Following research into signs in other environments we created a set of Video meeting signals that work well in video meetings:

  • Basic signals to allow you to respond to simple questions, show appreciation, interest

  • Signals that convey emotion and improve  connection and a feeling of wellbeing

  • Signals to aid meeting management: time keeping, keep speakers on topic, ensuring everyone is involved

  • Signals to aid decision making



Scroll over each Video meeting signal to see the meaning

I feel for you.jpg

I feel for you

Hand still

A build.jpg

I would like to build on that

A clap.jpg




I want to speak

This sign is inspired by lifeguards who will use this sign to attract attention.  Use it boldly so others on the call can see you.

Thumbs up-1.jpg


I’m OK with that

I agree

Thumbs down.jpg


I’m not OK

I disagree

Not sure.jpg

I’m not sure

Hands wobbling

Cant hear.jpg

You are too quiet

Sometimes I have used this sign when in fact the problem is at my end – I have turned my volume down to zero!  So if you are the only one making this sign, check it’s not you!


You are too loud

Don't understand.jpg

I don’t understand

I need clarification

This sign is inspired by

Laurel and Hardy!

thank you please.jpg

Thank you

or please

Hand to chin then away



Hand to above heart and circle

I connect.jpg

I connect with what you have said because I have had a similar experience

Different point of view-1.jpg

I'd like to offer a different point of view

Useful in a discussion about different options. It's OK to offer different perspectives in the spirit of constructive debate

That funny.jpg

That's funny


That's helpful

I like that


That's interesting

Hands up and down in front of chest


That’s great news 

Really exciting 

I’m very happy 

Exuberant waving thumbs up!

speed up.jpg

Speed up, please

Both hands rolling very fast

Off agenda.jpg

You are going off agenda

Make a frame with your hands – in the same way that photographers frame a possible picture using their hands. 


15 seconds left

(or whatever is agreed)


Your time is up

Come to an end quickly

This sign is used by waterskiers when they want to stop 

( I would fall off)


Summarise your point

Come to a conclusion

Make 2 circles with your hand

(top to bottom, bottom to top)

Good luck.jpg

Good luck

Let's hope so

Tell me more.jpg

Tell me more

Go on

Two hands in front of body circling away twice 

Dont generalise.jpg

Please speak about yourself - your thoughts or feelings 

Don’t generalise


Goodbye friend

I connect with you