Screen sharing is a great way to enhance your conference calls. But when you're adding a visual element to your meetings, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure everything stays professional and goes to plan.

Here are our top tips:

1. Inform your Guests that you’ll be screen sharing.

Don't forget to tell your Guests that you'll be using screen share. It's important to inform them of the process so they know exactly how to access it at the time of the meeting and also that they’ll need to be near a computer or mobile device during the call.

2. Test it out first.

For your meeting to go to plan, you need to know how your tools work. Especially for screen sharing tools, every process is different. So if you test it first and learn the ins and outs of the product, you'll be confident in how to use the product when it comes to the time of the call.

3. Turn off your desktop notifications.

When you're sharing your screen with your Guests, it's best to turn your desktop notifications off so you don't see any email or instant message notifications popping up on everyone's screen to read - particularly if it's private!

4. Make sure you’ve got reliable internet.

To avoid any awkward drop outs, having a reliable internet connection will make sure your screen sharing tool works perfectly and runs without a hitch.

5. Pick what screen you’ll be sharing.

If you’ve got multiple screens that you’re connected to, make sure you pick the right screen you want to share, or minimise all other windows to make sure that you only share the content you want your Guests to see.

6. Have your documents ready.

If you want to keep your meeting professional, have all of your documents ready and open to share so you don’t leave your Guests waiting when they join your screen share.

7. Check in with your Guests.

Before you start your presentation and get carried away with your meeting, check in with your Guests and see whether they can see your screen – otherwise they won’t understand what you’re explaining!

8. Make sure you’ve prepared what you’re going to say.

If you’re screen sharing, it’s easy to focus on everything your Guests are going to see, but what people often forget is what they’re going to say in their meeting. Think of it like a meeting you have with your colleagues or customers, no one likes listening to people who read off a screen word by word.

9. Don’t be afraid to use your screen share controls.

If you need to pull a document up at the last minute, your Guests don’t need to look at all of your folders or where you store your files. Don’t be afraid to temporarily stop sharing your screen while you find the files you need. Your Guests will remain in the session and you can easily start sharing again once you’re sorted.

10. Don’t forget to exit.

So your screen share has run without a hitch, but when you're finished make sure you remember to exit your screen share, otherwise the rest of your Guests will continue to be able to see your screen after your meeting has ended!

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