How to Avoid Common Teleconferencing Audio Problems
It is frustrating spending weeks in preparation of a big teleconference, only to have the effectiveness of the meeting undermined by poor audio quality.It is frustrating spending weeks in preparation of a big teleconference, only to have the effectiveness of the meeting undermined by poor audio quality. In fact, in the list of things that can go wrong in a teleconference, bad sound is numbers one through ten!
Here are some common teleconferencing audio pitfalls and how to fix them quickly.
Do not call in from a cavernous conference room or office with high ceilings. The resulting echo can really distort your voice as it heard by other people on the teleconference.
Chances are you won't hear reverb when you're speaking on a teleconference, but the other participants can. Reverberation is caused when you are teleconferencing in a room with hard floors or ceilings and nothing present to /"soften/" the sound of your voice. Try to hold the call in a carpeted room - or one with acoustics-friendly ceilings. Cloth drapes are another common item that can significantly reduce reverb.
Office Background noise
If you are calling into the teleconference from your office, close all doors and windows that may let in unwanted noise. Also turn off any fans or air conditioning units near the phone - these items may generate a distracting hum that impacts the sound quality of the teleconference.
Home background noise
If you are patching into the teleconference from home, try and find a place in the house free of children, pets, open windows, or other general noisemakers!
Not enough volume
If people on the call are having trouble hearing you, it may be due to low volume setting on your microphone or computer. Double check the input/output volume settings before you start a teleconference.
Above all, test out the sound quality before the event begins. When you have to stop a teleconference to get the audio right, it stalls momentum and holds up everyone involved.