Whether or not you are working from home, I think it is safe to say we are all using video conferencing more now than ever before. With that in mind, here are few quick tips to look and sound your best on your next video conference.
It’s all about the lighting—Just like a professional photo shoot, lighting and angle make a difference on a video conference. If possible, avoid fluorescent lights and overhead lights. These lighting sources can cause unwanted shadows. Place your primary source of light behind your camera for the best lighting to make sure the light is hitting your face and not your back. If possible, try facing a source of natural light, like a window. Lastly, here is a pro tip: placing a piece of white paper on a desk in front of you can reflect existing light onto your face, helping to fill in some of the shadows. For angle, try placing your camera at eye level. You might have to place something under your device or camera to get the best angle.
Choose a Neutral Background—We have all heard the phrase "Less is more." The same applies for your background in a video conference. The focus, after all, should be on you and not your family photos hanging in the background.
Dress the Part—First off, please don’t end up like the set of lawyers recently making headlines in Broward County, Florida. One attorney appeared before the court shirtless, and another attorney appeared still in bed and under the covers. When it comes to clothes, avoid patterns, stripes, or plaids. Solid, bold colors work best.
Consider Using Earbuds—When it comes to audio, consider using earbuds with a microphone, if possible. This will capture your voice with much better quality than the microphone built into your phone or computer.