‘Work From Home’ (WFH) has become a new norm in the times of coronavirus. Some experts suggest that this trend might continue even after coronavirus, as both employers and employees realize the benefits of working from home. With that in mind, it’s important that you prepare yourself to work from home.
One area where you need to pay special attention is video call or video conferencing. You will be interacting with both your colleagues and bosses online, which is why you need to follow the recommended guidelines. Here are some tips that will help you make the best impressions during video call / video conferencing.
Ensure adequate lighting – Do you know how movie stars look so good on the screen? It’s because there’s an array of lighting equipment that is deployed in front of them. If you want the same effect, make sure there’s adequate lighting in the room. The lighting should be in front, so that the light falls directly on your face. It will help you appear glowing and radiant on the screen.
Maintain the camera at eye level – This will ensure that people can clearly see your face and your expressions. If the camera is not at eye level, people may end up seeing more of your hair or chin. This may come across as quite unprofessional.
Dress properly – This is obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning. You should have the same dress protocols as you would follow in an office environment.
Avoid multitasking – If you are multitasking, you are likely to shift your eyes away from the camera. This may irritate the person at the other end. It may give the impression that you are not focused on your job. If you are taking notes during video call, inform other participants about the same.
Turn off notifications – Make sure you turn off unwanted notifications on your computer, smartphone, and any other device in the room. This will allow everyone to focus on the task at hand.
Be cheerful – At most times, you should try to come across as joyful and brimming with energy. This will have a positive impact on all participants who have joined the video call. Keeping a dull, sad face does not look good on camera.
With the above tips, you can get the best results via video calls. You will be able to portray yourself in a professional manner, something that will boost your career prospects. Always remember that you may be working from home, but you should never be lackadaisical in the way you present yourself in the virtual realm.