Video and Teleconference Etiquette Guide

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As we adjust to these extraordinary times many of us will be taking our businesses and other activities online. Follow this etiquette guide to ensure productive and successful video and teleconferences.

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  • Be professional
  • Dress appropriately 
  • Be on-time 
  • Mute yourself to prevent background noises
  • Avoid eating on camera
  • Turn video off when doing something distracting
  • Be courteous to others on the call
  • Be mindful of your facial expression and body language
  • Ensure family members are aware of your conference in advance
  • Look at attendees and the speaker
  • Be comfortable – relax and breathe
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  • Wait until the last moment to test your online equipment
  • Forget your social etiquette skills
  • Wear pajamas or undergarments
  • Sit on your bed – if possible
  • Be late
  • Have background noises – it is distracting 
  • Eat on camera 
  • Multitask – it’s distracting 
  • Interrupt others while speaking
  • Stare at the camera
  • Invite family members to join the conference call without permission from the host
  • Be impatient

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  1. Emily Harris


    Well done, Sonia! Especially for those who are new to virtual conferencing/programming and aren’t aware of how they look to others on camera. Following your tips will make a huge positive difference to every participant! Thank you.

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