When I participated in my first videoconference, I did not realize that what I wore could cause audio noise. I wore my favorite shirt — a plaid with red in it. Red and video donâ€™t work well together. If it wasnâ€™t for my dynamic personality this conference might have flopped. Just kidding! I have learned the hard way and thought a few tips on preparing and presenting might help you for the next time you participate in a videoconference:
What to wear:
- Donâ€™t wear plaids, stripes, or lots of patterns. Itâ€™s best to wear solid colors.
- Wear neutral, light, or pastel colors.
- Stay away from bright colors, especially reds that tends to run on the screen or white which causes audio noise.
- Donâ€™t wear long earrings or necklaces that make noise.
- Try to stay still and keep gestures to a minimum (this is difficult for me since I talk with my hands).
- Watch nervous energy such as tapping the table, twisting in your chair, or crinkling any paper.
- Speak slowly and as naturally as possible with a strong, clear voice.
- Keep any lecture to less then ten minutes.
- Mix lectures with interactivity.
- When you are not talking mute incoming audio to keep unnecessary noise down.
- Try not to say anything that you do not want the others to hear.
- Look right into the camera when speaking.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
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