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27 No Food, No Gum

Every individual has different beliefs about eating, and you set yourself up to offend someone if you eat while on camera. Even more offensive is trying to talk while you are eating. The best rule to follow is not to do any chewing while participating in a videoconference.

That can be particularly challenging if the videoconference goes on for quite a while. When that happens, take a break if you need to eat.

In some virtual meetings, one site has sandwiches brought in and the other site has nothing to eat. In person, this would be terribly rude. It is not much better on video.

What about beverages? Peter Grace, chairman of the Grace Corporation, once gave us some good advice. We met him at a Bangkok cocktail reception ...

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