2020 served as the stage that introduced video conferences as a fundamental component of our lives—whether we wished for it or not. As we take baby steps back towards normal, video conferences aren’t being left behind. With so many people still electing to work from home and simply the sheer convenience of not having to wrangle all vested parties into a single space, reminding people they’re on mute at least twice a week is something you should probably expect to do for good.
If you’re like us, beyond just reminding participants about audio missteps, you’ve probably noticed that some don’t necessarily glance at the smaller screen of themselves to see if they’re on camera. Or maybe you can’t stop noticing how you appear on that little snapshot yourself.
We compiled this quick blog to share some tips to ensure that you (and possibly some less self-aware team members) are presenting yourself on this new medium of modern business as best as possible. After all, you never know who you will be on an unexpected call with and it’s good to be prepared; treat the person on the other end the way you want to be treated.
Here are some quick tips you can use to present your best self on any video conference call:
Lighting: Make sure you are in a well-lit area where the light source is in front of you. This way your face isn’t lost in an eerie shadow.
Camera position: You should be the star of the show in your camera view. Most people don’t have a video conference with you so they can see your office. They want to see YOU! Move your camera so that you can see yourself from the shoulders up. It’s unnecessary to cut off your neck simply to see the ceiling.
Keep your distance: Being too close to the camera can make your head look a lot larger than it actually is. Sit up straight and leave a comfortable distance between you and your computer screen. Don’t interfere with “the bubble”.
Background: Sit in a room with non-distracting decoration (or just plain messes). Bonus points for those of you who have a backdrop or are taking advantage of Google Meet’s custom backgrounds.
Prep: Don’t have a mirror in your office to see how you look? Google’s got your back. Before clicking ‘Join now’ for a Meet, use that opportunity to do a quick, last-minute check.
And don’t forget to smile!
Originally published on July 27, 2021