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Video Conferencing is a blessing for those employees who need to attend a meeting after a long, tiring, and stressful day at work or those who are in a long-distance relationship and they’re still together (“Every night I crave to see you, every night I thank to technology,” Divya Jain), and yet it has its limitations (Worst thing in a long-distance relationship? -Being unable to wipe each other’s tears over a video call!)
If you want to conduct an important video-conference meeting or just a good video-conferencing session, consider these tips:
- Check that the audio and video work perfectly before starting the meeting. Minimize background noises (e.g., turn off the tv, radio, music, or air-conditioned, close the door and windows). Update your audio drivers, upgrade to a good quality microphone and headset.
- Speak naturally without raising your voice. Don’t gesture too much with your hands or make brisk movements. Keep eye contact by looking at the camera. Most importantly, speak clearly and do not interrupt anyone. Avoid distractions, such as checking your email or social media, responding to messages and texts, eating or drinking.
- Always wait a few seconds after you finish speaking, remember that there is a delay in communication.
- Pay attention to how you light your face, what you wear, and the background behind you. Declutter and clean the space around you, get rid of everything you no longer need or want. Dress appropriately for the occasion. If you’re screen sharing, be sure to minimize or log out of your email and instant message applications.
- Use a computer or a laptop (do not operate it in battery mode), and a wired connection. A wired connection is more reliable and fast than a Wifi connection.
- It is advisable that the video-conference meeting take place at a low traffic time (this is not the moment of P2P downloads or anything like that) because video streams are bandwidth intensive.
- Privacy and sextortion (webcam blackmail) are a big problem of our time, since participants may record the interaction without the other’s permission or knowledge, and share it in social media or pornographic video sharing and viewing websites.
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