The pandemic hit but, thanks to today’s technology, that doesn’t have to slow down growing our businesses. Programs like Zoom and GoToMeeting have taken over and everyone is more open to trying new tech than ever before. That means that meetings don’t need to stop, they can just be done right from the comfort of our homes. However, with all this new technology comes learning technology etiquette the right way. We’ve all seen our fair share of embarrassing Zoom moments at this point.
Let’s talk about virtual meeting etiquette and how to avoid those embarrassing moments. There are new things to consider – like how to stay professional on video while in your own private residence for one. Take a closer look at a few key business tips for video conferencing etiquette.
Virtual Meeting Etiquette that Every Pro Should Know
While it’s fun to see a slice of each other’s home and get to know each other in a different environment, business video conferencing from home can sometimes lean towards the informal if you’re not careful. Consider these five ways to replicate a professional tone of preparation and presentation so that the focus is on what you’re saying, and not what’s happening around you.
Test your technology early
Every virtual meeting is different, even when you’ve done quite a few of them. Be sure to log in early so that you can work through potential internet connection, wrong meeting address, and meeting password required issues. This is also the time to check that your webcam, speaker, and screen-sharing tools are working properly before the meeting actually begins.
Address the background view
Take a look at what’s behind you in the area around your computer. There’s no need for a major overhaul but check for a work-friendly view over your shoulders. Even better? A neutral wall or simple area that is relatively free from visual distractions.
Create Good Lighting
Adequate lighting is essential to a professional image in virtual meetings. Make sure that you are lit from the front, with equal light on your whole face. You might need to experiment with different lamp arrangements, but the results will be worth the effort once you find what angles work best for your workspace.
Check your angle
Speaking of angles… there’s nothing worse than trying to find a hidden person in a video call. If you’ve ever been lost in the corner because you forgot to check the camera angle, take a moment to set it up before you start the call. Make sure you’re centered in the frame and raise the camera to eye level for the best view on your face. This more closely replicates an in-person encounter.
Dress for Work
Even if you’re on a video conference or meeting from your kitchen table, you can still be professional by wearing something work-appropriate on camera. Dress as though you’re going to the meeting in person. Remember, you’re representing your brand or business so make sure you look prepared at the least. Plus, dressing for the day helps you get into ‘work mode’ and actually increases productivity.
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