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October 10, 2016 By Alix Hagan

Video Conferencing Lessons Learned From The Presidential Debates

October 10, 2016

By Alix Hagan

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October 10, 2016

Video Conferencing Lessons Learned From The Presidential Debates

By Alix Hagan
Director of Product Marketing,

While your next video conference meeting may not be quite as high stakes as the recent presidential debates, there were still a few things that we picked up from watching the candidates battle it out.

Conducting a videoconference free of blips and blunders sounds simple enough, but there is always room for improvement, and we are here to help! In honor of the presidential debates, we’re bringing you a some dos and don’ts learned from the candidates on how to interact with those on the other end of the video screen. Check it out!

  • Do: Dress for success. Even if your co-workers can’t see you head to toe during a video conference, dressing up can help keep you in a more professional, prepared mindset.picture1
  • Don’t: Fidget or make noises. If you need to sneeze, sniffle or cough, put yourself on mute or back away from the phone. The microphone picks up more noise than you think!

  • Do: As more employees work remotely, meeting attendees might be dialing in from 10 different locations. When not everyone is in the same room, take extra care to listen closely!


  • Don’t: Interrupt. Even if the speaker has paused, wait a few seconds before jumping in in case they aren’t finished yet.


  • Do: Come prepared. Even if it’s a short, informal video conference, having a few notes about what you want to address can help move the call along.

  • Don’t: Veer the conversation off track. Remember you have a limited amount of time to meet – keep it short and sweet, and discuss other topics offline (like dancing).

  • Do: Stay positive. Even if the call isn’t moving in the right direction, make sure to smile. Keep a positive outlook regardless of what’s being discussed.



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