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how to show up as your best self in online video conferences

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

Zoom, FaceTime, Social Media lives - video formats are here to stay. As the female factor team is organized remotely since day 1, we're showing off our favorite 5 tips and tricks on how to show up as your best self online. A working wifi is btw a no brainer.

remote video guidelines | Unsplash Chris Montgomery

1. dress your best

First impression is what matters and we know your pjs are super comfortable and who can actually tell that you didn't change for days, right? But it's the same as in real (business) life, first impression is what counts so make sure you put on a nice shirt and pants (bc we really want to avoid that you can't get up as you aren't wearing any, right? #awkward). For a fresh look without any make-up, Zoom offers a "touch up" version in the settings, to look smooth even in the early mornings without coffee ;)

2. light is changing the game

Ok let's be honest proper light is the most important asset for your video-self. Your screen itself can be large source of light already, so just adjust your screen brightness to a more flattering scale. For natural light, just open up your shades and let the natural light pour in as much as possible.

For all light sources, make sure it's right in front of you or no more than 45 degrees away from you. Avoid backlight at all costs, as nobody will see your pretty face).

3. positioning is everyyything

To get this straight, there is only one acceptable camera angle: head-on and at eye level. We all know everything about bad angles and unflattering front-camera-opening selfies. We do not want that! Use a set of books, a tripod or whatever you can get your hands on to make sure your camera is at the same level as your eyes in landscape format please. To go the extra mile have the rule of third in mind (read more about it in the link below).

4. silence please

Most of us use the built-in mic on our laptops or headphones and that's good enough unless you record a professional video or a podcast. To find the best solution, just try all the different mics you have and test it with any of the videoconferencing audio testing tools and choose the best.

Obviously, a calm environment without background chatter, A/Cs, waves, or honking cars is the best choice and just mute yourself if you're not speaking to avoid disturbance of others.

Btw in Zoom, holding down the space bar unmutes yourself (comes in handy, right?).

5. for the real pros

You wanna go the extra mile? We prepared an ultimate video recording guide for your mobile phone or your laptop that goes into a bit more detail and really sets you afar. Download our remote video guide for pros for the win.

Test our tricks, especially when you're participating in one of our masterclasses or limitless conferences and share your experience with!

Do you have any more tips and tricks you wanna share with us? Comment below or shoot us an e-mail.

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