The 'new normal' is what everyone is calling it, and what that means for a lot of people and their businesses is working from home aka WFH. Thankfully there is a lot of technology available that make the transition from office to home almost seamless.
With everyone now making use of this software, you should consider polishing your own virtual meetings by being more professional and try to make sure that you stand out from your competitors.
With everyone now making use of this software you should consider polishing your virtaul meetings by being more professional and try to stand out from your competitors.
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Obviously to start with you will need a device with a camera. We think laptops are the obvious choice: They’re the most versatile and require fewer accessories. Tablets can also work and a smartphone will suffice in a pinch but only when out and about. A stable video just looks way better. While we are talking about steady video, make sure to angle the camera for the most flattering angle, it seems obvious but we have looked up too may people nostrils recently.
Being able to read others’ facial expressions in a video chat goes a long way toward making people feel more connected. If your face is dark and blurry, it’s easier for it to disappear in the grid of faces. Keep light sources behind the camera and away from the lens. Avoid backlighting. If your room is too dim, use some additional lighting to illuminate your face. We use some cheap led panels for our own meetings.
Audio quality is also a very important factor in the overall success of a Zoom meeting. While your laptop’s webcam and built-in mic/speakers can work, call quality can be improved by using a Bluetooth or wired microphone. To the extent possible work from a quiet location where you will not be interrupted.
No one wants to see your cluttered or messy home office so why not set up a backdrop. s. Zoom’s “virtual background” is great starting point if your PC/Laptop has enough horsepower to use it. You can purchase backdrop images from micro image stock agencies, better than a virtual background is to create a green screen. This trick, borrowed from television, helps the computer’s camera see the outline of the human in the shot. Buy a premade green screen, or just paint your own.