We already know the advantages and the possible platforms, and now comes the moment of truth: how do I show my best profile in a video conference?
We can think that it is as simple as clicking the accept in virtual conference call button and start, but there are a series of recommendations to take into account when turning on our camera:
1. Maintain Correct Posture:
You are not on the phone. The operation of a video virtual conference is not like that of an audio call. Even if you don’t intervene all the time, you will be visible to the rest of the participants, so you have to maintain a correct attitude all the time. Depending on the type of call you are making, the attitude may be more or less carefree, but remember to always maintain a body language appropriate to the situation in which you find yourself.
2. Find A Quiet Place With Little Traffic
If you are in the office, look for a room, if possible, individually, where you have space and can talk without disturbing anyone and without being disturbed. If you are at home, always look for the most neutral space you can and where you will not have interruptions. Remember that the background will greatly influence how others perceive your presence.
Always look for places with neutral walls, that look likes a professional environment or, at least, without shrillness that distracts those who observe you through the camera. As much as possible, choose an environment similar to the one you would use to have a face-to-face meeting. For example, you would never be in a meeting with a TV on behind you, or with a poster of a music group.
3. A Good Internet Connection
Make sure you have a good internet connection and that you have the latest version of the platform you are going to use. This is very important to avoid starting the meeting on time and, once started, not to be interrupted by those uncomfortable cuts and freeze shots that we have all experienced at some point.
4. Good Lighting Is Also Important
Since there is face-to-face contact, even if it’s through a camera, it’s important that you look good. Avoid very bright lights directly above your head, as your teammates will only see a white glow and not your face. The same goes for large pockets of light behind you, as you’ll create the much-desired backlighting that makes you see nothing more than a dark spot.
5. Do I Wear helmets?
Whenever space allows it, it is better not to use them, since a person without headphones looks more professional (in a face-to-face meeting no one would wear them). Here it comes into play to have your equipment ready to enjoy the best possible sound quality and thus avoid headphones.
To do this, always test your microphone and audio outputs before starting the video conference. However, if you connect from a shared space, the use of headphones is almost essential, as well as controlling your voice level.
The technological world is constantly changing, improving the resources within our reach, but we must not forget the human part in all of this, and how we can make the best use of the tools we have. So put on your best face, and videoconference!
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