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A Few Simple Ways to Make the Right Impression During Video Calls

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Photo: Ekaterina Bolovtsova

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to adopt work-from-home policies. Even as organizations are reopening, numerous companies have actually explored the option of switching to work-from-home arrangements permanently.

That means those video calls that may have played a big role in your professional life these past few months might continue to do so for a longer time than you expected. Thus, it’s important to know what you can do to look your best during them. The fact that you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you don’t need to look professional. These tips will help:

Dress Well

Don’t let the temptation to relax in your most comfortable outfits when working from home make you forget about the importance of dressing properly during video meetings. First of all, research indicates your clothes directly affect your mindset. In other words, if you dress professionally, you’re more likely to feel productive.

Additionally, professional clothing doesn’t need to be uncomfortable. Options such as women's fashionable loungewear allow you to look impressive without sacrificing comfort.

Check Your Lighting

Not lighting their faces sufficiently is one of the most common mistakes people make during video calls. After all, many computer cameras capture footage that’s darker than you might assume it would be when you’re actually in the room.

That’s why you should test your lighting before starting a video conference. Poor lighting can make you look pale, and has even made people look relatively sinister in some instances.

woman on a sofa making a call via her laptop
Photo: Ivan Samkov

Make Sure You’re Comfortable

Excessive fidgeting during a video call can distract the others involved. It might also give off the impression that you’re not paying full attention to the call itself, or are antsy to get away.

Guard against this by taking the time to make sure you’re in a thoroughly comfortable spot before starting a video meeting. You don’t want to find yourself getting uncomfortable if a call goes on longer than you expected it to.

Keep Your Camera at Eye Level

A professional video conference isn’t the time to experiment with fancy camera angles. You can indulge your inner film director another time. Right now, you want to keep everything as simple as possible by making sure your camera is facing you at eye level. Because you might need to raise it slightly to achieve this angle, this is another reason you should test out your video beforehand.

Make sure you keep your audio in mind too. Always hop on video calls in a relatively quiet space, while ideally wearing good headphones. By doing so, and remembering these tips, you’ll be far more likely to make the impression you want on your employers.

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