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33 When You Are on a Panel or Part of a Group

When a panel participates in a videoconference, the camera is normally positioned so all members of the panel can be seen simultaneously. This position is not only visually uninteresting, it lets everyone at remote sites view every reaction members of the entire panel have to whoever is speaking.

There is a reason why no more than two people are seen sitting at television news desks. Our peripheral vision blurs activity that takes place on the sides of the picture. When television news shows need to show more than two people on camera simultaneously, they seat them around a table or angle them in chairs, rather than arranging them in a straight line facing the camera.

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