Video Conference Tips

10 Video Conference Tips

Join Bobby Haggard as he gives advice on best practices for video conferences. We’d love to hear what you have to say, so share your tips and tricks with us. 

#1 Consider utilizing free resources that can be accessed online such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Skype.

#2 Consider installing the app version of these video conferencing tools on your phone. This can be a great alternative when your local internet is experiencing high usage that affects your connectivity. 

#3 Encourage video conferencing whenever possible to be more present and engaged in meetings. Seeing facial expressions can increase connection and understanding.

#4 Check your surroundings. Be aware of what’s in view during video calls and use “blur my background” in Microsoft Teams to minimize distractions and protect privacy.

#5 The best light is natural light. When doing video calls, position yourself so that you’re facing a window if possible, and it will enhance your look. Never place a window or light source directly behind you.

#6 During video calls, you want to be looking into the camera when you’re speaking and at the face of others when it’s their turn. Resist the urge to look at yourself in the smaller frame in the corner of the screen.

#7 Pause for others to speak. It can be hard to find space to speak in a meeting, and even harder when everyone is virtual. Make sure there are time and opportunity for all voices to be heard.

#8 Remember to mute your microphone when you’re not speaking during a video call. But don’t forget to unmute when it’s your turn to talk.

#9 Monitor meeting chat. People may not feel comfortable breaking into the conversation or may be having technical difficulties. Check meeting chat often for comments.

#10 Video can sometimes strain limited bandwidth, so consider turning your camera off if the connection is poor.

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