Watch any live news programme for more than ten minutes, and you’re likely to see someone contributing comments or opinions via a webcam.
With COVID restrictions still making studio interviews difficult to organise, professional video conferencing has filled the void.
For better or worse, we’ve all become familiar with virtual meetings, conducted using professional video conferencing tools like Skype, Webex and GoToMeeting.
However, there have also been some high-profile fails – the live TV interview gatecrashed by a baby, or the lawyer conducting a Zoom meeting with a kitten superimposed over their face.
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And while you can’t legislate for broadband outages or sudden hardware failures, there are plenty of ways to deliver professional video conferencing – either as a host or a guest.
We consider some of these tips below.
Don’t expect perfection
Even if you implement all the above advice, it’s important to remember we don’t live in a perfect world.
Our homes were never intended to be offices, and we’ve all been on video calls where one or more delegates has been interrupted, or endured background noise from kids/pets/doorbells.
If your next video call ends in distraction or embarrassment, you’re not the first – and you won’t be the last…