Video Conferencing Tips for Congregations and Cohorts

First 3 minutes = a case for using video conference as a communication tool for church leadership. Last 19 minutes = practical tips for video conferencing (In no particular order) 1. Pick a spot with good internet/data access and purchase…

Video Conferencing Tips for Congregations and Cohorts

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First 3 minutes = a case for using video conference as a communication tool for church leadership.

Last 19 minutes = practical tips for video conferencing

(In no particular order)

1. Pick a spot with good internet/data access and purchase some headphones with microphone capability.

2. Use the Mute button – little sounds are magnified in headphones in surprising ways and can be hurtful to participant’s ears. Video mute can save you some embarrassment and also help other stay focused on each other.

3. Pick a non-distracting background and be aware that people are seeing “your business”….”your stuff”.

4. Purchase a “selfie light” (search for hands free video conferencing on amazon). Good light, and good eye contact, helps to personalize a perceived impersonal form of communication.

5. Be mindful of other people in the space around you. Your family, co-workers, and fellow patrons have no idea you are projecting them out into the universe.

6. Use video mute and audio mute if you can’t fully focus on the people in front of you. Use video/audio mute if someone interrupts or a distraction surfaces. Never walk around a room, parking lot, or building without first muting audio and video! We can’t focus on each other while we watch you walking around.

7. Be respectful. Avoid multi-tasking. The text can wait, now isn’t the time to clean out your desk drawer, or count the change in your car’s ash tray. Treat other participants the same way you would treat them if you were in a physical room together.

8. Be a good example to new users. People will be more receptive to this tool in church life if we provide them a good model for how it can be used.

9. Ask for help if you need it. Give participants blessing to private message you during the meeting if you are inadvertently creating a distraction. Offer constructive help to others that are inadvertently distracting (through private chat). Don’t be offended if the administrator mutes you as they likely are hearing or seeing a distraction that you are missing.

10. Setup your computer/phone a few minutes before the meeting begins.

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