Are you in the application process and have a video interview coming up? Or do you have an important video call with business partners on the agenda? With these 7 tips, nothing will stand in the way of your successful video call.
Sound, light, camera. What you should consider during a video call and how to make it successful - we have 7 tips.
Integrated microphones leave your voice sounding tinny. Invest in a good USB microphone, and your counterpart will be able to understand you as well as if you were talking face to face. Acoustic mats also help to dampen any echo.
Use a camera that transmits HD images or better, and position it just above your face for the best effect. A laptop can simply be placed on a couple of books.
Always light yourself as directly from the front as you can to avoid unattractive shadows. It is also important that the light is filtered, e.g. through a lampshade, and has a reddish hue.
Your background should not be distracting, should be less brightly lit, and should appear calm and tidy. However, you can add personal touches such as a plant or a bookshelf.
Engage in initial small talk before you begin a presentation, and pause it if dialogue develops now and then, so that you can see the other people’s faces.
Make eye contact by speaking directly into the camera. This makes your counterpart feel like you can really see them, and thus builds a connection.
And last but definitely not least: have fun!
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