The world is changing at a faster rate than anyone predicted. The sudden change from office-bound work to people discovering they could work effectively from home has shocked many. This realisation also means that as we integrate back into mainstream life – not all of us may return to the office. Working from home or the local coffee shop may become the norm – zoom meetings will become our lifeline. If this is going to be the case, we need to make sure the audio quality in our calls is 100% to avoid miscommunication, frustration and exhaustion.
Tips for being heard
- Use headphones
- Avoid echoes
- Find silence
- Adequate bandwidth
Using headphones can transmit the voice more clearly without pick up other noises in the room.
There is nothing worse than participating in a zoom meeting, and every single time you speak your voice echoes back to you. It is so distracting you may miss critical comments from other participants in the discussion.
You may have more than one microphone operating. If you are using headphones, make sure you have the microphone on your laptop turned off.
It may seem like common sense – but find yourself an acoustically comfortable space without the hum of the washing machine or dishwasher in the background. It will improve the quality of your zoom meeting.
This option is an all-time favourite – if you don’t need to participate in the meeting actively, block the noise from your end by muting your microphone – that way, noises from you won’t disrupt the meeting. If you are feeling distracted by another participant, ask them to do the same.
This one is a little technical – if you do not have access to high-speed internet, you may find running background apps saps the bandwidth reducing the quality of your zoom meeting. Shut down all background applications and the zoom should improve.
Other options to help improve a zoom meeting include:
Calando Booth is the less permanent solution for improving a zoom meeting. Designed specifically for people using telephone calls and videoconferencing platforms, Calando Booths will enhance audio quality, to ensure your voice is easily heard and understood.
Acoustic Panels typically consist of compressed mineral wool or foam wrapped in fabric. They absorb sound waves to limit reverberation, clarify speech and reduce general noise. Acoustic panels are more permanent solutions – however, are aesthetically pleasing and pin friendly.
Door Seals and Sweeps are other permanent options. They fit the door where gaps are apparent and will block noise from entering your dedicated working space. While they will prevent noise from entering the room, if the room itself is not acoustically sound – they will not improve the internal acoustics.