Video conferencing is a very convenient process. You can see the interlocutor, you can show him pictures, diagrams, working materials. But videoconferencing is a rather complicated technical action. Therefore, before joining a video conference, you need to make sure that video conferencing software such as iMind has sufficient resources to run smoothly.
Close programs that use computer resources
The most problematic resource here is the processor, but RAM can also slow down the program and, as a result, cause delay and interference in your connection. As a side effect of reducing the load on your computer:
● your processor won’t work so hard;
● the fan will not overheat.
It will reduce background noise and improve sound quality.
Check and configure the sound settings
In a video conference, excellent video quality is worth nothing without proper audio. Sound quality is actually much more important. So check your microphone and speakers and make a test connection.
Use a headset or headphones to avoid echo
While many apps are great at handling echoes, the sound quality will be better if you’re using a headset or just headphones. If you have in-ear headphones, you can hide the cord by hanging it over the back of your ear and down your back. Using a headset automatically reduces background noise on your computer. It will also allow you to be closer to the microphone, further reducing interference.
Optimize room lighting
Cameras can’t always make the picture brighter or sharper, here you need to correct the direction of the light. Therefore, test your video settings under the same lighting conditions that you would expect from a video conference. Then prepare lighting solutions that will literally allow you to present yourself in the best light.
Adjust the camera angle
Now that you can see yourself, set up your camera so that it shows you from a good angle. Or in other words: from your best side. Ideally, you should set up the camera in such a way that you can look directly at it during a conversation and give your interlocutors the feeling that you are looking directly into their eyes. It can be a powerful way to keep their attention during a conversation.
Prepare your room
Remember that your camera not only shows you, but also shows what is behind you. You can take this into account when choosing a camera position. Or you can just clean up your room, or at least the part of the background that is visible in your video.
Practice speech speed and volume
Speaking during a video conference isn’t necessarily easier than talking to a real audience, and you’re likely to be just as nervous. However, this situation is much easier to practice since you will be in familiar surroundings. So take advantage of it and record yourself to practice speaking speed and volume. A solid voice and enough words per minute can make all the difference in whether your listeners understand what you’re saying.
Delay of thoughts and backlog
Your colleagues may not have prepared as well as you. Or perhaps your own internet connection is being contested despite your preparations. So be aware that there may be delays. Try not to interrupt others while they are talking, and allow them to ask questions without interrupting you.
As you can see, there is nothing supernatural or unusual in these tips. However, it is precisely such small things that can make a conversation via videoconferencing understandable and more productive.