Vidiquette Series: Witness Protection

by Gabby Giles on December 22, 2017 · 0 comments

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In this episode, Polly Calm explains the importance of remembering that you are on camera. Activities that were acceptable or undetectable while using audio conferencing are now noticeably distracting over video conferencing calls. This includes multitasking, filing your nails, checking your phone, or eating. Another thing to remember is to avoid unnecessary movements. Once the call has started, do not fiddle and adjust your camera lens or video settings during the call. Polly’s last tip is to make sure you are looking directly at the camera. This can be challenging, but it is important to keep your plane of view more constant.

Polycom offers a self-view that allows you to check what your far end will see. This is helpful because it will allow you to look your best during a call. It is also a great tool because it makes users aware of what the far end is seeing in the background. You do not want the people you are video conferencing with to see an extremely messy room behind you, or have dark lighting make you look like you are in the witness protection program. Polycom also offers technology such as auto frame and zoom that allows you to continue to look your best throughout the duration of the call.

Tune in next week to learn about handling background noise while video conferencing.

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