Virtual meeting etiquette every professional should know and practice

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Online meetings are becoming more popular. It’s important to know how to attend them in the best way. This will help the meeting stay organized and productive. Here are some tips for attending a virtual meeting:

  1. Be Professional

    • Be on time
    • Make sure your clothes are neat and tidy.
    • Keep your background simple.
    • Get ready with your device.
  2. Check your computer

    • Make sure your computer is running properly.
    • Check your battery. Make sure it has enough power to last. It’s best to plug it in to charge it if you can.
    • To make your internet faster, close any other programs that are using the same connection as you.
    Tips for using a webcam graphic

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  3. Pay attention

    Say “hello” to everyone. After that, introduce yourself.

    • Look at the camera lens instead of looking at yourself on the screen.
    • When you are on a call, don’t check your email or type answers to them.
  4. Wait to talk

    • When other people are talking, don’t interrupt them. Wait until they are finished before you start speaking.
    • Turn off your microphone when you’re not talking.
    • If someone has a lot of noise in the background, it can make it difficult for everyone to hear during the meeting.
    • Wear a headset to reduce the amount of sound.
  5. Stay on topic

    If you want to talk about something that is not on the list of topics, it’s best to ask for a different meeting.

    • You can also send an email.
    • Be considerate of other people’s time.
    • Let other people express their ideas.

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