There are sets of 'untalk rules' that we need to follow in online meetings


When the pandemic is still rolling deep, we think that we need to set the rules for those who have the privilege to work at home. Well, not every person likes working at home, in fact, we have more disturbances and difficulties to focus on when your workplace doesn’t support it. But here we go, welcome to social distancing! 

As professionalism is needed to execute, there are new sets of untold rules' that we need to follow when we talk about online meetings. This will help you to stay productive, connected, and not embarrassed as much as possible while we struggle through this new era of office work.

Use the video option when possible.

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It lets people see you and confirm you’re not some super-sophisticated AI voice. This is particularly important if you’re the one hosting the meeting or a speaker, and slightly less so if you’re an attendee.

Dress properly

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Times are tough for those working from home and wearing sweatpants all day, every day is one of the few silver linings. But if you’re in a position where you can put on something more professional-looking, it’s probably a good idea. We already talked about how to be well-dressed on a work video call here.

Practice speaking to the camera and not the screen

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Our tendency is to look at the person on the screen, but you should look at the camera when you speak, so the audience feels as if you’re talking directly to them.

Make time for casual conversation 

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Before and/or after the meeting; Including a few minutes of friendly interaction before diving into a meeting can really build the necessary rapport for a successful session—and keep the team engaged when the conversation jumps to business talk. 

Be aware of your surroundings 

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Adjust your work setup so that you face a window or are exposed to plenty of lights. And make sure your background is professional and work-appropriate!

Be attentive 

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Don’t stare at your phone while other people are presenting, be attentive and present. Silence your phone, turn off all notifications, and make sure your cell phone is on silent.

Don’t type in the background 

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Leave your keyboard alone, unless you want to ask questions and make comments silently if desired using the “Chat” feature. In this case, make sure your microphone is muted. Raise your hand, don’t interrupt other people when they’re speaking (or attempt to speak over them). If you want to speak, physically raise your hand or use the “raise hand” feature that is available in the participant panel. 

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