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10 tips for setting up your home office for video conferencing - Computerworld Canada

Whether you're chatting with your team or agreeing to an important interview, looking good has always been a priority. Now that online interaction has replaced in person, clean and ironed professional outfits must be complemented by a proper camera set to accentuate their glamor. Here are 10 tips on how you can do it the best way possible!

  1. Ensuring Adequate Lighting - The location of the light source and getting the proper lighting is key. It is best to put your lighting, be it a window or artificial light, in front of you so that your face is well lit.
  2. Check your audio - it's always good to use a microphone closer to your face. A decent pair of earphones or earphones equipped with a microphone works well.
  3. Position yourself properly: position yourself so that you can be clearly seen from shoulders to head, or from waist to head. Don't get too close or too far.
  4. Make sure the camera is at eye level - Make a connection with the people you are communicating with via video conferencing by making sure your webcam is at eye level. This way, you will be able to look them in the eye and have a better conversation.
  5. Make sure the background isn't complicated - keep your surroundings as uncluttered as possible so that you are the center of the conversation.
  6. No makeup is not okay either - stop worrying about makeup if you don't normally wear it. Just focus on having a good conversation.
  7. Wear Neutral Colors: Although most clothing is fine, avoiding pinstripes and plaids will prevent distractions. Also, try not to wear deep black or shiny white clothing. Go for neutral colors.
  8. Sit in a comfortable chair - Make sure the chair you are sitting in is comfortable enough so that you are not fidgeting while talking.
  9. Practice Being Prepared - Practice first setting up your lighting, audio, and camera and taking a screenshot. You can even call a friend to find out what everything looks like and make any necessary adjustments. Also, use a landline Internet connection when possible if your office Wi-Fi connection is unstable or slow.
  10. Be yourself: Analyze everything at the end and fix what you think is wrong. However, the most important thing when you're on a video call, according to Terence Taylor, a freelance video writer and producer, is "to be yourself; that way, you'll present the best view of yourself that you can."

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