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There’s no doubt that video conferencing is growing more popular. Largely, this is being driven by the ability to video chat on-the-go. With cheap and/or free services like Skype and Facetime, people are growing more accustomed to communicating face-to-face, but as they use it more their demand for higher quality also grows, and that’s where cloud video conferencing from RP1Cloud comes in.
However, just like any communication, there are new rules of etiquette to mobile video conferencing. Many could also apply to the set up in the board room (like don’t visibly roll your eyes at a colleague!) but an equal number are exclusive to mobile video.
Here’s a list of mobile video conferencing best practices to ensure you can collaborate from anywhere with the best results:
Sure – you can walk and talk on your mobile device. You can hop on a video conference call while out for a jog if you’re so inclined. But, like most thing, just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should.
It’s important to keep in mind why you’re video conferencing in the first place. The value of face to face communication adds a deeper dimension to an audio-only call. However, this only works if your face is in focus, and your fellow participants can make out what you’re doing and saying.
If you’re taking a video call on mobile, find a place you can sit and do so without moving. This will make the experience more effective and less distracting for your participants, and will lessen the danger of dropping your device mid call.
It might seem charming to do a little work from the local café. Even hopping into a meeting is easy from your mobile video conferencing platform (like RP1Cloud.)
With a decent pair of headphones, you’ll be able to hear the meeting clearly, even with the clinking of cutlery and the hum of chatter that permeates any quaint café. But if you’re using your phones microphone to capture your audio, this can seem like a cacophonous din to other participants.
The simplest solution is simple to find a quiet area to have the meeting. Many libraries have meeting rooms that can be used privately for calls. Or, if you just can’t pass up on your latte, investing in a headset that has a dedicated mic can dramatically cut down on background noise.
This may not seem terribly important, but if you’re concerned about your appearance at all, it may be the single most relevant point on this list. With most office video conferencing set ups, the cameras are at eye level. However, if you’re on mobile, you’re probably accustomed to leaving your phone on the table and maybe tilting it up at yourself.
While this won’t interfere with the quality of the video per se, low-angle shots are rarely flattering. Fancy your coworkers noticing a double chin they previously hadn’t noticed? Or perhaps the patch of beard you missed shaving? Then the low angle shot is for you.
If you’re looking to avoid these observations, it’s best to prop your device on something that allows it to be more level with your eyes. This will give your meeting a more professional feel and offer a more flattering view of your face.
In the day of lightning fast data and 4G (and faster) networks, this is increasingly becoming less of a problem. Still, certain areas have bad service or choppy Wi-Fi and this can greatly impact the quality of your conference.
If you know you’re going to be participating in a mobile video conference, it’s a good idea to check out the venue first to see what the internet is like. Make sure your phone is getting full bars and the data is working fine. Alternatively, make sure the Wi-Fi is up to snuff and you have all the log-in credentials you need before the meeting.
Mobile video conferencing is making it more accessible than ever. As the way we communicate is changing, so are the rules of etiquette. By sticking closely to the basic principles outlined above, you’ll ensure a great collaboration experience for yourself, and all participants in the meeting.
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