Whether calling a friend or joining a business video conference, there are some things to definitely take into consideration like setting up a webcam and adjusting the surrounding. Unfortunately, for all the benefits, video conferencing is incredibly easy to screw up with little details to which you do not pay much attention. In this article we will give some pieces of advice on how to arrange everything for a video communication in advance.
Preparing for a Video Chat: Guide
The first thing to consider when getting ready for an online video contact is setting the technological equipment up. Whether your webcam is embedded into the laptop or is a portable one, make sure you check its settings beforehand. Check both video and audio since only when both are in a proper state, everything will go smooth. Apart from technical preparations, make sure to follow our tips on more general issues like webcam placing and dressing.
This is how to make the utmost of a video call:
- get the light right: when it comes to high-stakes situations when you need to look your best, it is highly recommended to use three natural, soft light sources: two behind your webcam (one on the left, one on the right) and one right behind you;
- watch your angle: if angled down too much, you will put your fellow meeting-goers in the position of towering over you. You want the lens to be right at eye level. A tripod can get you there and hold the camera steady which is a must-have for frequent video chatters;
- look good: put some flattering, solid colors near your face, just like television news anchors do. Check your teeth for remnants of lunch. Make sure the temperature is comfortable enough to proceed through the whole conversation without sweating or freezing;
- arrange the background: junk and clutter is bad enough. Your bed with dirty laundry on it is unprofessional. Or worse, you may have something sitting there that is part of the scenery to you but jarring to everyone else;
- get rid of distractions: if you are calling at home and your younger brother or sister is likely to bother you, then you need to hire a babysitter or ship them off elsewhere. And pets are not an exception here;
- be prepared: make sure you have checked all the boxes from your “getting ready for a video call list” and relax. No need to worry, now the only thing left is to go with the flow.
When going online for a video chat or a call, one should be prepared for technological discrepancies and disruptions. Not to let this happen, it is vital to get everything ready in advance. Such issues as background and communication with other people who may disrupt a conversation are also on the list of to-dos.