People often think that if they have an excellent camera and a reliable internet connection, nothing could go wrong. They’re not technically wrong, but there are many other things that you could do to make sure that you’re having the best meeting possible.
- Focus, focus, focus
It’s hard to sit in an 120 minute class or a 60 minute meeting without feeling hazy. Try putting the video in full screen and speaker view so you’re able to focus a little bit better.
- Keep distractions away
If you have a pet, kids, or family members, it can get loud at times. Try to make sure you’re in a quiet space or notify your cohabitants that you’ll be in a video call.
- Make use of virtual backgrounds, if appropriate
Depending on the nature of the meeting and audience, feel free to use professional or quirky backgrounds. Check Out: Drexel’s Zoom backgrounds.
- Type quietly
Try to keep typing to a minimum. Even if your keyboard is one of those ultra-quiet ones, chances are that participants can hear the pitter patter of keys.
- Double-check before sending a chat
Avoid aftermath cringe by double-checking if that message was actually intended for your colleague or for everyone to see.
- Avoid multi-tasking
Refrain from replying to emails, texting, or working on a presentation during a meeting or a class, you’ll be able to focus much more. (Remember #1)?
- Silence and put away personal devices
Not only will it distract you from a meeting or a class, other participants can see that you’re getting distracted!
- Close all social media before screen sharing
Before you invite others into the kingdom of your computer, it would be wise to eliminate any possible embarrassing moments during a screen sharing session.
- Mute yourself when you’re not talking
Some of the best practices include muting yourself when you’re not talking. Not only will you prevent audio-clogging, but you won’t distract others from the noise.
- Have good lighting
If you’re sitting in the wrong spot, no one can see you. Try and pick a spot where the lighting is on your face or above you.
- Try to make eye contact
Don’t look at your screen when you’re talking, try to look at your webcam (No matter how awkward it is)!
- Say goodbye
Be sure to say goodbye when you leave a video call. That may seem unimportant, but good etiquette is never a bad idea.