It’s easy to give in to the temptation to wear sweatpants and an
old t-shirt because you’re working from home. However, your
colleagues and customers expect you to have a professional
appearance. Dress for your video conference the way you
would for an in-person meeting.
Control video and audio quality.
Invest in a quality webcam and speaker and microphone
headset. These provide better video and audio than your
computer’s built-in system. Try to hold meetings in quiet, indoor
locations to control ambient noise.
Adjust your lighting.
Don’t sit directly in front or beside a bright light source, or
else all the audience sees is a bright light and a shadowy figure.
Experiment with moving lamps and your camera until you can see
your brightly-lit face on the screen.
Think about your background.
Try to provide a nice, plain background. If your treadmill is in
your office and you use it more as a place to hang laundry, that’s
not really the best visual for your audience. You can’t control
everything in a mobile environment, but you should give some
thought to background prior to your meeting.
Practice speaking to the camera and not the screen.
Our tendency is to look at the person on the screen, but you
should look at the camera when you speak so the audience feels
like you’re talking directly to them.
During your meeting:
Mute your microphone when necessary.
Zoom has a “Mute Microphone” option that cuts down on ambient
feedback for the audience. When there is a lot of back-and-forth
discussion you will turn this off, but you should mute yourself
when listening to a presenter.
Use Zoom’s chat function.
You can send a question or statement to everyone or privately to a
Think about your actions on camera.
Always remember that everyone can see you. Someone is watching as
you take a big, wide-mouth yawn, stretch, or wander around the
room. These exaggerated movements are distracting to the audience
and can be disruptive to the speaker. Try to stay still and be
attentive – or at least act attentive!
Eliminate distractions and focus on the agenda.
Notifications from messaging applications, ringtones, and
applications running on your desktop can be distracting, which can
make your attendees feel disrespected and undervalued. Mitigating
these distractions helps keep the meeting focused and free from