Consider using face-to-face meeting practices as a model for web meetings. For example,
- You wouldn’t walk into a company conference room with your hands covering your face, so turn on your webcam!
- You wouldn’t sit down at a company conference room table wearing sweatpants, so dress reasonably for web meetings!
- You wouldn’t leave last week’s donuts, coffee cups, papers, and white board scribbles in a meeting room when preparing the room for a customer visit, so clean up your home office!
- You wouldn’t have people sit in a dark conference room for a conversation where they couldn’t see one another’s facial features, so organize your home office lighting to (nicely) illuminate your face!
- You wouldn’t whisper or garble your comments and questions in a face-to-face meeting, so make sure your microphone is clear and audible, without VOIP “chop”!
- You wouldn’t force people to sit in a conference room for 2 (or more) hours without a break, so take breaks as desired during web meetings!
- We wouldn’t eat, “multi-task”, text or online shop in a face-to-face meeting… Oh, OK, perhaps we would – but we probably shouldn’t…!
Any others to suggest?