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Virtual Meeting Hacks!

Virtual meetings are here for good, but how can we professionally represent ourselves over a screen? How you show up for your colleagues and clients matters.  You can set yourself up for success by setting the tone in your virtual meetings because a little professionalism goes a long way!  Being professional demonstrates respect, dependability, and credibility.  Let’s dive into some virtual meeting hacks!

Dress well for your virtual meeting

Working remotely, it is tempting to sleep in and simplify our morning routines.  This is an amazing benefit to remote work, but it can blur the line between your personal life and your professional life.  If you want to feel, look, and act more like the professional you are, be sure to dress the part.  Wear the type of clothing you would wear if you were to go to the meeting in person.  Even the footwear you put on can affect how you feel and how you project yourself.

Set up proper lighting

You may have a dedicated place that you attend all your virtual meetings, and perhaps you have mastered the lighting situation. Try to set up your camera so that you have a good amount of natural light hitting your face from the front and both sides.  This will reduce any harsh shadows on your face.  If you don’t have a good place with natural light, you can use any kind of lamp; the trick is to have even lighting on three sides.

Adjust your camera angle

If you are in virtual meetings a lot, it is worth investing in a good quality webcam.  Your camera should be at eye level or just slightly higher.  This will provide the most flattering and professional looking angle. If you are using a laptop or mobile device, you can prop these up with a stand or some books.

Pay attention to your posture

Be sure to sit up nice and tall in your chair with your shoulders back. Good posture can help you appear engaged in the conversation and ready for business. Good posture is contagious, and you can bet that others in the meeting will notice and follow suit.

Virtual meeting backgrounds

A neat and tidy background is best with minimal distractions.  Sometimes this is very hard to do!!  Most virtual meeting software will have background overlays, so check to see if that is an option for you.  When choosing a virtual background be sure to choose one that is simple and professional. 

Virtual meetings can be a challenging task, but a worthwhile one to master.  Exuding professionalism is a marker for success in all industries.  Follow these virtual meeting hacks today to look your virtual best!

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