During the meeting, make sure you are paying attention to whoever is speaking. Acknowledge the speaker with a nod or a smile. When you are listening, you are demonstrating respect for the speaker and the audience. Moreover, it shows that you are polished, courteous and genuinely interested in the call.
Remember – one quality all successful business leaders have in common – “being a good listener”. So, always be an active listener during a video call.
- Avoid multi-tasking during the meeting
Apart from general, work-related multitasking, eating, sleeping, reading books, personal grooming, etc is a strict “No” during a virtual meeting. Having a glass of water on your work desk is acceptable. However, the otherwise unnecessary activities seem impolite and unprofessional.
- Stay seated and make notes
Make notes during the meeting. Ensure you have a good notebook and a pen/pencil with you. It is better to take notes in the old-fashioned way. It is a more natural way of putting down important points without getting distracted with things like where is that ‘K’ or ‘F3’ key, or why is the spell checker on the word document not working and so on.
People form an opinion about you based on your body language, your appearance, your demeanor, your mannerisms, etc. Hence, it’s important that you follow some basic online etiquettes while facing the crowd. While the above tips sound simple; they’re worth following – especially if you are inviting important clients or business professional to online meetings and intend to put your best virtual foot forward.