For better or worse, virtual meetings are here to stay, even with millions of people returning to in-person work. Here are six etiquette rules you need to observe when dealing with this new component of work life.
Observe the Same Basic Rules As for In-Person Meetings
Meeting virtually changes a lot of things, but one fact remains: the other people deserve the same courtesy as if you were meeting in person. Be on time, dress appropriately, come prepared, and speak clearly, just as you would for a regular meeting.
As an author once noted, you learn some of life’s most important things while in kindergarten. One of those rules is simple: don’t interrupt. Virtual meetings can be confusing if everyone talks at the same time. Wait until it’s your turn to speak, or use the “raise hand” feature on your virtual meeting app to indicate you have something to say.
Mute Your Microphone When Not Speaking
Limit distracting background noises by muting your microphone when you’re not speaking. Your coworkers will be grateful not to have to hear your cat meowing or your neighbor blowing leaves around their yard!
Avoid “Noisy” Clothes or Jewelry
As you can see, unwanted noises are a common culprit when it comes to breaches to virtual meeting etiquette. Steer clear of jewelry that clatters or clothes that make rustling noises when you move.
Make Eye Contact
As when talking in person, making eye contact is a welcome sign of sincerity and honesty. But how to do it in a virtual meeting? Easy: make sure to look at the camera (not at the screen) while you talk.
Have Good Lighting
In any meeting, you want to put forward as professional an image as possible. In a virtual meeting, this means being mindful of the lightning. A dark environment makes it difficult for the other people to see you and makes you appear gloomy at best and unprepared at worst.
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