With working remote and video conferencing on the rise, it’s important to mind your virtual manners.
Tele-meeting rules are a little different than the rules you abide by when you’re meeting face-to-face, so Majority Hunter laid out some key tips to help guide the way.
Do your part to eliminate background noise. When video chatting with several people at once, things can get messy. It’s important to do what you can to eliminate any kind of distracting background noise by muting your microphone when you’re not speaking. By hitting the mute button, you’re giving the current speaker the center stage and they won’t get interrupted by a dog barking or somebody eating their lunch.
Triple-check your camera angle and room lighting. If you want people to actually pay attention to what you’re saying, do your best to properly adjust your camera angle and set up your computer in a well lit room with little commotion going on in the background. Nothing is more distracting than an unflattering camera angle, a busy background, or talking to somebody who is hidden in the dark.
Dress up for the occasion. We all know that one of the perks of working from home is being able to do the job in your comfy clothes. However, you should make sure that you’re dressed for a tele-meeting like you would be for a face-to-face meeting. You never know if your Campaign Manager might pop in for an update and you don’t want to be caught in your soup-stained pajama shirt that you’ve been wearing for the past three days.
Avoid technical difficulties. Before the meeting starts, make sure that your laptop is charged, your internet connection is strong, and that your microphone and camera are working properly. Have your colleague give you a quick call before the meeting starts so you both can make sure that everything is running smoothly. That way, you won’t interrupt or stall the meeting with any technical issues that could’ve been prevented.
Give your undivided attention. Tele-meetings are just as important as face-to-face meetings. Just because your staffers won’t be able to see you texting with your phone out of the camera frame doesn’t mean that you’re not being disrespectful or missing important information. You will lose your credibility if you can’t be trusted to pay attention and hold yourself accountable while working from home. Make sure that you’re always 100% engaged and present.
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