This week’s question: Zoom meeting participants who have plants or books behind them are perceived as more competent than people with other backgrounds, scientists have determined. If the researchers were to write a self-help book detailing how to parlay a well-arranged video backdrop into career success, what should it be titled?
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THE WINNER: “Background? Check!”
Michael Coyle, Burlington, Connecticut
SECOND PLACE: “Your Future Is Behind You”
Dave Grossman, Petaluma, California
THIRD PLACE: “Bring Your Best Shelf to Work”
Erica Avery, Greenfield, Massachusetts
“Skip the Pants But Show the Plants”
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina
“The 7 Habitats of Highly Effective People”
Laurel Rose, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Think & Grow = Rich”
Tim Mistele, Coral Gables, Florida
Claire Williams, Louisville, Kentucky
“Pants Optional (But Make Your Bed)”
Rebecca Burgan, Grass Valley, California
“Backdrop It Like It’s Hot”
Jesse Rifkin, Arlington, Virginia
“Put It All Behind You”
Mary Jo Astrachan, Oneida, New York
“Library of Conquest”
Bill Levine, Belmont, Massachusetts
“How to Hype Your Skype”
Jonathan Venazindis, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
“It’s What’s in Back That Counts”
Lynda Brothers, Pearl River, New York
James Lister Smith, Delancey, New York
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