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How to Follow Video Conference Etiquette

If you've been invited to participate in a video conference, follow certain etiquette to avoid offending your colleagues.


  • Step 1: Be prepared Be prepared by reading all materials in advance, showing up on time, and following all of the instructions of the facilitator.
  • Step 2: Dress appropriately Dress appropriately for a camera by avoiding bright colors, busy prints, and large, shiny pieces of jewelry.
  • Step 3: [Turn off cell phones Turn off your cell phone and other electronic devices. Focus on the meeting only.
  • Step 4: Speak clearly Speak clearly and be aware of where the microphone is so you can talk into it. Don't talk over others -- wait your turn.
  • TIP: Be aware that there may be a slight transmission delay, so be patient when asking a question.
  • Step 5: Avoid making noise If you have to discuss something privately, mute your microphone. Avoid making excessive background noise like rustling papers.
  • Step 6: Be yourself Just because you're on camera doesn't mean you have to do something special. Be yourself.
  • FACT: Video conferencing is being used to help the hearing-impaired communicate over long distances.

You Will Need

  • Preparation
  • Appropriate clothes

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