Do you tend to have a lot of important work and business conversations over video calls? Maybe you even use them for business meetings?
In today’s business environment video calls are frequently used to communicate across long distances quickly and conveniently. However as you may have noticed the quality of the calls can vary.
If you’d like to improve the quality of your business video calls to communicate more effectively and so that they look more professional, there are a few tips that may be helpful:
- Update your software
The technology that powers video call is constantly advancing, and so updating your software is important. Regardless of whether you’re using Skype or some other software, you should try to make sure you’re running the latest version.
The only exception to this rule is if you’re using web-based video calling platforms such as Google Hangouts that don’t need to be updated.
- Connect to your router with an Ethernet cable
As strong as your Wi-Fi signal may be, it is not as consistent as a wired connection to your router using an Ethernet cable. Periodic interference may affect the quality of your connection on Wi-Fi, and that is much less likely to happen using a wired connection.
- Make sure your internet isn’t overloaded
Always remember that your internet bandwidth is being shared by all other devices on your network, and if is overloaded it will definitely affect the quality of your video calls. On your part you can make sure that you aren’t using the internet for anything unnecessary during a call – but that doesn’t account for any other users on the network.
One of the better options is to set up your Quality of Service (QoS) settings on your router to prioritize video calls.
- Use headphones while on calls
It is always best to use headphones or earphones when you’re video calling as it will reduce the risk of your microphone picking up the audio from your speaker and re-transmitting it. That can cause an echo, which is something that you want to avoid.
Keep in mind that if you’re causing the problem it won’t be you that hears the echo but the person on the other side of the call. That doesn’t project a very professional image, which is why you should avoid the risk of it being a problem in the first place.
Improving the quality of your business calls is especially important if you intend to record Google Hangouts or the platform that you’re using to place them. At the end of the day it will help to ensure the videos look and sound clear, making them easier to refer to in the future.
It should be noted that other factors can affect the quality of your calls as well, most notably the camera and microphone quality. In other words if you still find the quality of your calls leaves a lot to be desired you may want to look into other improvements that you can make.