If you are using Zoom to chat casually with your family or friends then it doesn’t matter if you look like you just got out of bed. But it is a different story when you are using the Zoom platform for your business. It is very important that you present the right image of yourself and your business here.
So in this article we will provide you with some great tips to present the best image of yourself when you are involved in Zoom meetings. It is very important that you get this right and all of these things are pretty easy to do.
Get the Camera Positioning Right
A lot of Zoom users do not pay enough attention to the position of their camera and how they look to others in a Zoom meeting. You do not want participants to just see the top of your head or worse still your crotch area. This is not a joke, people often attend business Zoom meetings taking no account of how they are presenting in their video.
You want to position your webcam or camera so that you do not have to look down or look up. If you have to look down at your camera then you are going to look fatter than normal. This is not a flattering look. Looking up at the camera just looks weird and is also pretty unflattering.
The ideal camera position is where you are looking directly into it. This will give the impression that you are looking directly at the other participants which is what you want. So play around with the position of your camera until you get this right.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
Having a Zoom meeting in your underwear is certainly not appropriate for a business call. It doesn’t matter if you look a slob most of the time that you are at home but you do not want to portray this image in your Zoom events.
Wear something close to formal such as a clean shirt or blouse that is “business like”. You can wear a jacket as well as this always looks professional. Make sure that you are well groomed and have your best face on. Scruffy stubble is not a good look guys!
Smile in your Zoom Meetings
Some people turn up to Zoom events with a face like thunder. They take things far too seriously and just look miserable throughout the event. This is not a place that you want to be. It is much better to smile and look happy in the event. This is particularly important if you are the host.
There have been many studies that prove a smiling, happy face is very attractive to others. If you are not good at smiling then practice until you are! It is OK to be serious at times but aim to be smiley and happy as much as possible.
Look into the Camera
A big mistake that a lot of new Zoom users make is that they spend too much time looking at their computer screen instead of into the camera. Always remember that when you are looking into the camera it is the same as looking your audience directly in the eye. They are going to respond the best if you do this.
Constantly staring at your screen, even if it is for good reason, will make it appear that you are not interested in your audience and do not want to connect with them. Of course it is OK to look at your screen now and again but practice keeping this to a minimum.