Here are some handy tips as you prepare for a Google Hangout
- Quiet location. – Cut down as much background noise as possible.
- Turn off and silence all phones. – Just like going to the movies.
- This is a video chat, install a video camera. Not the end of the world - If a webcam isn't available Google will display your profile picture.
- If multiple people are in the same room consider using only one computer. Using multiple computers with multiple microphones will create feedback and distract from the meeting.
- Use a external mic if possible, even a iPhone headset works fine… as both the mic and headphones.
- Good front lighting. – You don’t want a shadow on your face.
- Google Hangouts work on computers, cell phones and tablets with the Hangouts App. The best connection is a Ethernet cable rather than wifi. Otherwise the fastest wifi connection possible. – Better connection, better video quality.
- Small movements on camera. – Don’t make fast, jittery movements.
- You will be on camera so please dress appropriately.
- Think about your background. – A blank white wall behind you is boring.
- Arrive early. – Everyone involved with the Hangout should arrive early so you can make sure everything is setup and working properly and discuss the flow of the Hangout.
Adapted from: http://michaelbrandvold.com/blog/2012/09/12-things-to-do-in-advance-of-a-google-hangout-broadcast/
Last Updated: 11/12/15