Remote work is on the rise in an effort to keep business running as smoothly as possible during the current situation. Working remotely has its pluses and minuses, just like the office. Video conferencing is a great way to stay connected while everyone is away. In today’s post, we discuss how to be successful when video conferencing from home.
Video calls are most successful when everyone gets on. Turning on your camera and letting everyone see your face will improve communication. Even if some of the team is in the office, have them take the meeting on their computers or phones if they don’t have a webcam.
Stick with your company’s culture when it comes to what you wear to your meetings. Some companies may require formal dress, but for others, it is acceptable to dress casually. However, casual does not mean your pajamas. Dress appropriate for the person on the other end of the webcam, but don’t get too wrapped up in your appearance. We are all in this situation together; companies are going to be slightly more forgiving.
With all of us at home, don’t stress the background as much when joining a conference call. If space is tight, take the meeting at your kitchen table, sofa, or even your bedroom if you need some space. Look for a background that isn’t distracting. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have your back to a wall. If anything is hanging that might embarrass you, take it down, but don’t sweat family pictures or other décor. Those items will help establish a human connection and serve as an ice breaker for your meetings.
Proper light is crucial to a successful meeting. Having the light toward your face helps get the most out of the call. Prior to your meeting, open up the camera app and use that to find the best location for lighting.
Limit The Outside Distractions
Make sure you are paying attention during the conference call. Since everyone is not physically together, it is easy to start multitasking. This is disrespectful to the other participants and could result in you missing something important. Use headphones to block outside noises. In addition, when you are not speaking, remember to mute yourself. This will prevent any feedback or other background noises from interrupting your meeting.
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