Summary of Smart Videoconferencing

New Habits for Virtual Meetings

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Smart Videoconferencing book summary
Want to shine at video conferences? Are you prepped? Does your technology work? Is your shirt clean? Smile, you’re on.


9 Overall

10 Applicability

8 Innovation

8 Style


This is a concise, direct, very practical handbook for organizing a videoconference and communicating effectively on camera. The tips on organization, preparation and choosing the right medium for your meeting are especially helpful and new. Many tips, especially about grooming, makeup and clothing, are so simple they border on simplistic, but for those who have no experience in media or performing (such as corporate executives), these clues could make the difference between success and failure. Authors Janelle Barlow, Peta Peter and Lewis Barlow back up their pointers with real-life anecdotes which reinforce their ideas quite convincingly and provide the book its only real entertainment value; otherwise it’s relentlessly practical. found this book useful for anyone who is organizing or participating in a videoconference. When you’re on the air, you want to be in the know.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The uses and limitations of videoconferencing
  • How to conduct a videoconference
  • How to present yourself effectively on camera
  • How to avoid common videoconferencing mistakes


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Videoconferencing (VC) is becoming a common medium for business communication. Even companies that have resisted using VC will be forced to, as suppliers and clients demand it. Trends that support the growth of VC include its falling costs and its increasing...
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About the Authors

Janelle Barlow, Ph.D., is president and owner of TMI, US, a partner of the Danish-based TMI national training and consulting group. She sits on the board of the National Speakers Association. Peta Peter was one of Australia’s first female news anchors and is a popular speaker and trainer. Lewis Barlow works in sales and business development for TMI, US.

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