New research released in the UK today by Damovo UK reveals that more than one-third (39%) of office workers (1,000 office and remote workers in the UK were surveyed) are hesitant to use videoconferencing for work because they are too worried about their appearance. Ten percent of those surveyed said they are scared to use videoconferencing because it feels like public speaking.
The research also reveals that of those who are comfortable on camera, 19% say their working location is a concern, and they feel their surroundings may not be suitable for video.
Though some people may be hesitant to use videoconferencing, that doesn’t mean the industry isn’t set to experience a boom. Businesses are starting to recognize the increased productivity, cost savings and higher employee morale that can come with face-to-face connectivity through videoconferencing. For those whose heart rate tends to rise when “videoconferencing” is mentioned, here are a few tips to prepare for your time with the camera:
- Test your equipment prior to the conference. Getting comfortable with the technology should help calm your nerves. Once on the conference, test your sound by having everyone introduce themselves. If you are unsure others can hear, simply ask how well they can hear you.
- Depending on your videoconferencing equipment, you may not have perfectly smooth video. Understand the limitations of your equipment as well as that of other conference participants, and be prepared for minor hiccups. Avoiding large gestures and fast movements will help the video output to be smooth.
- Dress appropriately. Consider light or pastel colors. Bright or dark colors can distort the color of your face on camera.
- Be sure your desk, office and the area around you is clutter free
What do you think? Are there other tips and tricks you have learned to help make videoconferencing as easy as possible? Leave a comment and share your tips!