Sound quality in virtual meetings can be all over the place because some people use good headsets, some people use the microphone on their computers, and some people use speaker phones (No!).

The thing is, people sound fine to themselves on these calls: even the worst offenders have no idea how bad they sound.

Assessing voice quality

Here’s the tip: Hold a few test meetings *which you record* (be sure to remind people to keep it clean and IP-free!). Invite all the people who normally give presentations in meetings. Each person talks for just a few minutes: maybe ask them to give a 2- or 3-slide presentation on anything non-confidential, or ask them to read a few paragraphs of something. The point is to get them to talk for at least 10 full seconds.

Afterward, send the recording to everyone who was in the meeting. The purpose of this is so people can hear what they sound like in comparison to everyone else. Usually the folks who who use poor equipment will decide to upgrade after hearing themselves, and overall this means better virtual meetings.

 

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