Virtual meetings require actual manners: Tips for video conferencing etiquette

Friday, April 30 2010

Web conferencing tools are changing the way companies do business. However, there are certain things that remain the same - like the need for appropriate conduct at meetings, whether in person or on the web. ChannelInsider.com offers some insight on how executives should handle themselves when video conferencing with clients.

To start, the source says businesspeople should avoid whispering to in-room colleagues while a meeting is in session. The distance offered by the web may make it seem acceptable to make quiet asides, but unintelligible whispers could alienate customers and business partners.

Another important rule of video conferencing etiquette is to give the meeting full attention. It's inconsiderate to check email, and the source says virtual meeting participants frequently complain about correspondents getting distracted by the internet.

Finally, there is no excuse for "tele-absence." Executives would not walk away from a person sitting across a conference table, nor should they leave a room during a virtual meeting. There's nothing more unpleasant for meeting participants than realizing they've been talking to an empty room, says the source.

The tips for polite, productive web conferences may come in handy for a number of businesspeople in the coming months. According to a report for Vator News, experts believe the video conferencing market will undergo exponential growth in the next five years. ADNFCR-3295-ID-19754783-ADNFCR