If you weren’t already part of the 64% of Americans who were videoconferencing weekly even before the Coronavirus outbreak, chances are fairly high you’ve now slid into that statistic.
However, for many of us, our videoconferencing prowess stops at personal FaceTime calls or the occasional Skype video meeting. This epidemic has ushered in a deluge of new habits for millions of people as videoconferencing has emerged as the new normal of not just telecommunication – but communication in general, for a while at least.
While the use of video conferencing in the workplace was already gaining momentum, with 80% of executives agreeing that videoconferencing was “fast becoming the norm for internal teams (as opposed to audio conferencing)”, it goes without saying that social distancing has served as a catalyst for an exponential take off. Look no further than the surge in demand on videoconferencing software – or the number of blogs out there helping with videoconferencing tips (#selfaware #selfisolated).
Whether it be professional, social, or creative, videoconferencing has gone from a nice-to-have to an integral part of functioning as a human. And since it’s likely here to stay even more so now, there’s no better time to familiarize yourself with videoconferencing etiquette and best practices.
Keep in mind, these tips don’t just help you “look” good, but equip you with the tools to help ensure your ideas and words are heard more effectively. Connection is key and it’s no less important when pitching an idea to a superior, disclosing some personal information to a friend, or giving it a shot at this #influencer thing. We all have something to gain by sprucing up our video frame. Besides, you probably have the extra free time now.