Are you Social Distancing? Working from home? There are many online applications to video conference with people and stay in touch. I have used ZOOM for work conferencing for over a year. Below are some useful tips for video calls.
Video Calls: How to not look like an idiot
Appearance: Make sure you have good lighting, keep the angle at eye-level or slightly higher, and have a professional background. It might be time to take down the “Saturdays are for the boys” poster, anyways.
- Pro tip: You can activate a beauty filter on Zoom
Etiquette: Be mindful of where you’re looking when you’re lost in thought or talking. Mute yourself when you’re in large meetings, but don’t when you’re in small brainstorms. Call in from a quiet place and keep everything you need close by so you don’t need to leave the screen.
- Write talking points and reminders on Post-It notes attached to your screen.
- Quit out of any apps you won’t be using prior to the meeting.
Backgrounds: Try these fun ones for Zoom.