Working remotely has become the everyday norm for employees around the world. Video conferencing platforms such as BlueJeans Meetings have played an important role in helping dispersed team members continue to brainstorm, create, and meet while they haven’t been able to be together in the same office. While we are all rushing off from meeting to meeting and have a set pre-existing routine, there are many instances where a minor oversight can turn into a catastrophic embarrassment. We’ve all heard about floating heads, filter mishaps, and epic toddler interruptions that seem to make these meetings a little more than we bargained for. Reexamining your video-set up and making a small investment in preparedness for your next virtual meeting can have a huge impact. Here are some general suggestions:
Pick neutral backgrounds: Choose a clutter-free and neutral background for corporate settings. This is especially helpful if you’ll be presenting content on a regular basis to a large and varied group of participants. We recommend that you review the participant list before making the decision to give your next presentation from a sunny beach—while it’s possible you can take a meeting from anywhere, it’s important to pre-emptively “read the room” before you leave a lasting impression that you didn’t intend. A neutral background, like a pastel-colored wall, or a bookcase eliminates distractions and keeps the focus on you.
Check your lighting: While most participants focus on their appearance prior to a video call, lighting quality is often overlooked. A poorly lit background can render the point of a video call useless, if other participants are not able to see you clearly. In most situations, some fairly simple measures can eliminate dark silhouettes, shadows or bright backgrounds. Make sure that the primary light source is above or in front of you, so you don’t appear washed out.
Use a virtual background: When all other analog solutions fail, you can always rely on a little digital creativity. Decorate, elevate, and spruce up your home office by using a virtual background. This feature can help address many different issues simultaneously. A neutral virtual background allows for a more focused environment, while a themed background can be a great way to lighten up the mood and enjoy the experience of teammates getting together. Poor execution on a great idea is still disastrous. While there are several ways to ensure a good background, how and when this background is implemented, is just as important. Below are some tips for ensuring that you’ve set your background appropriate to your meeting.
Before you join the meeting