When done right, video meetings can integrate seamlessly into daily work life. Unfortunately, some people haven’t quite grasped how to fully make the most of virtual meetings. That’s why we’d like to share four helpful tips to take your virtual meetings to the next level.
First and foremost, prepare yourself. For those working remotely, try not to look like you just rolled out of bed, even if you did. Take those few extra minutes to get ready. Not only will you come off looking more professional, chances are you’ll feel more professional and will have a greater distinction between home and work life.
Set the Stage
You’ve likely never been trained to stage a scene, and that’s okay. Simply take a moment to ensure the space behind you is tidy. To the remote workers out there, no one wants to see your piles of laundry in the background. If you’re short on time, at least apply a blurred virtual background, offered by most meeting software tools. You can even apply a custom virtual background of your choice, but please refrain from cheesy built-in options; that Golden Gate bridge background was so 2020.
Know your Software
Technology should enable effective communication, not get in the way of it. That’s why it’s important to get to know your virtual meeting software. There are plenty of options out there like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc. If you’re new to a certain meeting software, host a test meeting, watch tutorials on YouTube, and do all you can to become comfortable with the software before an actual business meeting. The software might seem elementary on the surface, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll likely find options and tools that will bring greater productivity to your meetings.
Use the right Video Hardware
We’re a little biased here, but when it comes to taking your meetings up a notch with video meeting hardware, that’s our jam.
For non-conference room settings, we recommend the Heckler Camera Shelf. Near-universal compatibility lets you bring your cameras, microphones, and lights together with your monitor to keep you looking and sounding great for your meetings.
If you don’t have a monitor, we recommend the Heckler MacBook Stand, a stylish and strong laptop stand that positions your camera closer to eye level. Say goodbye to that unflattering upward video angle.
For conference rooms, the Heckler AV Credenza provides a perfect surface for your favorite meeting room cameras like Logitech Rally Bar or Google Meet, positioning your cameras to effectively capture your conference room attendees.
If you’re looking for the ultimate tech in virtual collaboration, we recommend Logitech Scribe, along with Heckler’s Logitech Scribe Mount. This makes it easy to share content on physical whiteboards into video meetings, fostering live collaboration virtually.
So whether you’re working from home or the office, apply these tips and enjoy improved efficiency and professionalism in your future virtual meetings.
For more information on Heckler meeting hardware, contact our Sales team or a local Heckler dealer near you.