Wardrobe choices can really help with making the professional you stand out in a group. Making smart color choices and avoiding distracting fabric patterns is one more element to help you shine on camera.
- The beauty of video meetings is that you can be anywhere in the world, you can be in a remote office, or you can be in the comfort of your own home. For those who have worked from home, have you ever taken a phone call in your PJs? Well when it comes to video conferences, you can also be casual as well, just not completely casual. What you wear on video still matters, at least on your upper half. So you just have to be conscious of how much your camera captures if you're about to do a video call. If your camera is positioned so it's just capturing the upper half, your top half has to absolutely look professional, meaning a nice blouse and blazer for women, or a dress shirt, suit jacket for men. The casual part comes in the bottom half. But again, only if the camera doesn't capture it. If you love the idea of business on top and fun on the bottom, that's great. So right now I want to go over some styling tips because there are certain patterns that just work better on camera than others. The best type of clothes to wear if you're on a video call is to keep with the solid jewel-tone colors like sapphire blue, emerald green, turquoise, ruby red. Brighter colors are usually preferred because it just really pops on camera. If everyone else is wearing the standard gray or black, your brighter colors will really liven it up. Some items to avoid: floral patterns or stripes, because it can be distracting. Avoid silk, satin, and other shiny fabrics, because they can reflect light and shimmer every time you move your body. If possible, avoid fuzzy details like frilly collars and a lot of buttons. Again, when you have the opportunity to speak, you want people to notice you and your wardrobe shouldn't be a distraction.
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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