5 Design Tips for the Best Video Conferencing Backdrops

Do you work from home and use video conferencing for work? Have you stopped and thought about what’s behind you in your home office? There’s a huge difference between Skyping with friends or family, and hopping on a conference call with colleagues or potential customers. Your home office is a representation of you as a professional and should be as least distracting as possible. Especially if you want them to focus on what you’re saying vs. that pile of clothes in the background.

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Tips to Design Your Home Office for the Best Video Conferencing Environment

1. Choose an area where you get the best natural light.

If you can help it, make sure you’re placed in the best direct sunlight. If you don’t have access to open windows or much natural light, then make sure you’re utilizing a high-quality task lighting.

2. Look behind you.

Your desk may be decorated really well, but what is it that your audience on the other side of that screen is looking at? Make sure there isn’t any weird art hanging on the walls behind you. The simpler the decor the better. Big, simple artwork makes for a great backdrop in video.

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3. Tidy up.

Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people we’ve seen with a messy home office on a video conference call. The worst thing you could do is have a heap of dirty laundry peering out from the corner of your screen or stacks of papers laying around in the background. Act as if you were actually having those people in your office, and make sure your mess is put away.

4. Add greenery.

Having plants inside your office not only brightens up the space, but also adds the feeling of being outdoors. This is a great list of indoor plants that are low-maintenance and don’t require much attention.

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5. Get comfortable.

When you’re committed to spending 8 hours a day working from home, you want to make sure you’re comfortable when you take a video call. If you’re uncomfortable, it will show on screen and you want your audience to be paying attention to you – not you fidgeting around. A big, comfy chair is another great way to add style, while not be too distracting in the background.

Do you have any other design ideas for decorating your home office?

By Divya Ooi, Divya.Ooi@SummitBizTech.com

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Top 5 Reasons to Use Video Conferencing

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Video conferencing is still up and coming and not quite everyone is using it. But why not? With the introduction of cloud subscription services the cost of video conferencing has gone down dramatically, making it a cost-effective solution for all businesses. There are a ton of great benefits that not everyone is fully aware of.

5. Cost Savings

Think about how much your company spends on travel costs each year. How many employees do you have that work on the go, traveling, making sales, connecting with your customers? Now imagine how much you could save if you could just have them connect via video.

4. Collaboration

You can still get that face-to-face interaction with your coworkers with video conferencing in meetings. It brings those facial expressions to life and makes it easier to collaborate with a team of people.

3. Time Savings

Instead of postponing meeting after meeting due to peoples’ schedules, travel delays, conference room mix ups, you could just have the meeting with a few quick clicks.

2. Convenience

Along with travel convenience, video conferencing lets you conference in other people just like a phone call. Need to get that other key team member on the line? No problem.

1. Productivity

A study published by the National Communication Association found, “Employees who telecommute the majority of the work week are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.” Less time spent on the road means more time spent doing work. When you have happy employees, you have productive employees.

Have you had success with video conferencing? What other benefits do you get from using it? Leave a comment below!

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By Divya Ooi, Divya.Ooi@SummitBizTech.com