned is being built into the new set! The visual version of the material I produce won’t be much different, but the construction or infrastructure behind the scenes is certainly much better!