Looking Good On Work Video Conference Calls

The NY Post put out a article on "Looking Your Best" when doing video conferences... Here are the tips below!

Look at the camera

Seeing yourself on the screen alongside your co-workers is, for many people, a huge distraction.

“One of the things that drives me absolutely bananas is when people are looking off camera, and they’re looking at themselves on the monitor,” says Tracy Metro, an interior designer and host on Netflix’s “House Doctor.”

“That tiny little hole right there? Look there!” she says. Staring at yourself may seem subtle to you, but to those on the call who aren’t entirelyoverwhelmed by the tech, it’s probably blatant.

Find your light — and acoustics

“One of the best areas in a home to conduct your home office in is your living room,” Metro tells The Post.

This is often a larger room, and the depth you’ll have behind you will look better on the call than if you use a shallow space. Living rooms also tend to have better light.

“One of the worst places is a bathroom,” she says, as the acoustics will likely be terrible.

“It’s great to sing in the shower, maybe not so much to have a meeting there.”

What’s the best lighting?

“Don’t stand directly under an overhead light,” Metro advises. “If you can manage it, the ring light is an amazing light that illuminates your face.”

Another no-no is shooting in front of a window, as it creates a blinding glare. “You don’t want a big white mess that’s hurting people’s eyes,” she says. If you have no other option, do your best to control the lighting by turning down the blinds or otherwise shielding your camera from the sun.

How done-up should I get?

While it’s not necessary to dress quite as well as you usually do, try not to take it down more than one level from your normal office attire.

“If you’re a suit-and-tie kind of person, you can wear a button-up shirt,” Metro suggests. “If you’re a person who just wears a button-up shirt, you can wear a casual T-shirt kind of thing.” If you’re wearing a tank top, you’ve gone too far and need to dress up a bit.

As for your face, the bar has also been lowered — but try to keep it professional.

“Scruff and five o’clock shadow is kind of acceptable, so I think you can do it,” says Metro.

Looking to put in actual effort? Not that much work is necessary to be avideo-conference stunner.

Putting pets on camera

“Know thy audience,” Metro advises. If you know your co-workers will get a smile out of seeing your pup or cat on-screen, feel free to bring them with you to the video conference or just allow them to have a cameo. But don’t let them steal the spotlight.

“Don’t make the entire conversation about your dog,” she says, holding up her own pooch, Bernie. “Say, ‘Hey, Bernie’s gonna sit in on the meeting,’ and then move on.”

Mind the background

You’ve washed your face, put on non-pajamas, found a corner of your home with decent light and feel ready for the Zoom meeting — except there’s a giant pile of dirty clothes visible behind you. “One of the major no-nos is having stuff behind you that you wouldn’t have in your office,” says Metro.

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