Many of us are still working from home at least some of the time. Video conference calls have become a normal part of our working life, and an essential when it comes to communicating with colleagues and clients, collaborating, and doing our jobs as efficiently as possible without going into the office. But, it’s probably fair to say that some of the novelty has started to wear off.
In the first few weeks of lockdown, and working from home, Zoom calls, and other video conference calls were quite exciting. We played with different backgrounds and setups, and while we might have been nervous about communicating in this new way, there were ways to keep it fun.
Now that the novelty has gone, and we’re starting to take things more seriously, these tactics might not be appropriate. But, you still need to find ways to capture people’s attention, speak confidently, and get heard over video calls. Here are some tips to help you.
Dress to Impress
When we’re working from home, it’s tempting to do it comfortably. But, if you want to be taken seriously and make a good impression on video calls, you should be dressing to impress. Smarten up a little, and dress as you would for a day at the office. Then, add something eye-catching like a classic Rolex watch from Chronext. Chronext sells a range of timelessly elegant watches, which can help you to make a good impression. Discover more about Rolex here to help you to make your choice.
Make Eye Contact
Speaking on a video call can be a little daunting at first, and it’s tempting to avoid eye contact and even to look around everyone’s backgrounds so as not to draw attention to yourself. This doesn’t work. It does draw attention, but for all of the wrong reasons. Not looking people in the eye gives the impression that you have something to hide or you aren’t taking the call seriously.
Instead, look people in the eye when they are speaking, or when you are, and draw attention for the right reason.
Get Lighting and Sound Right
Next time you are on a video call, pay attention to your own window. Can other people see and hear you clearly? If the light in your room is too bright, your camera is dirty, or your microphone is muffled, you won’t be seen or heard. Dim the lights, sit away from direct light and give your equipment a good clean.
Have Everything You Need Prepared
The last thing that you want mid-call is to be riffling around looking for a file or document. Before the call, make sure you have everything that you need to hand ready to present.
Keep a Drink Close to Hand
We’ve all had a dry mouth at the worst possible time. Avoid coughs and splutters by keeping a bottle of water to hand, especially when you know you have a long call coming up, or a call where you’ll be doing most of the talking.
We don’t know how long this might last. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that some of us will always work from home more than we used to. Video calls are part of life now, so it’s time to get used to it and up your game.