“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell
Your virtual communication will be more effective if you prepare your physical space, your virtual space, and yourself so that you can stay focused.
Prepare Your Physical Space
- Choose a place with limited distractions that meets your work needs and will be comfortable and quiet for an extended period of time.
- Get as close as possible to your router for optimal speed as well as optimal audio and video quality.
- Get as close as comfortably possible to your computer screen and sit forward so you appear present and engaged.
- If possible, sit facing or next to a window because natural light feels warmer and more comforting. Otherwise, have
“I believe that first impressions are very important.” F.W. de Klerk
If you want to make a positive impression on a virtual platform, here are things you should NOT do:
- Sit far back from the computer screen so you seem detached.
- Not look at the camera so there is no eye contact.
- Look down at the camera so you seem aloof.
- Have clutter in the background.
- Not turn off email or other messaging applications.
- Not minimize external distractions.
- Check email during the conversation.
- Have lighting behind you or to the side, creating a shadow on your face.
- Allow sunlight, direct or reflected, to shine into the webcam.
- Wear black, white or bright colors that may reflect light.
- Wear thin stripes