The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has prompted more and more people to work from home. In many cases, companies have turned to virtual meetings and the help of video call platforms to keep their teams connected.

There are a few simple ways to get the most out of these meetings. Check out our tips below:

Test out your audio and video

If you’re new to working from home and video calls, it’s important to test out everything before you join a call. Most video platforms allow you to test your audio and video beforehand so you can make sure you’re ready to go. Plus, you can take a quick look at what you look like on camera before joining everyone else.

Consider the background

When you join a video call, you’ll greet everyone on the call with a big smile — and with everything else behind you. Be mindful of any areas where your roommates or family members could be walking around. Also, try not to sit with a window directly behind you. The light in the background will make it difficult to see you on camera.

Have an agenda

Send around a list of talking points before the call so everyone can come to the virtual meeting ready to participate and ask questions. Setting an agenda before the meeting means you don’t spend the first 10 minutes explaining what you’re going to talk about.

Use the chat feature

Many video call platforms offer a chat feature so people can send over links or type out any other important info during the meeting. This is a great opportunity to send resources (think completed projects or cool inspiration) that might be helpful during or after the meeting.

Think outside the box

Video calls are great for work meetings. They’re also great for connecting with others in a time of social distancing. During this stressful time when more and more people are taking their work home, consider using video calls to catch up with colleagues, share stories, work out together, and more. 

Be versatile

Now more than ever, it’s important to be versatile. When you’re working from home, it’s inevitable that people will have connection issues, interrupt each other, and experience delays. Stay flexible and your meetings will still be just as effective.

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Your health and well-being is our top priority. For the latest information regarding protective measures, please see WHO’s COVID-19 advice for the public. If you have concerns about your personal health, consult your doctor to determine the appropriate action.