Here’s how to look like a #wfh pro. These tips work for meetings with colleagues, clients or job interviews (yes, there are still job interviews happening)
Phone holder – This is essential. It is nauseating for your viewers to see your image moving back and forth when you hold it in your hand. It also limits your ability to make notes. There is no need to buy one. You can find lots of DIY templates on Pinterest. Here is a link to get you started – https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/227009637437845277/
Light – Sit facing the window. When the light is behind you, your face looks dark and spooky. If you are using Zoom, you can change the background so people cannot see the real background. This is fun and useful. Learn how here — https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background
Prep the day before – Just like any other meeting, you want to put in a few minutes of thought before the meeting. Think about what you need/want to get out of the conversation. Leave a few minutes before it starts to get friendly with a comb. Over the ear headphones don’t do our hair any favours.
Sticky notes on the side of your computer – if there are a few specific things you want to bring up, put little sticky notes on the side of your monitor or device.
Tidy the area around you – Check what’s around and behind you. Clear away papers and lunch leftovers. Deploy the virtual background (above) if you need to.
Set appointments for early or late in the day when more band width is available. Also people in your household might be engaged in activities that don’t require you – like sleeping and Netflix.
Turn off the video if the audio gets strangled – if the audio starts to sound garbled, suggest to your parties that everyone turn off the video. That usually clears it up right away. You can get adept pretty quickly at turning on and off the video – it’s nice to have it on when you are speaking.
Practice these things your friends and family first – then you will have total confidence running your business day and we could all use a little of that.