Slow down. You’re talking too fast for your videoconferencing tools to keep up. Meeting quality when you fire up your webcam to talk to your colleagues is getting better by the minute, but the network is not quite up to shoving all those bits around in real time. We all end up looking a little like Max Headroom. What can you do until everyone on your project team can afford high-end telepresence rigs?
There are a few basic tips for making a videoconference go smoothly out there. And taking steps like using a high quality microphone and a very quiet space to videoconference from are good starting points for keeping the quality high.
But during almost a year of doing all my meetings over a webcam I’ve learned an important lesson: I need to slow my speech rate down. Way down.
It’s incredibly hard for a voluble person to do, but essential. In order to cope with network latency you must take what feels like interminable pauses as you speak and listen. If you don’t, you risk coming across as overly aggressive, cutting other meeting attendees off as they begin to speak, often without realizing that you’re doing it.
Good. Thanks for a great meeting!