Even those who mightily resisted have accepted that virtual meetings are now a part of life - and so is being on video, from your home, with your boss, colleagues, clients and vendors. While we don’t all have a setup ideal for this scenario, follow these three easy tips to look a little more polished for our at-home studios.
1. Reduce clutter (or at least keep it out of view of the camera). Clutter on screen isn’t just unsightly; it can be distracting. We all know the woes of juggling paper stacks, post-it notes, and partially drunk morning coffees, but ask yourself if you would want someone in your “real life” office if it looked that way? Keep it clean.
2. Light it up. Good lighting makes a big difference on video conference calls. Natural light is best, but if a seat near a window isn’t doable, make sure you have a lamp or other light source facing you, so on camera you are well and evenly lit. Experts recommend using LED bulbs with a CRI (color rendering index) close to 100.
3. Add some flair. Whether it’s a bright pop of color on the wall behind you, some interesting art, or shelves displaying your bobble head collection -- add some personality to your backdrop. Remember rule number 1, but you can make things interesting without overdoing it.
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