Our tips and ideas for video meetings
Most of us never really gave any thought to how we come across on camera. But then it was March 2020. Since the pandemic began, we meet more frequently through video conferencing than in person – and it’s a real challenge to convince business associates or sell products and ideas through this medium. Today we’re going to give you a few tips on presenting yourself successfully on a video call, and reveal what you need to know in terms of video etiquette.
If you sit too close to the camera you’ll appear slightly intimidating; too far away gives an impression of disinterest. (The microphone is also set up to work optimally when you’re a certain distance from the screen. If it’s too close to your mouth, the other meeting participants will hear every breath you take.) The picture should be framed to show your head and shoulders, along the lines of a classic portrait or close-up image setting. Attractive background and lighting are a good idea as well.
It’s essential for the microphone to have good sound quality, because if the audio is clean and clear it comes across as more competent and immediate to the other participants. If you regularly have to give presentations in video conferences, it’s definitely worth having an external microphone.
Look straight at the camera.
The same applies here: if you regularly take part in video conferences, it’s worth getting an external video camera – and you should position it level with your eyes. Looking straight into the camera lens sends a signal that you’re communicating at eye level.
Maintain eye contact.
This is one of the greatest challenges in video conferencing. Look into the camera lens as often as you can to establish eye contact with the other meeting participants, even if it feels odd at first. Stick a Post-It by the lens to help you look in the right place.
Adopt a proper posture.
Sit upright and make sure there’s a slight gap between your arms and upper body. This will ensure that you come across as engaged and interested.
Abruptly freezing or fading out your smile because you’re concentrating on finding the “Leave meeting” button doesn’t leave a great final impression.
An office chair on which you can sit dynamically helps you appear involved in the video meeting and come across well. If you’re sitting correctly, feel comfortable with your set-up and make sure you have an attractive background, you’ll score points for likeability.