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Have you ever been on a bad Skype video call? I don’t mean an unwanted call with your mother-in-law or the uncle from Kansas that no one ever wants to be left alone with. I’m talking about Skype video calls where one or all of the participants use poor video call etiquette. The connection gets broken up, the message is lost, and everyone walks away frustrated. How can you avoid that?
Lighting is one of the most basic aspects of any type of video production. Good lighting makes the subjects appear clearly and naturally in the video footage, while bad lighting makes the experience feel low-budget and awkward. Jumping on a video call with someone only to see a black figure surrounded by a bright glowing outline is the worst! Not only is this awkward for the people on the call, but it can start a sales meeting or job interview off on the wrong foot.
Here are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure your lighting is great (or at least good):
Sound quality is even more critical to the success of your video calls than lighting. While you can make calls without video, it’s almost impossible to make them without audio.
There are a few things you can do before and during the call to cut back on noise. Take these steps to ensure your audio is coming out clearly to your recipient:
Patience is a virtue. If you want to have successful Skype video calls you must learn patience. Oftentimes video calls take place between participants that are located far from each other. People video chat when they can’t meet in person. Even though we think of the internet as being instantaneous, data actually has to travel from point A to point B. This can cause a slight delay in the conversation, especially if one of the participants has a slow internet connection. Entrepreneur Online highlighted several more no-no’s in their funny video call etiquette video.
Take these steps to have smooth conversations:
Skype video calls are a great way to grow and maintain personal relationships over long distances. Don’t let poor video call etiquette ruin your experience (and possibly the relationship). Are there any major faux pas that I’ve left off of this list?