There’s little sign that the remote working trend will slow down any time soon – meaning the video chats that quickly became an intrinsic part of our work days look set to stick around for some time yet.
This also means that many businesses are looking to improve their video calling abilities, to not only ensure their employers can keep in touch, but also to send the right messages to external customers and stakeholders.
If you want to improve your video calling, there’s a ready-made group from which to take inspiration: streamers and vloggers. Surprising a cross-over as this may be, there’s plenty of inspiration the average business can take from those who have been streaming from before it was so popular.
Here are four quick lessons vloggers can offer your business to ace your future Zoom or Teams meeting.
1. Cut the chaff
We’ve all been in meetings that could have been an email – so think carefully about how best to manage your time and that of your colleagues. Vloggers often pare back long videos so only the quality content remains, meaning that any fluff or filler is cut. Adopt this approach for your future meetings to avoid ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and keep productivity high.
2. Use headphones
Whilst tech developers have spent a great deal of time and effort trying to prevent the dreaded echo on video calls, there’s a simple way that all participants can play their part – by simply wearing headphones. The trouble is that often the user won’t hear echo at their end, even if everyone else on the call can, so trust in the tech and get headphones for each video call.
3. Keep it smooth
Is there anything more mortifying than struggling to find what you want to do whilst screen sharing? Everyone on the call is not just waiting for you, but can see all that you’re doing in real time. If you plan to screen share, make sure the content you need is primed and ready to go. You might also want to close all other tabs just to keep things uncluttered. Also, a trial run with another participant before the main meeting starts will give you the chance to identify and eliminate any issues before the pressure is really on.
4. Equipment isn’t all about tech
When buying remote working equipment, it’s easy to focus exclusively on the likes of webcams, headsets, microphones and so on. However, the typical office equipment shouldn’t be overlooked. There’s a reason why certain desks and chairs crop up on streams quite frequently – they provide comfort for those who spend long hours in front of their webcam.