Videoconferencing Etiquette Ask the remote site if they can hear you OK? (if all is fine then you may begin!) When you do get the opportunity to speak, identify yourself if you are not known to the other sites, and speak clearly. Try to indicate when you have finished. Try not to talk over the 'Far End'. You are in a group meeting, so share thoughts with everyone, or save private comments until after the session. Asides are distractions for your local colleagues too. When your site is not the current focus, and if there is not an ongoing discussion, it is a good idea to mute the microphone. Coughs, sneezes or fidgets will otherwise be heard by all, and will cause a distraction at every site. Videoconferencing Etiquette Try to converse naturally with the other end and act as though they are in the same room with you. Speak clearly and concisely. There is no need to SHOUT! Don't rustle papers close to the microphone, don't drum fingers. Turn off mobile phone/pagers! Be aware that the meeting needs to start and finish promptly, and take notice of any instructions given by the chairperson. In larger meetings, once the session has commenced, if you wish to speak, wait for the chair to invite you to do so, wait for a suitable pause, or make a silent visual signal to the chair of the meeting. A good chair will regularly poll participants for their comments.