Top 5 Zoom Tips - Pants optional?
I wish ‘Zoom’ had filters! In the new world of screen communications, we’re more than ever glued to our devices, and laptops.
Whether we’re in a meeting, on a date or even interviewing, these 5 easy steps will help us make the best impression on screen. These 5 steps will ensure you're doing the best you can...waist up at least!
1) Posture: There's nothing worse in real life than having poor posture. When on a video call, its just as apparent when you slouch. Use a cushion or a chair with a back to help you sit straight.
2) Background: Having a nice, professional background is always recommended. A nice office space, decor or simply a plain background will make it less distracting and cleaner looking. It makes a great impression of a look into your home/personal space. Try to stay near a wall as well to avoid anyone needing to get by or walk behind you.
3) Device Type/Leveled screen: Being motionless is recommended when participating on a video call. Constant moving can be distracting, can weaken network connection and/or can appear as though you're not engaged so it can become an etiquette issue as well. Your best bet if you need to shift would be to turn your video off while you move around. The best device is always a laptop, tablet or any set screen; try to avoid cell phones when able.
Constant moving can be distracting, can weaken network connection and/or can appear as though you're not engaged so it can become an etiquette issue as well.
4) Attire: We've all heard the jokes that everyone is wearing a dress shirt/blouse on screen and sweats and fuzzy slippers below the waist. Which is actually ok! Try to choose a professional top that still represents your companies dress code or is appropriate for the tone of the call. Many companies are ok with you ditching the formalities as long as you still maintain some type of formality. Try a cardigan instead of a blazer or a sweater instead of a button up dress shirt for example. If you'e on a video date, you can go for a flirtier look!
5) Grooming: Keeping a simple, natural style for video calls is actually quite refreshing. Skip the heavier makeup and a simple hairstyle will do. Everyone has had their fair share of groom pausing so don't feel conscious of your roots showing. Hair accessories such as headbands and barrettes are a great way to add some polish and dry shampoo can help hide the dirty hair!
It seems as though we all became Zoom pros overnight when our social and professional lives depended on it. Now that we're slowly coming back to face to face meetings, at least we now know how to represent our best selves through screen!