We’ve all been there: Blurry image, un-muted microphones while another person is speaking, audio tracks set too low, and all sorts of technical problems are annoying and play havoc with our perception. But all of these can be avoided. In general, well-prepared video conferences are not tedious – thanks to good sound quality, good lighting, participants observing netiquette, or a central “un-mute” option.
In virtual meetings, we are greatly restricted in our perception. In an actual meeting, you get the vibes by just glancing at people. Gestures, facial expressions and postures provide a distinct feedback. How does a person sit on their chair? Do they give a slight nod, a minute raising of their eyebrows? In a video conference, we have to do without this level of information. To make up for this lack, our “antennae” are constantly on the lookout for these signals. In addition, we are distracted by our own non-virtual environment. All of this is fatiguing and requires a high degree of concentration which becomes the harder to maintain the longer the meeting continues.
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Do not sit too close to the camera: Show your body language to improve mutual understanding.
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No doubt about it: simultaneous interpretation into the respective native languages. Reading of subtitles while you are following a conference is extremely hard and distracts the audience from the speaker. Surveys showed that listeners grasp only about 30% of the information when relying on subtitles.
The simple user navigation is great and makes scheduling and implementing events easier.
I was surprised by how fast and easy it is to create an event using the platform. We had a meeting interpreted into five languages, and we were impressed with how smoothly everything worked. We will definitely be booking additional events here!"