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Virtual Video Meeting Tip: SOUND!

Updated: Feb 26


Can We Hear Each Other?

Recently, you’ve probably attended more virtual video meetings than ever imagined.

The quality and value received have likely ranged from Fabulous to Forget-About-It!

One of the biggest factors for successful meetings like these is SOUND!

SOUND, as it pertains to virtual video events means:

  1. You can listen and understand what each person is saying.

  2. They can clearly hear and comprehend your contributions.

The best planned events with potentially superb value can quickly become almost worthless if the sound quality of attendees is lacking. It’s hard to feel connected to someone you can’t hear well.

I’ve attended events where I’ve strained to understand what people were saying.

“People will watch bad video, but won’t listen to poor audio.”Great HD video will not make up for poor sound.

Quality sound begins with a good microphone.

The built-in one on a computer, in many cases, delivers poor sound. Add that to the fact the room used for the meeting was not designed as a sound studio, and it might sound like the speaker is in a tunnel. The further the speaker is from the device, the worse the quality. Getting closer to the microphone on a computer or phone is usually not going to give a flattering picture of the person’s face.

Purchasing a good microphone is an excellent investment if you’ll be attending many virtual events.



  1. A variety are available.

  2. Lavaliere mic.

  3. This is the kind used by broadcasters and can be attached to a lapel or collar.

  4. USB microphone.

  5. These can set on a desk or be attached to a computer.

  6. Some webcams have a built-in microphone that work well for video meetings.

Additional items and measures for good sound include:

  1. Being close to a microphone will produce better quality. This is one reason a lavaliere mic, worn close to your mouth, can be effective.

  2. A Headset will lessen feedback and echos.

  3. Some have an attached microphone.

  4. If you have a VPN, turn it off.

  5. Good internet speed is essential for productive video and audio in these meetings.

  6. Turn off phones, iPads, computers and other devices using the same Wifi to get the best speed and least interruptions.

  7. Mute your audio when not speaking.

  8. If you are the host, mute attendees audio except when wanting them to speak.

  9. Turn off loud fans and HVAC systems.

  10. Eliminate external noise and interruptions.

  11. Turn off computer alarms and reminders.

  12. Close windows and doors to keep noise, people, and pets out.

Finally, TEST EVERYTHING before joining or hosting a virtual video meeting.

Follow these suggestions for improving the quality of SOUND at the next virtual video event you attend and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————

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