Some Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing

When participating in a video conference, it’s important to be courteous to the other members of the meeting. Here are a few tips of what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do, when partaking in a video conference.

DO: Say your name before you speak for the first time, so that everyone can know how to address you. Take note of the names of other participating, and refer to them by name. This helps build a sense of familiarity between the participants.

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DON’T: Interrupt anybody. Being rude will not win you points in your video interactions. A good work around is a chat box to queue up questions.

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DO: Make eye contact with the people on the other end. Stay engaged and focus.
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DON’T: Carry on side conversations, text, doodle, or do anything else that would otherwise indicate you are not paying attention.
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DO: Find a quiet place to join in the conversation. Turn off the sound on your cell phone, and close any other programs that could potentially make noise. If it’s not vital for a program to be running during your meeting, close it to reduce further distraction.
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DON’T: Go to a place that will be loud, obnoxious, or distracting. Also, if you have pets, close the door so they won’t pop in on the screen.
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DO: Dress for the occasion. If it’s a business meeting, showing up on camera in your pajamas won’t go over particularly well. The more simple the outfit, the better it will look on camera.
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DON’T: Wear overly bright clothes with intricate patterns. They won’t show well on camera. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good first impression.
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Ultimately, the best guideline to follow is to ask yourself if you would do a certain behavior in a face-to-face meeting. If not, then it’s probably best to not do it on a video conference either.

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