Communicating with voice and live video

Overview

Phil Green, Onlignment Ltd Last Published  24 March 2014

The moment you open your mouth you give away something about yourself. This is even more the case when the speaker is heard but not seen. People make assumptions about your mood, levels of stress, general health, place of birth, race, ethnic and genetic build, your education and upbringing, your gender and in some cases even your sexual orientation.

Most live online communication comes through voice. You can apply radio techniques very successfully. If you are using a free-standing microphone, don't get too close and make sure you talk at a normal volume. Use more than one presenter and mix voices as much as possible. Aim for the best audio quality you can achieve.

Live video can be valuable in short bursts and when you are welcoming people for the first time. Some systems let you show live feeds from selected participants' webcams. Ask them to look directly into the camera to establish eye contact. Take care with your appearance; you need to look professional on camera.

Tool aims
This tool will help you to:
  • use your voice effectively
  • use more than one voice
  • use live video.