We went to a hockey game the other night. It’s local hockey, the kind that constantly shows the faces from people in the crowd on the big screen over center ice.
It was fun watching people realize they were on the screen and start to smile. And then they got confused. If they looked at their image on the screen, they weren’t looking at us. If they looked at us (at the camera), they couldn’t see themselves.
One person all night looked at the camera. Everyone else looked at themselves. And saw the side of their head.
I realized that we do this all the time. We want to see ourselves on the big screen. So we can say, “I saw myself on the big screen.” Except for that handful of people who understand that they will have more impact, will look better, will see other people if they look right into the camera, or into the eyes across the table.
So, in the interest of better communication, “here’s looking at you.”
I want to drive the Zamboni.