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Here at Blue Jeans Network, we often hear of folks who are just too scared to be on a video conference. Part of that comes from a discomfort of how we think we look on video. There are plenty of things to be scared of (especially during Halloween) but being on a video conference doesn't have to be one of them! By avoiding certain trapdoors, you can always look your best on a video call.

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Video conferencing quality is affected by a number of factors. One of the most important factors is the connection speed of your system. One best practice is to make sure your video system or desktop/laptop conferencing solution is hardwired to your network.

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Jumping onto a video call is super easy, but it can very uneasy when you're on a call with someone who's giving you a full-on zoom up their nose. Camera angles often get overlooked because we don't take the time to give these settings a quick check. But taking a minute to do this can certainly save a lot of embarrassment and improve the overall experience of the call. Each device has its own set of rules but ultimately it's about seeing eye to eye- both literally and in agenda. 

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In order to have the best video call experience, you have to ensure that you're taking the call in an optimum environment and that your are familiar with all your device settings. Most video conferencing systems or solutions likely have a speaker volume setting. When you are about to begin a call, try not to overdrive the volume. Remember that the higher your volume, the more potential for noise to be picked up by your microphone and re-transmitted back to the other end; this causes an unpleasant echo effect.

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When the red light is on like the radio days of yore, everything but the person on the microphone falls silent.

This mode of thinking should also be employed during a video conference call. But even if the indicator light is on, there are times when a microphone can’t pick up what is being said. Sometimes the opposite happens when a microphone is too sensitive and you hear echo and all sorts of background noises. To avoid this, here are a few tips on how to set your microphone straight for your next video conference. 

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Your camera is on, your microphone and speakers are set, your connection is solid - but can they see your face? Proper lighting is the one thing that gets neglected in the preparation for a video conference call.

In the hustle of trying to get on a video call, most folks are happy just connect and have everything work! But to get the most out of the video conferencing experience, we have to properly showcase the one thing that only video can deliver – your lovely face.

 

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I can only think of one instance where an echo is actually a welcome noise; that was back in the third grade during a game of Marco Polo. The truth is, echo is one of the most prevalent issues that users are confronted with while on a video call. It's distracting, annoying, and half of the meeting is spent troubleshooting the problem. If someone can't figure out how to eliminate their echo, you breed a silent resentment for the person who can't seem to understand the gravity of the annoyance they are creating. Next thing you know, all focus is lost and the meeting has taken a turn for the worse. 

At Blue Jeans, we strive to deliver the best audio and video quality on all of our calls. We believe by following a few helpful tips, you can successfully avoid echo in your meetings. However, in the event you experience echo during a meeting, there are steps you can take to locate the source of the problem and resolve it quickly. 

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