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5 Reasons You Should Be Part of Gumball 3000

5 Reasons You Should Be Part of Gumball 3000
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What started out as a British entrepreneur’s exclusive road trip adventures for famous friends has evolved into a celebrity motor rally like no other. Maximillion Cooper’s Gumball 3000 is a prestigious event that brings the world’s who’s who to celebrate the finest things in life, starting from the sleekest automobile to the sexiest models and all the way to the latest fashions. With the 2016 rally close by (April 30 to May 7), it’s about time that you booked your tickets to an event which Top Gear lovingly describes as “a tortuous process that gives you access to indulge endlessly within unreal experiences”.

If you need a little extra motivation, here are five reasons to get your heart revving and remind you why you shouldn’t miss the Gumball 3000 this year.

1. Cars, Car, and More CARS

Gumball 3000 is yet to disappoint car enthusiasts despite running for almost two decades. Expect to see some of the craziest, fastest, and most expensive cars from all over the world. Last year alone, the start line was a mesmerizing sight with cars such as McLaren F1 GTR, Batman’s Tumbler, Lamborghini LM002, a six-wheeled military vehicle, and a 1959 Ferrari TR revving to make their way from Stockholm to Las Vegas.

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If your car doesn’t fit the ‘superfast and quirky’ bill, you’re welcome to ride in one of the participating vehicles including the likes of Rolls Royce and Ferrari.

Josh Cartu, one of rally’s main attraction, says, “A number of people re-excited for Gumball 3000 for the exclusive cars that are going to be there. Even I am very excited to see my competition!”

This year’s form contains an Additional Information section where you can mention your ideal co-driver, favorite care, ultimate driving song, and city. Expect something exciting as a result.

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2. Exclusive Tour of Europe

Get ready to explore eight of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Your journey starts from Dublin on April 30 where some of the most expensive, impressive and rare cars wait to start their 3,000 mile journey the next day. Later on May 1st, the cars will cross the Irish Sea and arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh for the public there to idolize them in a static car show.

The next day, Gumball 3000 will roll into London and parade through the city center. Expect to be greeted by a crowd as May 2nd is a bank holiday and everyone would like to see the exclusive vehicles this rally brings to town. If you’re not used to the fuss, all you need to do is bear with it for one day as you’ll be driving to The Alps on May 3rd until you reach Cooper’s secret hideout for a private dinner and charity auction.

And there’s more. On May 4th, you’ll be zooming through Prague among public displays and festivities. The next day, you’ll be in the scenic Budapest where you and your family can indulge in a range of activities. Finally, your journey will come to an end on Friday May 6th at Bucharest. However, the fun will just start as you have two days of festivities ahead in the Romanian capital.

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3. Wildest Finish Party

The Finish Party scheduled on May 7th will make the Gumball 3000 go out in a bang. As part of the exclusive Gumballers posse, you’ll receive full access to some of Bucharest’s hottest night spots. You’ll also be serenaded by some of the artists who drove the 3,000 mile along with you. Last year, The Alchemist, rapper Bun B, and Deadmau5 rocked the party despite Maximillion Cooper stressing them and other Gumballers throughout the rally, forcing them to beg for mercy then only to make plans for the next year.

4. High Fashion and Down-to-Earth Stars

A former model once represented by the Elite model agency and a fashion designer, the founder of Gumball 3000, has made the year’s highly-anticipated rally ‘THE’ place to satisfy your thirst for fashion. Expect fabulous shoots, shows and everything fashion from sponsors including Guess and Armin Strom. Further doubling the fun is a host of handpicked celebrities. This year, expect to rub shoulders with F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Tony Hawk, David Hasselhoff, Tommy Lee, and EVE. Others on the guest list include over 50 people off the Forbes 500 list and several Middle Eastern royal families.

Also, there are going to be past winners including the likes of Josh Cartu, who will have the Australian actor, Sullivan Stapleton, as his co-pilot this year.

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5. You

You yourself are one of the biggest reasons why you should be part of Gumball 3000. In addition to sharing the limelight with some of the best drivers and stars in the world, you get to unwind for a week by partying, attending concerts, and satisfying your love for cars. Yet since nothing is free in the world, expect to be pushed by Maximillion Cooper himself to be part of the action every time, ensuring that you have a week you’ll forever remember.

So, are you ready to be part of Gumball 3000 in 2016? The schedule is out, so make sure you make your presence felt.

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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