Zoom has exploded in popularity since the coronavirus pandemic sent a large portion of the population home to work. The popular video conferencing platform has been especially popular among businesses who can quite easily host face to face meetings virtually. But this isn’t a promotion for Zoom, there are plenty of other video conferencing platforms out there and, whatever your preference, we believe the following tips will up your video conferencing game.

Here are 5 tips for creating a better Zoom experience:

1) Purchase a ring light

Something like this one on Amazon. There’s nothing worse than trying to chat with someone you can’t see. The problem is, very few people think lighting is a big deal, when in reality it can go a long way in adding professionalism and quality to your video conferencing calls.

The ring lights like the ones used for Youtube makeup tutorial videos actually make a perfect Zoom conference call light because they fit right on your desk, they plug into your laptop, and the ring shape is flattering on your face, filling in all shadows. And, bonus, if you plan on using your phone for the Zoom call, the light has a phone tripod built right in!

2) Avoid Zoom Background for Professional Calls (We know it’s tempting)

For business calls, do not use a Zoom background. They might be a fun thing to experiment with on a call with your friends, but Zoom backgrounds are really not ideal for a professional call.

3) Find a non-distracting, yet flattering background

Find a background that speaks to your personal brand. Are you a teacher, pastor, or CEO of the company? Perhaps have your bookshelf in the background. Are you a musician? Have your home recording studio behind you. You don’t want a background that is distracting or busy, but you also want to avoid a blank wall. Find a good balance between tasteful, but not distracting.

4) Check your internet speed and connection ahead of time

You can use a tool like speedtest.net to ensure your internet speed is capable of handling video conferencing. You will want at least 2.5mb download and 2.5mb upload speed in order to handle HD video conferencing through Zoom. That’s not a lot, most home internet speeds can easily accommodate this.

If you are video conferencing from home, you may want to check with the family to make sure no one is streaming Netflix when it is time for your important call!

We’d recommend not relying on a public internet for Zoom as the bandwidth can be really hit or miss in places like coffee shops. It’s all dependent on how others are using the internet.

5) Purchase a Noise Cancelling Mic

Something like this from Best Buy. While most newer laptops have great mics that will work well for video conferencing, you can upgrade your meeting even more by purchasing a microphone that will cancel background noise. Many of us have been working from home, perhaps with kids running around or a dog barking. This will help with that.

There you have it! 5 tips to level up your video conferencing experience! Thanks for reading.