Technology is taking over these days, and that means that it's going to be used everywhere, including the workplace. It's not uncommon to have meetings and conferences through your webcam--which is really great, because you don't even have to leave your home and make your way to the office! However, even in a video conference, you still need to be professional and prepared. If you're worried about how to present yourself in a video conference don't worry--we've got some great tips for you!
Here are the top 10 ways that you can be the star of your next video conference.
- Be in the center of the web camera.
It's your best bet to be in the center of your web cam so that way people can see you. It's easy to forget that you're using your computer and that if you move a little, your colleagues won't be able to see you. Focus on being in the center of the camera so that way you're in full view.
- Have proper lighting.
Make sure you have a few lights on around you--don't do this in the dark. Just simply put a light or two on so that way people can see you clearly and won't just see a dark screen. You don't have to go crazy with the lights, just having a lamp near you is your best bet.
- Dress the part, even though you're not at the office.
Even though you aren't at the office, you should still dress to impress. It's really important to look professional, and to dress as you would if you were going to the office. Don't just tune in to the video conference in sweats and a t-shirt...that won't give people the impression that you want.
- Be prepared.
Being prepared is key when it comes to web conferences. It might seem more laid back than anything else you have to do for work, and with a laid-back attitude, you might not be as prepared as you normally would. Don't let this happen. Always be prepared to discuss material and impress your boss and other colleagues.
- Be professional.
Be professional no matter what. Always remain calm and always have something significant to say. With this kind of mentality, you will always impress those around you and show that you really care about your job.
- Be on time.
Don't tune in late to a web conference. Always sign in to the domain your company uses a little early if you can, so that way you are fully prepared. You don't want to be the last one to tune in, and make your colleagues wait for you.
- Make sure your technology is always working.
There can be some technical difficulties when it comes to video conferencing, so you should always make it a priority to check on your computer and your WiFi to make sure everything is set up properly and is working correctly. You don't want to run into a problem during the conference or right before the conference. You don't want to miss out on anything at work.
- Be alert.
It's easy to drift off a little when you're having a video conference because you're not actually in the presence of other people. In conferences that happen at work, you are always alert because there are several people around you. This isn't the case when it comes to video conferences, so it's important to focus on staying alert. Make sure you are paying attention to everything that's happening in the meeting and taking notes, so that way you don't forget anything that happens in the conversation.
- Don't be afraid to chime in.
Don't forget to add your opinion to the conversation as well. You may be a little hesitant to contribute to the conversation because it's all happening through your web cam, but don't let that stop you. This is basically a normal conference, just through a computer screen. It's important to state your opinion and to always chime in when you can. That's the professional thing to do and you will always impress your colleagues by doing so.
Don't forget to smile! Add your calm, pleasant persona to the video conference by smiling and being polite. Your co-workers and your boss alike will respect you more and will enjoy working with you more if you are happy to be there and are smiling. This is true wherever you go--smiling is contagious and you will always contribute to a positive atmosphere if you are radiating happiness.
With these tips, you will knock your next video conference out of the park. Don't be afraid to use these tips and to be put your best self forward in the workplace. You'll thank yourself later!