10 Tips for Looking Great on Video Conference Calls
Maximise Your Online Presence on your next Zoom, Teams, Meet or WebEx Meeting
Is there any thing more scary than being told you need to sit in on another video meeting? In today's digital age, video conference calls have become a common way for people to communicate with colleagues, clients, and friends from anywhere in the world, but that doesn't mean that they aren't without their challenges.
To help you feel your best on video calls, we have put together 10 tips for looking great on video conference calls so that you never have to worry again.
1: Dress for Success
We've all done the wearing pyjama bottoms and a work shirt trick, but this isn't necessarily the best way forward. The way you dress can have a big impact on how you feel and how others perceive you. Dressing professionally for a video conference call can help you to feel more confident and prepared. While you may be working from home, it's important to treat a video call as you would an in-person meeting. Avoid wearing anything too casual or only dressing smart from the waist up. Instead, opt for business casual attire that is comfortable, yet professional.
2: Check Your Background
Before joining a video call, take a moment to check your background. Make sure that there are no distractions or clutter in the background that may be distracting to others. Consider using a virtual background or a blurred background if your environment is not ideal. A clean and organised background will help you to appear more professional and focused.
3: Set up Proper Lighting
Lighting is crucial for looking great on video calls. After all, no one wants to look like they've just been dug up when they're on an important business call. If you are sitting in front of a window, make sure that the natural light is not casting a shadow on your face. Position yourself facing the light source, and avoid sitting with your back to a window or a bright light. If the lighting in your room is too dim, consider adding additional lighting sources, such as a lamp or a ring light, to brighten up your face.
4: Frame Yourself Properly
The way you frame yourself on camera can also have a big impact on how you appear on video calls. A good tip is to ensure that your camera is at eye level and that you are centred in the frame. Avoid positioning the camera too low or too high, as this can create unflattering angles.
5: Pay Attention to Your Posture
While it sounds like something your parents would say, posture is important. Sit up straight, with your shoulders back and your chin level. You should try to avoid slouching or leaning too far forward, as this can create unflattering angles and make you appear less confident. Good posture will help you to look more professional and attentive on video calls too, which is an added bonus!
6: Check Your Audio
Audio quality is just as important as video quality on video calls. We've all had those video meetings where someone tries to say something and all you hear is crackly interference. Make sure that your microphone is working properly, and that you are speaking clearly and loudly enough for others to hear you. A good tip is to test your audio before joining the call, and consider using headphones or a separate microphone if your audio quality is not up to par.
7: Use Non-Verbal Communication
Non-verbal communication can help to convey your message and make you appear more engaged on video calls. Use gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to connect with others and emphasise your points. Avoid crossing your arms or looking away from the camera, as this can make you appear closed off or disinterested. Remember, you're always on camera even when you aren't on screen!
8: Minimise Distractions
Distractions can be a major problem on video calls. A cat jumping into frame and being cute is all well and good, but in an important business meeting it can come across as unprofessional. Make sure that you are in a quiet and distraction-free environment, and let others in your household know that you are on a call. Turn off notifications on your computer or phone to avoid interruptions, and close any unnecessary tabs or applications to minimise distractions.
9: Test your setup before the call
While some technical issues are unavoidable, they can be hugely annoying, especially if you get disconnected from the meeting. To help avoid all issues, check your internet connection, microphone, and camera to make sure they are working properly. You can also conduct a quick test call with a friend or colleague before the meeting to check so that you can make adjustments if necessary. Doing this beforehand will save you from scrambling to fix any issues during the actual call.
10: Don't worry!
Video calls can be very intimidating, but you have to remember that most people are in the same boat and are probably just as uncertain of how to look good on camera as you are. Remember to breathe, relax and look confident - it's just a call after all.
You're video meeting ready
With video calls becoming a bigger part of everyday business, it makes sense to be prepared. By following these tips you can look your best, portray a professional demeanour and help avoid any technical issues.
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