We have all had to adapt to working in different ways whether that be having different hours, having a different role or working from home. It doesn’t look like we’ll be having large meetings and international ventures for work any time soon. These video conferencing and meeting apps have been a crucial role for keeping some of the population employed. Even if you are looking for work you will probably be asked to interview over a video conferencing app.
However, it seems that the use of all this technology can be quite intimidating. There are lots of different ways that you can help reduce anxiety. Here are 5 ways that you can try according to Dr Paul Mclaren:
Talk through the technology before you log on- Ask someone who is more familiar with video conferencing to help you get everything set up and do a test run to guarantee that your video and sound are working.
Use earphones- If you are feeling self-conscious about speaking on the call or people hearing the conversation you could use earphones to make it feel a little bit more private. Switching from a laptop’s built-in microphone to a headphone microphone can help with the quality of your call. If you are unable to use earphones just make sure that you are a good distance away from the microphone. If you are feeling particularly conscious of how you sound, record yourself first and play it back.
Focus on the head and shoulders- If you feel overwhelmed and don’t want someone to fully see you make sure that you just have your camera set up on your head and shoulders.
Practise makes perfect- If you are interviewing for a new job and are being asked to conduct the interview over video conferencing make sure that you practise and prepare. Test your camera and microphone and be somewhere private. Think about what you are going to wear and how it looks on camera.
Do you need to have your camera on?- You could switch to a phone call instead, but you have to be open to a ‘no’ response.
Hopefully these tips can help reduce your anxiety with video calling. If you have any other suggestions, you can always leave a comment below and help out your fellow Tribers.