How to look fresh and professional video conferences and web meetings
We all know webcam zombies—people who look normal walking down the street, but who, when you sit in front of a webcam for a video conference, see horrible. This Problem is more common, as more and more people work from home or remotely, and haven’t thought about how you will look on the screen.
the problem could be The lighting. It could be your sloppy clothing choices. It could be the junk piled in the background, you would not only see so fast. In any case, they look like someone you’d rather avoid, as in a web chat.
I didn’t know I was one, until a colleague is a screenshot sent to me, as I looked online (see above). Yeah, it’s pretty frightening. I knew I couldn’t keep that look and also my customers.
sick at home or yourself? Remove the mask while on a video conference.
Here are the steps I took to come back from the undead—and avoid other common presentation faux pas during a video conference. Send these tips to the other unsuspecting zombies, you know. You’ll thank you before they eat your brains.
dress for success
have you Looking your best starts before you boot your computer: It starts with clothes. You take your cues from the people you are meeting with, and dress accordingly, advise the experts.
“your clothes should be similar to [what would you wear to] an in-office session, says Sara Fell Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs, a site that helps people find jobs with flexibility. “Your appearance should always be professional and reflect the organization for which they work. My company is pretty casual, so it’s fine to be casual clothing as long as you look presentable. However, if the people you meet in suits, you should dress the same,”
you can make use of the fact that the camera can’t see below your waist by wearing comfortable panties, and shoes…or opt-out of them. (Yes, even the pants— it can be your secret!)
But tops with stripes or checks that are out of focus and avoiding distractions on the camera. And, above all, a top of the revealing, warns Reuben Yonatan, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of GetVoIP, a voice-over-IP review site. A strapless top can unintentionally give the impression that you are Topless, he warns. The chances are good to not think that is what you want, your boss.
Consider the accessories carefully. “Think of your jewelry, and clothing. If it reflects, jingles, or sparkles, it will be a distraction the person you are talking to,” Yonatan warns.
her hair and make-up should be similar to what you’d wear in the office, though maybe a little more “done”, most experts agree. The camera tends to wash people, so you may need more blush or makeup than you usually wear, says Fell. Yonatan notes that even men may want to add a touch of powder…especially those looking for a bit of a hair-asked question, and may have shiny spots on their heads.
Wearing too much make-up can distract you more than wearing too little, so test your appearance on-screen before it’s lights-camera-action time. Set up your equipment and see what they look like well before your call, and you take all the necessary adjustments.
take Control of your environment
I have several business calls while sitting in bed, on the couch, and even while cleaning my bathroom. But I would never
“I say to the people, to ensure that you look your professional, but personal and utilized. I always give the two extreme examples. The first is the space that is much too personal. I always feel uncomfortable if you are just someone who clearly, in your bedroom, or you can personal items such as dirty clothes or dishes. On the other hand, you have the people who try to keep things so vanilla that they look like they says a hostage recording in front of a white wall,” Dan Roche, Vice President of Marketing for TalkPoint, a Webcasting technology provider.
a middle ground, he suggests: a personal but professional space with a bookcase or simple wall in the background. Keep Windows, Pets, children, or anything else whose visuals or behavior, not taxes you may be able to, from the background.
If your background in all camera-ready, you can use an artificial backdrop with a curtain or sheet. Most experts agree that such a backdrop is not ideal, unless you shoot, a kind of public video and want to use a branded banner or backdrop to market your company. If you are conducting a private video call, you should resort to a staged backdrop only if your environment is truly unprofessional. The people at the other end of the call, and know that you are sitting in front of a curtain or sheet, and you may ask to hide what you try.
Lights, camera, action!
you may wear your best outfit, your hair and makeup may be perfectly done, and your office can look to home spotless—but neither is that no matter if the person on the other end of the video connection, you can not see.
relying on the natural light can be tricky to see in front of the camera, to brighten up because it tends to the background and make the foreground where you sit—darker. The solution is the use of lamps to create a lighting that does not look natural, although it is not so. You should avoid Venetian blinds, which can cause striped shadows across your body or the background, warns Yonatan.
Instead of relying on the power of the sun, heed this piece of advice, offered by Chris LaVigne of video hosting provider Wistia in an online video: “Lights: If you have them, use them.” He suggests the creation of two lights on either side of the computer. The lights should be located approximately above the eye line and about 3 meters from each other.
Fresh from the lamps? LaVigne has a workaround: a computer monitor behind and slightly above the laptop or webcam that you are using for the video. “Turn up the brightness and zoom-in on a Word document, or anything that is white,” he says. “You will be surprised how much it can help.”
The camera should also be slightly increased. LaVigne, position hits him directly about your eyeline, it will show the power of it is down to you, ever so slightly. This will help you a lot more natural in front of the camera, as you would if the camera is under you, up to your chin.
Now, you’re ready for action! When the video comes call, speak naturally and look at the camera, as it would be the person you are addressing. And remember: Audio is muted, but the camera never takes a break. To hear though your fellow videoconferencers may be able to whisper to your colleague or a child in the background, you can see everything what happens. You will be on your best behavior, or all of the work that you have done to the set-up for the call will not matter a bit.
Released on Wed, 20 Mar 2020 18:33:00 +0000