It wasn’t long ago that all of our conference calls were audio. Then we started hearing that video was creeping its way into our lives. And today it’s very normal for our conference calls to have a video component to it. While it is indeed an advance in technology the use of video now requires attendees to be a little more on their toes. Planning conference calls takes a little more time now because you just can’t hop from the bed to your home office and begin your call. With the people now having the ability to see you on the other end, being unshaven or having bed head may become a distraction.
Planning Conference Calls with Video
I have to admit that I do use video for a fair amount of my meetings. I find it particularly helpful to look at someone when I’m speaking or when they are speaking to me. I find that it helps me focus on the subject that we’re talking about. It’s not that I’m thrilled that people on the other end of the conference or meeting can see me, it’s just that I like the fact that it helps me focus more. In other words I believe it increases productivity especially in the home office setting.
In the video below Sprint has put together a video that shows seven tips on what to avoid when planning conference calls. It’s a humorous presentation about how you should conduct yourself on video. Believe it or not you’d be surprised at how many people get caught with their pants down (no pun intended). The take away from this is to be very aware of your conduct during video conference calls.