Making the Best Impression on Face time Calls–Whether Personal or Professional
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.
- People want to see who they are talking to:
- Use good lighting so you look healthy. Never place a light source behind you, as it will make you harder to see
- Touch up your appearance with a nice top, some accessories, from the waist up
- Keep smiling, it makes you look younger and relaxes you
- Sit up straight
- 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
- Dress the way you would for an in-person gathering: you’ll feel better
- Don’t let people see a sight in the background that draws attention away from you
- Prop the laptop or phone at eye level. It feels more natural to the person looking at you
- Look into the webcam
- 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
- Before Everyone Joins:
- Test your tone of voice. Record yourself to see how you come across
- Test Sound. Make sure it is working
- Select a place where it will be quiet to eliminate distractions
- Place yourself on mute. Otherwise, if you are listening to background TV news, everyone will hear it
- Prepare a two-sentence introduction of yourself, in case the host asks for one
- Hosting a Meeting
- If it’s a large gathering, select a moderator
- Ask everyone in the beginning to mute their setting until they speak
- If it’s a big group, consider another co-host to better manage the flow
- 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!