Given the Covid19 times, All business meetings are getting done through Video calls via apps like Skype, Zoom, WebEx, etc. This can be quite a challenge to folks who aren’t used to this means of meeting people.
Follow this step-by-step guide to be awesome in such video calls
1. Set Up Your Lighting
Just like in a photoshoot, lighting and angles can do wonders for you. Have a natural/warm light tone set right behind the camera focusing on you. Any other location can make your visual look bad.
2. Position your Camera angle for your video call
No matter what camera you choose to use, ensure it is set at your eye level. Position it so that it covers your face and torso of your body. A bonus tip, set it in a stable area preferably on a table if you’re using a PC or Laptop and on a tripod if you’re using a regular camera or a mobile.
3. Choose a neutral background
Sit in front of a location that’s clean and simple. This applies to folks working from home as well as in the office.
Ensure that there is no mess, boxes, wires dangling, clothes hanging behind you to look the best in your professional meetings. This simple change can make a huge difference in the quality of your discussions.
4. Dress to Impress for your Video call
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you can attend a business meeting in Pyjamas!
Dress up to the occasion with the same level of grooming you’d have, if you were to attend it in person. No Compromise in this at all!
5. Remove those pesky Distractions!
The one sure-shot way to mess up your discussion is getting distracted by things around you. This includes but not limited to Kids, Televisions, Pets, Mobile App Notifications, etc.
Plan your location and meeting in advance, so that you can take care of these distractions in prior and focus fully on your video call discussions.
6. Keep your notes handy!
Prepare for your business meetings to impress your audience. You can jot down key discussion points in advance to cover all the necessary topics within the planned time. Your audience will appreciate it too.
7. Maintain eye contact with your audience
This applies to both your in-person meetings as well as video calls. It’s easy to look at the faces on your monitor display and loose eye contact.
Best way to ensure this is to look at your camera directly when you speak to your audience. This will make you look as if you’re watching your audience directly in their eyes (check out those YouTube Videos for this effect)
8. Get the best Audio-visual setup for your video calls
With all done and said, a good camera, speaker, and microphone can take your presentation to the next level.
Invest in a decent set of hardware that’s good and reliable. The last thing you want is for your camera or microphone to die on you in the middle of your meeting!
That’s it folks! Follow these 7 steps and you’ll be awe-inspiring in all your video calls!
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