The world has changed a lot in just a few short months. Many people spent their careers blissfully unaware of all the video conference choices available. While online video conferencing options have been available for years, many people who didn’t work remotely before COVID-19 may not have needed to access them. Everything changed in the spring of 2020, and Zoom became a household term. Now that you’re adjusting to a more remote work life, what are some tips for good video conferencing etiquette?
Always Be On Time
Just because you’re on a video call doesn’t mean you have a license to be late. Being late to any meeting, including a conference call, demonstrates that you don’t respect the other participants’ time. This isn’t the message you want to send. It’s essential to keep everyone’s schedule in mind and be on time.
Don’t Talk Over Other Speakers.
It can be hard on a video conference because lag can mean we don’t know when someone has finished talking. As much as you can, try not to talk over another participant. In small groups, wait patiently and ask for your turn to talk. In larger groups, the moderator of the discussion can keep tabs on the speakers.
Look into the Camera
We can’t maintain the same kind of eye contact on a video call, but there is the next best thing. If you look directly into the camera, it will come across the same as looking people in the eye when you’re speaking to them. Try to avoid looking at yourself too much and using the video call as a chance to fix your appearance. Be mindful of your body language.
Don’t Eat on Camera
Video conferences can feel less formal than an in-office meeting, but you need to treat them the same. That means you shouldn’t do things you wouldn’t do in person. Don’t eat while on camera, and don’t allow other distractions.
Don’t Use Your Computer During the Meeting.
Another big mistake people make when on a conference call is using their computer while on camera. Not only does it take your attention away from the discussion, but it can also be very distracting for others on the call. Remember, if your mic is on, the other callers can hear you typing on your keyboard.