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Lockdown work: Ten tips for better video calls

With the lockdown, video calling is becoming the normal way to communicate and do business.

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Video calls have become essential. We conduct meetings, have job interviews, meet with clients and talk to friends and family.

Try these tips for better video calls

Choose your background carefully

Before you make a video call, choose a neutral background. Make sure you do not have a background packed with things because it can be distracting.

Clean the camera

Wipe off the camera lens with wipes or a soft cloth before making a call. A clean lens makes a huge difference. Even a thin layer of grime or dust on your camera will scatter light as it comes in and cause unpleasant halos or smudges in the frame.

Camera angle

The angle of your camera can have a significant impact on the way you look. Raise your camera to your eye level, looking down at a camera is rarely flattering. Do not sit too close, the camera should capture your face and part of your upper body, with the camera being aligned with your eyes.

Lighting for your video call

Lighting is crucial when it comes to choosing the spot of your video call. Even lighting across the frame will give you the most aesthetically pleasing look.

Sit in front of a window that doesn’t directly face the sun. If you are calling at night, avoid strong backlight. Try sitting next to a neutral-coloured wall and point the light at it to bounce back at you. If you are sitting outside, keep out of direct sunlight.

Posture and attitude

Be mindful of your posture. Sitting up straight will look better on video calls. Make eye contact and avoid staring at your own image during the call.

Eliminate distractions

It is very easy to get distracted during video calls. Turn off all unnecessary gadgets, applications or any other possible distractions. Make sure that your children or pets will not interrupt the call. Do not fidget or move around too much.

Be prepared

Prepare any material you might need beforehand and be ready at least 10 minutes before the call.

Use headphones

Put on headphones. When the other person can hear their own voice, it can be very distracting.

Check internet connection

Connect your computer or laptop through an ethernet cable directly to the modem. If a wireless connection is all you have, try not to do other things online, such as uploads and downloads.

Get dressed

Dress appropriately from head to toe as you never know when you might need to stand up. Bold and colourful patterns can be distracting to the other person. Consider the background colour when getting dressed, so that you don’t blend in too much.

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