Video Conferencing Virgins Seek Expert Help

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Regus unveils top tips for effective virtual meetings.

There's no doubt that that video conferencing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for businesses looking to minimise travel costs. In response to this increasing demand, we decided to develop a tip-list for video conferencing virgins.

A recent surge in videoconferencing bookings has led to an increase in first-timers seeking tips for the perfect virtual meeting, according to the Regus Group, operator of the world's largest network of public access video conferencing studios.

Video conferencing reduces the average cost of business travel by 75% and is becoming an increasingly popular meeting option both here and abroad.

Ian Wheeler, General Manager, Regus Australia, said that he expects demand for video conferencing to continue to increase in the coming months.

"There's no doubt that that video conferencing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for businesses looking to minimise travel costs. In response to this increasing demand, we decided to develop a tip-list for video conferencing virgins."

Regus' Top Tips

First impressions count
Think about what to wear. Solid, mid-tone colours are most flattering.
Sounds simple, but make sure you know how to connect your computer before you start the conference.

No need to shout about it
Be natural - today's technology easily picks up normal conversational voice levels, so watch your volume!
Use the audio-mute button especially if you need to whisper about the person on the other end or simply move coffee cups or papers around - tabletop microphones are especially good at picking up every sound.

Do a background check
Keep the setting behind participants simple so as not to distract viewers from what's important - the person who is talking.

Don't leave the camera rolling
Remember to turn off the microphone and power when the video conference is finished to avoid any sharing any awkward post-meeting comments.

Even videoconferencing veterans occasionally need help and not just with the technology.
Regus teams are on hand to offer advice before, during and after each videoconference and bring delegates whatever they require, from providing refreshments to putting the final touches on a presentation.

Regus has 12 video conferencing suites in cities across Australia and New Zealand. Regus also supply serviced offices, virtual offices and more. To find out more about video conferencing, or for details on office space, visit http://www.regus.com.au or http://www.regus.co.nz.

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