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Making the Best Impression on Face time Calls–Whether Personal or Professional

how to look better in zoom

A Little Preparation Makes Everyone Feel and Look Better!

By Ann Lally. Ann is a principal at Altima Palm Beach. She helps our clients with their social media strategy and content, among other things.

Zoom and Facetime isn’t going away for a while. If you want to remain in touch with friends and family, it’s time to put your best face forward. Presenting yourself on a laptop or phone involves a little time and preparation. You can tell who hasn’t given it much thought. A spouse pacing in the background, pushing an ice machine. A friend on the call slouching at a desk behind her own mountainous cleavage, short neck, or double chin. Worse, a person reclining on a sofa with uncombed hair, in bedroom lounge wear. Here are some easy steps to look polished, presentable and self-respecting.

  1. People want to see who they are talking to:
    1. Use good lighting so you look healthy. Never place a light source behind you, as it will make you harder to see
    2. Touch up your appearance with a nice top, some accessories, from the waist up
    3. Keep smiling, it makes you look younger and relaxes you
    4. Sit up straight
    5. If you don’t want to do above, go into your settings, select a first name, and a still photo to have up for the meeting
    6. Dress the way you would for an in-person gathering: you’ll feel better
    7. Don’t let people see a sight in the background that draws attention away from you
    8. Prop the laptop or phone at eye level. It feels more natural to the person looking at you
    9. Look into the webcam
    10. If you feel a need to get up for any reason, explain quickly, say you’ll be right back, and turn off video until you return
  2. Before Everyone Joins:
    1. Test your tone of voice. Record yourself to see how you come across
    2. Test Sound. Make sure it is working
    3. Select a place where it will be quiet to eliminate distractions
    4. Place yourself on mute. Otherwise, if you are listening to background TV news, everyone will hear it
    5. Prepare a two-sentence introduction of yourself, in case the host asks for one
  3. Hosting a Meeting
    1. If it’s a large gathering, select a moderator
    2. Ask everyone in the beginning to mute their setting until they speak
    3. If it’s a big group, consider another co-host to better manage the flow
    4. If the conversation involves a Q & A, the host should not sign off until everyone else has

This might feel like a long list, but it really isn’t. After you’ve run through it once, you’ll look a million bucks better, and you’ll be a pro!