THE BEST 6 VIDEO CONFERENCING TIPS & TRICKS WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

Find below the best video conferencing tips and tricks when working from home, webcam etiquette and do’s and don’ts. Safely participate in online video calls.

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THE BEST 6 VIDEO CONFERENCING TIPS AND TRICKS WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

The current crisis continues to affect all businesses in a variety of ways. For many marketing teams, working from home is a new reality.

In response, many free video conferencing software and tools have been tested in recent weeks and some of these video conferencing providers are offering their advanced features free of charge.

For example, in 2020, Google rolled out free access to their advanced Google Hangouts Meet videoconferencing capabilities to all G Suite customers globally.

THE BEST 6 VIDEO CONFERENCING TIPS & TRICKS WHEN WORKING FROM HOME

6. MAKE IT FUN

Children climb on you, the dog barks, outside car noise or next house construction noise. It is ok to have some embarrassing moments and make plenty of mistakes while you learn how to do video conferencing like a pro.

Below are my tips for successful videoconferencing from home.

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5. BE AWARE OF WHAT’S AROUND YOU

When I want to talk through a complex issue or brainstorm ideas, video calls are more efficient than chat or email.

They also help me get to know my colleagues in different countries.

But when you’re on a call, give some thought to what’s around you, such as the backdrop.

Choose a plain wall if possible and avoid windows behind you that will provide too much backlight.

And if you’re using a laptop, put it somewhere steady.

The idea of your laptop in your lap does not work as people watching you will not enjoy the “wobbling” movement of your screen.

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4. TEST WITH FRIENDS BEFORE GOING LIVE FOR WORK

Videoconferencing doesn’t always have to be for very important issues or does not have to be scheduled; if you’re in the middle of a too-long email conversation, you can instantly set up a meeting and invite people within or outside of your business to join.

For example, Google Hangouts Meet automatically creates international dial-in codes so people can call on the phone from anywhere, and you can invite people via a Google Calendar event, by email, or by phone.

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3. USE CAPTIONS WHEN IT IS NOT EASY TO LISTEN

If you’re in a loud place and don’t have super-fancy headphones, you can use Google Meet’s live caption feature to display captions in real-time (just like closed captions on TV).

“Share only one window rather than your entire screen. You can avoid people seeing other parts of your screen” 

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2. EXPLORE DIFFERENT SCREEN LAYOUTS

Yes, you can combine for example a slideshow presentation with a lively discussion happening in your video call, you can switch your layout to focus on the people in the office, rather than a slide presentation.

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1. SHOW WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR HOME

It is ok to show a little bit of what’s going on in your home. For a few seconds, your video conferencing participants may enjoy watching your kids or your pet or seeing you preparing your lunch. Showing a few of your home life can create real connections and empathy with your colleagues.

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CONCLUSION

Using video conferencing effectively is crucial in today’s digital world, where remote work, virtual meetings, and online collaboration have become increasingly prevalent. By leveraging some of the above video conferencing tips effectively, you can reap the benefits of improved remote communication, online collaboration, and efficiency in your daily work operations. 

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