As you know, most of us are experiencing some form of lock down or quarantine and as such some persons are working from home, where possible or taking online classes. Therefore, communicating through technological devices are playing a greater role in our daily lives. It’s our source of entertainment and a method of staying connected in these times of social distancing. Today I thought it would be a great idea to provide you with some guidelines on how to present yourself in the best way when on video calls.
Ten Ways for Looking Your Best on Video Calls at Home
- Lighting: besides investing in lighting equipment to create a flattering light source for your video calls, a more cost efficient option is using natural light. Situate yourself near a window and make sure your facing it so that the light can illuminate your body evenly. Avoid fluorescent lighting, over head and under lighting which can wash you out or create a “spooky story” effect.
- Angles: make sure that your camera is at eye level, not too low or too high as this so can create an unflattering look. Stack your laptop, camera or phone on books if you need to and make sure it is stable.
- Framing: you should be situated in the center of your camera frame without too much empty space to the top or sides of the screen unless your displaying something. If you have a “good side” you may angle yourself so that the shoulder of that side is angled slightly towards the camera.
- Background: This should be uncluttered, clean and without distracting decorations or persons moving in and out of the frame as that can divert your audience’s attention.
- Outfit: wear flattering colours, preferable a solid colour as prints may be distracting or come across unflattering. Chose a close fitting top for a cleaner cut and maybe throw on a blazer to create a more professional look. Add your favorite pieces of jewelry to add to your image.
- Hair and make-up: Since your audience will only be seeing the front of you, you may just focus on tidying up the front and sides of your hair. In terms of makeup, whatever works for you. For those who are not much of a makeup person focus on highlighting your lips and eyes, brush your eyebrows and maybe add some colour to your cheeks.
- Gestures: be mindful of what you are doing with your body. Moving around too much especially your hands can be very distracting to your audience. Try resting your hands on your lap or knees and maybe interlacing your fingers to resist the temptation.
- Eye contact: It is important to look at the person/s you are speaking with to show your engagement and create a feeling of connection. Remember they are taking time to watch, listen to and give feedback about your content.
- Practice first: Perform a test run before the real thing. This will ensure that you have a chance to detect and correct any errors, make adjustments to the camera and verify that everything is working properly. It gives you time to become comfortable with using your equipment and at ease with communicating via video calls.
- General: clean your camera lens so the video is not blurred. Put devices on “do not disturb” to limit distractions.
These are my tips and below are the links to my resources for this post and further recommendations for you to explore. I hope you enjoyed. Look out for my next post on Thursday, all about public speaking.