Photo: Eric Kunau (Shutterstock) For many of us, Thanksgiving will be pretty different this year. While you might still debate with relatives about your values, you might also be managing those dinner conversations through an awkward, virtual space, complete with “you’re muted” and “how do I turn the camera on?” Fortunately, there are things you can do in advance to help smooth out your video chat-based holiday. Here are some ways to make a virtual Thanksgiving a bit easier. Designate a host

We all have that friend or family member who has the itinerary ready and activities planned. The event-planning site Eventbrite says this person would be a multitasker, is a great listener who knows everyone’s likes and needs, and loves lists. If this person hasn’t already reached out and started making plans, have a conversation with them about hosting your virtual gathering.

Your designated host should know the ins and outs of the video chat platforms to use and have access to a strong internet connection. Zoom suggests hardwiring your internet instead of relying on wifi, if possible: “This will help you avoid any issues with an unstable wifi connection, which can affect your audio quality and the overall attendee experience.” Send tutorials of the video platform in advance

The holidays are for spending quality time with friends and family, so you don’t want to spend the majority of your time troubleshooting the video chat settings. Entrepreneurs at CIC say to send all of the event details ahead of […]