By Kendall Martin
Not too long ago, this picture of Senator Rand Paul was splashed across the front page of newspapers. Nothing says “Don’t take me seriously” like a politician in a jacket and tie with shorts and running shoes. Sure, he was coming from his son’s soccer game to make the interview. But it doesn’t change the image that’s now forever in the public eye.
The same goes for videoconferencing. More and more organizations are turning to videoconferencing due to the expense of sending employees to meetings that require travel and lodging.
In those situations, how you present yourself is as important as what you say. Colleagues are not going to take you seriously if you appear on camera in shorts and a t-shirt. You should treat a videoconference as you would an in-person meeting.
Follow these simple tips when presenting on camera:
- Appearance counts. Dress as you would for a meeting in the office. You wouldn’t come to a board room in workout clothes.
- Avoid bright colors. Solid shades of blue or gray work best with most skin tones.
- Maintain good posture. Sit up straight and make eye contact with the camera.
- Be aware of space. Don’t sit too close to the camera. Do a run-through before the meeting begins so you understand how you will be seen by meeting participants.
- Avoid distracting movements. Be careful not to tap your pen, move back and forth in your chair or shuffle papers.
What advice do you have for appearing professional during a videoconference?
[Image Source: Melina Mara of The Washington Post]