While some companies have been using zoom meetings in their businesses for a while, for many of us, zooming has required some new technical skill, and perhaps an attitude adjustment! However, with the longevity of effects from Covid-19, it looks as though these zoom meetings will continue to be part of our business world, even after we are able to go back to “normal”. As much as we would like to get back to normal sooner rather than later, there are still some etiquette tips and presentation skills that can promote you and your business in a more professional manner through this medium.
When you join your group—
- Arrive on time & introduce yourself.
- Silence your phone.
- Be respectful of others’ opinion.
- Let the host know if you have to leave early.
- No snacking or smacking!
- And no kids or pets in the picture.
Watch your appearance—
- No pj’s on camera!
- Pull yourself together for a neat and tidy look.
- Style your hair and wear makeup.
- Solid colors are best—prints distract. Red and navy are preferred over black.
- No low cut blouses for the ladies. You do not want to be boobalicious!
- Sit up straight.
- I can already hear the groans. “Why do I have to look nice from home just for my office?” I certainly can go with a more casual look for in-office zooms, but if a client or a person outside your circle is joining, you are still in need of a professional presentation.
From a technical standpoint—
- Have a calm, clean, non- distracting background.
- Extra lighting can be a plus. Massif Studio lights or Glamcore are two examples.
- Be aware that windows can create glare.
- Mute your audio, if you are not talking.
- Elevate your computer so your face is level with the screen. A shot looking from below your neck and face is the least flattering.
This is just some of the information that I have gathered from Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert, and her image consultant, Susan Bigsby. I have also had quite the personal zoom experience at my husband’s law office! Until we can once again meet safely in person (and get some hugs and handshakes along the way), let us all learn to navigate our Now Norm with our Virtual Best!
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