Video calls are nothing new, and have been around for a while. However, during the pandemic and as an ongoing thing, they have become much more prevalent in our lives. You might have been used to them for some work calls, but now families are getting together through video calls, and events and drinks with friends happening remotely, all through the power of video. 
If you are someone who is introverted, you might like the idea of being at home on the calls, but the thought of something going wrong or just being sat at a screen with one other person could fill you with dread. The good news is there are things out there to help, such as interactive video call screens, found here, as well as things you can do before a call to make sure that things run as smoothly as possible. If you want to improve how well your video calls go, and make sure that you feel more confident, then here are some tips to help.

  • The lighting in the room can feel a little awkward sometimes, which is why it is a good idea to close any blinds or curtains if they will be right behind you. If you don’t you are likely to just appear as a dark silhouette on the screen. If you have a light source, it should be behind the computer facing you, rather than facing the computer screen.
  • Give yourself time to get prepared. Setting up and making sure that you’re logged on and ready, about ten minutes before the meeting can eliminate any of the last minute stress of joining and not knowing if your computer audio is working. It gives off a good impression to a client or colleague if you’re there and ready too.
  • There are some occasions when technology does fail us. Although rare, it can happen. It is wise to be prepared for a backup for if and when that happens and you can’t get on a call or you have a power cut and can’t connect to the internet. Make sure you have a contact phone number for the host, as you could always call them and then listen and join in the conversation on speakerphone.
  • It can feel a little awkward on a video call if you’re nervous to be there and are not sure when you should speak or join in a conversation. It is important to wait your turn to speak, but if you are in doubt, start talking by saying an introductory word such as ‘OK,’ or ‘right.’ It alerts others to you and that you want to say something, but equally, makes it easy to stop talking if you start to speak at the same time as someone else. 

Above all, be prepared and confident in what you are saying. Have notes ready for meetings and it can help you to feel confident with what you want to say or do. If you’re at home with others, then remember that people are only human and likely have children and/ or pets too so some interruptions can be normal.