Video Collaboration Innovations – Polycom NoiseBlock
Most people in a small video call meeting don't mute their microphone. It's just much more convenient to be free to speak without having to remember to unmute and mute each time you want to contribute. Furthermore if all participants are muted this removes the little sounds we all make when we agree or disagree with what's being said but don't actually want to speak at that moment. These small verbal cues are often as important as the visual ones.
On the other hand, when a meeting of several people is left unmuted, productivity can easily be degraded by the various day-to-day background noises in each of our lives; typing, doors closing, traffic, birds and crisps (more of that later!). We've all been on a conference call where the main topic of discussion is where that irritating noise is coming from, bringing the previously productive meeting to a complete standstill.