Video conference failure and how to avoid them

Check out this video of a Zoom video conference failure. In this case, the word failure is an understatement. But there are some things you can do to avoid such failures.

It is week two of working-from-home for many of us. By now most of us have been on some kind of a video conference call. Most of them go relatively smoothly but there are bound to be some failures. Having been on a few of these, here are some tips on how to go avoid video conference failures:

  • If you’re the only person talking for a longer amount of time, others should be muted.
  • Mute yourself if you don’t plan on talking.
  • Be alone, in a quiet room.
  • Make sure the room is somewhat neat.
  • Make sure you’re not in your PJs – at least put on a shirt.
  • Brush your hair!
  • Brushing your teeth is optional (eww, gross, brush your teeth).
  • Wash your hands!
  • Be ready for your meeting – have all your supplies and necessary items with you, don’t go around looking for something during the call.
  • Know how to use the system/software that your video call is running on.
  • If you are missing critical information, just say that you’ll follow it up with an email.
  • If you have kids at home, make sure to they know not to walk-in on your call. Give them tasks, school work, and tell them that when they’re done with those they can watch some specific programs.
  • Since one of your kids WILL walk-in on your call, probably the little one, have plan b ready for him or her – his/her favorite something, I don’t know.
  • Dogs. I love dogs and if your dog is good boy or a good girl (they’re all good) and can quietly chill during your call, I’d consider having the canine around. At this point your dog may just be the only thing holding your company together.
  • And please, don’t walk around with your phone in your hand while on a video conference call. Especially not to the bathroom!


You’ll avoid video conference failures with those simple common sense rules. Good luck out there!


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