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How to Have a Video Conference

With just a few simple clicks, you can have a video conference with people from all over the world.


  • TIP: Lower the window showing your image so you don't get distracted watching yourself during the conference.
  • Step 1: Hold your video conference. Minimize paper shuffling and try not to bump the microphone. Look into the camera and speak clearly to ensure your video conference is successful.
  • FACT: In 1964, AT&T demonstrated the first Picturephone system, which allowed the public to place calls between Disneyland and the New York World's Fair.
  • Step 2: Select the contacts you want to be in the video conference, and create a new group. Drag your contacts into the group and click the program's Call feature to start your call. You can also add contacts to a current video conference.
  • Step 3: Prepare for the video conference by making sure you are well-lit and framed within the camera shot. Turn off any equipment that causes distracting noises, such as air conditioners or heating units.
  • Step 4: Ensure that everyone who is going to be a part of the video conference has a computer with a webcam, speakers, and a microphone so they can participate.
  • Step 5: Install the video conference technology to your computer. Technologies range from lower-end, user-friendly programs available online, to high-end products that have higher quality video and audio. All members of your video conference should have the same program.
  • Step 6: Contact your participants and schedule the exact time the video conference is to take place.
  • Step 7: Make sure that you have a broadband internet connection. H.323 or IP video conference technologies can use your existing internet connection. ISDN uses digital phone lines for larger bandwidths.

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