The vast majority of us are working from home and even though we are all slowly but surely moving back into the office, some are still not quite there. This quarantine has changed that way we work and will more than likely impact our future as well.
Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and more... have become the way we connect among our offices. Aside from the normal technical difficulties that people experience, we have all seen the videos of the on screen faux paus. This week we are talking about looking good on camera during your virtual calls!
Wear a business casual outfit. Something you would wear to the office on a casual Friday
Make sure your hair/facial hair is presentable and professional
Avoid eating/drinking on camera
This can be a distraction to others
It brings unnecessary noise to the video call
Well working devices
Most devices come with HD cameras
Ensure yours is working properly prior to the call
Proper camera angle and lighting
If the device is set up below eye level, prop your device up so the camera is then at eye level
Do not sit with your back to a window, the picture will become back lit and the receiver will not be able to see your face
Avoid having too much light on your face as it can then wash out your picture and then the receiver will not be able to see your face
Find a naturally lit window and set up facing it. This will bring an equally well lit light to our picture
If you need artificial lighting, a light ring would do just the trick!
Cutting out background noise
Get as close as you can to the device you are using
Use an external microphone, some headphones have microphones built in
If you choose to use a background, use an appropriate background
Something that matches your brand. This could be a logo or just brand colors
These are incredibly helpful pieces of advice as our society is shifting and adapting to a new normal in this COVID-19 era. We hope you find these tips useful and are able to put them to work in your next video call!
Thank you to Jay Stearns at Accent Productions for talking with us and providing us with his professional advice. If you want more tips or are looking for help on your insurance, click the link below. We'd be happy to help!