Published 2020-04-08 09:00:31
With most of the world required to stay at home, many companies now rely
on remote working and keep connection with staff through instant
messages and emails. Face-to-face meeting can no longer take place and
instead managers are asked to organise video-conferences.
You might think that attending (or even organising) a video conference
won't require too much efforts. However, while having sleepers to cover
your feet won't be noticeable, many things need your attention to avoid
turning the meeting into a total cacophony, or letting you down during a
professional presentation (remember this interview that went viral on social network following a famous incident).
Those are a few tips that can help to work successfully you video-calls.
- Test it: make sure your microphone and camera work. Maybe call
someone before in order to test it and make sure you won't have a technical issue
during the meeting. It includes making sure that you have enough light
so people will see you and you fit in the frame of the screen when
runing the video.
- Be careful with sound: When participating to a meeting, it's better
to be on mute when you are not talking. Thus, the more the participants, the
less background noise you will get (that includes the kids shoutings,
the doorbell, etc). Similarly, it's probably not a good idea to flush
the toilet or run water while having your microphone open.
- Use headphones, so you can better concentrate on your call and other people in the house cannot hear what is the conversation.
- Think about your background: While it's perfectly fine to
plain wall, some books, plants, window... showing the bathroom or
bedroom is not going to look good for a professional meeting. With some
video-conference apps, it is possible to hide unwanted features with a virtual background.
- Think about what you are wearing: your dressing gown or pyjama is
not recommended. You'll need to look presentable, at least from the
- Smaller group meetings: Always remember that if more than one person speaks at once, which is very common in normal
face-to-face human interaction, it can rapidly become unintelligible by
video. As simultanous conversations are
impossible to manage online and it's probalyy better to have smaller
meetings. Therefore, make sure that participants to meetings are
only those who need to be there: it will avoid most of the problems
Check our previous article for more tips to work remotely during the coronaviru crisis.
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