7 tips to look great during video conference calls

Everything is going virtual right now – from game nights and happy hours to work meetings and interviews. Here are tips to look your best professionally when using a video conference program.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2020, 3:38 PM

Updated 1,499 days ago

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Everything is going virtual right now – from game nights and happy hours to work meetings and interviews. So how can you look your best professionally when using Zoom or any other video conference program? Here are some tips.
1. Touch up your appearance.
Within Zoom, next to the camera icon, there is an arrow where you can adjust video settings to touch up your face and skin. Also, try and use the HD setting if possible.
2. Pay attention to lighting.
While some use ring lights, sitting in front a window gives you good light.
3. Back up.
Most things are in wide-angle lenses, sit further back from the camera so you can frame yourself up better.
4. Put your camera at eye level.
Make sure your camera allows you to make eye contact with the viewer. This could mean propping up your webcam or laptop.
5. Check your sound.
Consider getting a microphone or a lapel mic.

6. Keep your background simple.
Clear out any clutter behind you. Check for any inappropriate photos or paintings in the background. When possible and appropriate, use virtual backgrounds.

7. Turn off video/mute your microphone during breaks!
When you’re not speaking, turn off your microphone. This prevents others on the call hearing you typing, your kids chatting or your dog barking. If you’re getting up to use the bathroom, get a drink or let the dog out, turn off your video camera, as well as your microphone.
These tips came from Larry Becker, author of Great on Camera and @Busbee Style. Check out more from them on YouTube.

Larry Becker on YouTube
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