Video conferencing tips and tricks
Many of these video conferencing tips and tricks come from our faculty in Communication Studies. Use them to enhance your online meeting experience, make a professional impression, and conserve bandwidth for others on your network. Hosting and participating in online meetings is an important professional skill that can improve work relationships, decision-making, and productivity.
Tips for a successful video conference
Before the meeting
- Find a stable spot for your laptop or phone, other than your lap, so your camera doesn't jiggle.
- Preferably sit without a window behind you so we can see your face and so the camera can focus well without the shifts between the bright window and you when you move.
- Tell your meeting organizer if there is a reason why you can’t be recorded.
- Feel free to arrive early to check your audio and video before the official meeting starts.
- Comb your hair to look awake and brush your teeth to wake up your smile before the meeting.
- Keep your earbuds with a microphone nearby since they help reduce background noise.
During the meeting
- Mute when you are not speaking.
- Turning your video off and just using audio will conserve bandwidth on your network for others (e.g., roommates, family) to use.
- Using lots of hand gestures in front of the camera will slow down the video.
- Use chat to ask questions.
- Give a thumbs up when asked if you can hear.
- Silence your phone.
- Speak a little more slowly than usual for more clarity.
How to look good on a webcam
This clip refers to recording video using your laptop camera, but the tips also apply to live video streaming.
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