The Beginner's Guide to Video Meetings
For some of us the idea of a video call's intimidating – especially when it’s with the boss and coworkers, not besties. But since most of us are working from home at the moment, VC's are a necessity to stay in the loop and keep your work life as connected as it would be back in the office.
Not used to conference calls? Then having meetings online can be a major adjustment. Prep for your on-screen office debut by reading our guide: not only will it calm any nerves, it'll keep you from being office gossip when you get back!
Stay At Home Style
So: workwear can absolutely be more casual when you don't have to go into the office. But if you're really into your work wardrobe, don't let your style game drop just because you're in front of a computer. A really nice shirt or top is key: you'll mostly be seen from the waist up. If you're a risk-taker you can leave the joggers and fuzzy socks on – but watch out: if the doorbell rings or you have to stand up for anything, you might get caught out!
Behind The Screens
Secret slob outside the office? Now's the time to look put-together and organized. So take a good look at what coworkers can see behind you when you VC. Remember: you’re basically inviting nosy coworkers to get a sneak peek of your home! So get those piles of laundry out of sight, and don’t dial in to a meeting sitting in front of an unmade bed.
Roommates & Family
Many of us house share, or live at home with 'rents and pets. Or the kids might be off school and your husband or wife self-isolating. Avoid Mom getting in the shot: warn everyone you live with ahead of time that you're getting on a call. If possible, move to an empty room. Of course we all want to see your adorable pup wander into view, but remain professional and move away from any distractions. PS: Can't avoid a noisy space? Make sure you mute your mic when you're not talking.
Try to look how you normally would in the office. If you usually wear makeup, then stick to your normal routine: consistency is key and can help make you feel more ready to work. Position your computer so that the camera's at eye level or above. Try to look into the camera when you’re talking: it’ll look like you’re making eye contact with the person you’re talking to.
Lights, Camera, Action
Use the camera app on your laptop to preview how you’ll look before connecting to the call. Good lighting can make all the difference, and daylight is ideal: position yourself opposite a window to avoid looking like a mysterious dark blob!