Body posture is key to looking and sounding your best on a video conference meeting. It's important to have a straight back and not be slouching or hunched over.
- If I'm in a meeting and I'm speaking with someone I'm going to make sure my body posture is good because it exudes confidence. This is also true if I'm listening to someone else speak because my posture indicates I'm listening and I'm engaged. If you're on a video call there are strategic ways to position your body so not only does it look more appropriate and professional but it also indicates that you're engaged. If you're going to be sitting while on a video call make sure you have a good distance between you and the camera. If you're going to be speaking and presenting the best way to sit is to actually sit on just the front half of the chair and not scoot all the way back. In fact this is the way many TV news anchors sit when they're on air because it opens up their diaphragm so they're speaking from this area which helps project their voice. Make sure your back is straight, lean in just a little bit, and make sure your shoulders are down which shows you're relaxed. And like in the perfecting your eye contact movie, when you speak make sure you're looking directly at the camera lens and not at the screen because when you look at the lens it appears like you're speaking to the person watching. What you don't want to do is to present while you're sitting back against the chair because it can seem like you're slouching and it can look a bit careless. Your speaking posture has a direct influence to how people perceive you. But on the flip side if you're not presenting during the video call it's okay to be a bit more relaxed because you're just a spectator. It's okay to be scooted back a little bit but this doesn't mean you can be slouched. You have to appear alert. So make sure your eyes are still on the screen and that you're focused. If you do decide to speak up during the video conference you can prepare by scooting to the edge of the chair because again, it helps with boosting your voice and shows that you're about to engage in the conversation. Just remember that sitting straight not only affects how people perceive you, it also helps boost your voice so that you're heard.
Learn how to shine on video conference calls. Communication consultant Jessica Chen provides expert advice to look and sound confident, collected, and smart on your next conference call or video presentation. Discover how to prepare your material, how to contribute to the call, and how to incorporate engaging visuals. Get body language, posture, and wardrobe tips to make a powerful impression. Finally, learn the technical details to building a mini "studio" for conducting calls, including choosing a webcam, lighting yourself, and placing a microphone for quality sound.
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