Navigating a video conference call
The coronavirus pandemic has shut down offices around the world and forced people to set up work at home. Most people know the proper etiquette rules for being in a meeting with co-workers, but things change when that meeting is moved to a video conference call. Here’s everything you need to know about being professional and polite during a video call. These little business etiquette rules will help you get ahead.
You’re not prepared for why you’re on the call
Have you ever been in a meeting or on a video conference call and not sure why you’re there? So you simply dialed in and sat there, mostly in silence while another person ran the meeting? “Many people don’t know what the agenda of the call is, so they’re not prepared to contribute,” says Sarah Kaler, co-founder and CEO of Soul Powered, a women’s leadership and education and research company. When you’re unaware of the meeting agenda, you’re not able to fully prepare in advance in a way that will add value and make the meeting productive and efficient, says Kaler. In order to maximize your time and everyone else’s on the call, request information via email from the call initiator to get a sense of the purpose and desired outcome of the call so you’re prepared. Get more tips on today’s business etiquette.