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  • Writer's pictureAnna Conrad

Avoid These 9 Common Video Call Mistakes

During video calls, even the most seasoned professionals can slip up. Here are some common faux pas to avoid for a flawless virtual presence:

  • Failing to Frame the Shot Properly: Your camera angle can make or break the visual impact. Ensure your face is centered and the camera is at eye level.

  • Inadequate Preparation: Jumping into a video call without preparing can lead to rambling, off-topic discussions, or missing important points. This lack of preparation can waste participants' time and reduce the call's effectiveness.

  • Poor Lighting: Inadequate lighting can obscure your face. Position yourself so that light sources are in front of you, not behind.

  • Neglecting the Mute Button: Background noise can be distracting. Use mute when not speaking, and remember to unmute when it's your turn.

  • Wardrobe Malfunctions: Dress as you would for an in-person meeting. Avoid casual, controversial, or inappropriate attire.

  • Technical Difficulties: Test your equipment beforehand to prevent glitches that can disrupt the flow of conversation.

  • Multitasking: It's noticeable and disrespectful. Give the call your full attention to show you value the time and the discussion.

  • Overlooking the Background: A cluttered or unprofessional background can detract from your message. Opt for a neutral, tidy space. If you are in your bedroom, use a virtual background. (You wouldn’t normally invite your coworkers into your bedroom, would you?)

  • Not Looking at the Camera: Eye contact is vital in communication. Looking at the camera when speaking simulates direct eye contact.

Remember, video calls are a reflection of your professionalism. Avoiding these mistakes will ensure you convey the right message and maintain a polished image.


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