Keep the camera on if you won’t be sitting at your desk the entire time
Whether it be during scheduled breaks, or you have to get up to use the restroom – turn off your camera before you get up from your desk. This way no one sees an empty chair at an empty desk – or sees what goes on behind the scenes at home. Many people have had some pretty embarrassing stories about not turning off the camera when they get up, no reason to have your own story too.
Wear relaxed clothing (that everyone can see)
Even though you are at home, don’t wear pajamas when attending a virtual conference. You never know who you will be having a conversation with. Make sure your hair is done and you look the way you would in the office. If you want, feel free to pajamas from the bottom down. If you choose to do this, definitely follow the first “don’t rule”, and make sure no one sees this when you get up!
Schedule meetings or phone calls during the sessions
Even if you aren’t participating in a session, that doesn’t mean you aren’t busy. If someone tries to schedule time with you at the same time as a session, choose to attend the session. Being there live is only going to happen once, and while the recording may be available later, it’s not quite the same.
Work on side projects or play around on your smartphone
It can be really easy to get distracted with other tasks that are so easily accessible from your computer. Close all your windows and browser tabs necessary so that all you have to worry about, is focusing on the content at hand. Place your phone in another room so that you are less likely to get distracted by apps like Facebook and Solitaire.
Ask a question without reading the chatbox first
The beauty of chatboxes is that you can easily go back and look at previous questions and comments. The chatbox is accessible to everyone, so if you ask a question someone has already asked and received an answer to, you could end up polluting the conversation with noise. If you find that a question has not been answered yet, and some time has passed, then feel free to ask it again. Moderators can sometimes get overwhelmed or even respond to people privately by mistake.
You can only experience a live virtual session once. Showing up late means missing out on the potential need-to-know information and can leave you confused the remainder of the time. Show up on time to make sure you catch housekeeping notes, and agenda items, and can stay on track throughout the whole session.