Looking your best is just one part of being professional. Even if you are dressed up and feeling confident, you may not come off that way during video conferencing. To look professional during a virtual meeting, you need to have good audio and video quality. Here are our tips to help you achieve those goals.
This is probably the most important step in making you look good on a video call. If you’re in a dimly lit room or the only light is your computer monitor, your video feed is going to appear grainy and low quality to viewers. To improve the way the camera captures you, you need more light. The best tip is to turn off all the lights in the room you’re in and set up close to a large window. This allows natural light to come in, and your camera won’t compete with the other lights in the room. Having multiple different sources and types of lighting during a video call can cast strange colors and unflattering shadows. Oftentimes an overhead light or ceiling fan can be responsible for causing strange shadows on faces.
Audio can be tricky because you can’t always hear on your end if there are any issues or diagnose the source of the problem. Most video conferencing software includes options to test your equipment before a meeting starts. This way you can check your mic sensitivity. Another helpful tip is to obtain an external microphone for meetings. This is a great option if you’re not home alone and are surrounded by sounds out of your direct control. Even a low end external mic is better than the default microphone on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Find a USB-powered microphone with a soft foam head to help filter out room noise and improve your audio.
Overall, a strong Wi-Fi signal or corded internet connection also will help with both visual and audio connections during your meetings. Elevating your camera so it is at eye level is another way to help you appear more confident and professional.
With a few simple adjustments and a small investment in a microphone, your appearance and professionalism on video calls can improve dramatically. Give these tips a try and let us know how they work out for you.