And any other form of video communication! First impressions count & these tips are easy to implement to present you in your best light, to put your best foot forward.
There’s nothing worse than catching a glimpse of yourself on your Skype meeting and wondering if the other person is thinking what cave you crawled out from.
Although we mightn’t like to admit it, but first impressions count. How someone sees you in the first 7 seconds of meeting you might leave a lasting impression.
If it’s a job interview, casting or something that’s important for your business branding, then it’s important to put your best foot forward.
I believe anyone can look great on any form of video communications. Whether that’s Skype, Facebook live, Periscope, YouTube or even a webcam chat with your man.
You don’t need an army of staff that usually get’s the Victoria’s Secret Angels ready.
But what you will need to do is a couple of simple tweaks that will ultimately improve how you look on video!
1. Put some effort into your appearance
Although this step is optional, I believe that when we feel good, our confidence and personality can shine through. Makeup does that for me. I always feel better when I’ve put effort into how I look and I feel that if it’s an important meeting it’s imperative to make a good impression. Anything that will give us the edge over someone else.
2. Clean your desk and workspace to remove distractions
I’m a serial fidgeter. Anything on my desk I will play with or get distracted by. For that reason, I will clear most things off except for a notepad and a cup of tea.
3. Face the light source for flattering lighting
Although this can be inconvenient, but you really do look amazing when you face a natural light source. It will blast away any imperfections – it’s why it’s a Supermodels best friend. If you’re Skyping at night, turn off any overhead lighting and place a lamp or light behind your computer so it’s shining directly on your face. It will mimic facing a bright window. If you want to learn more about lighting, check out my ebook here which goes into depth about looking good in photos.
4. Lift your computer the eliminate any double chins
Most of us have to look down at our computer or camera lens when we are on video. The downside to this is looking down causes a double (sometimes triple!) chin. For a flattering jawline and to eliminate this, lift your computer or even phone up so you’re looking up at the lens rather than down at it.
5. Hide any mess in the background
Your potentially new boss doesn’t want to see your undies in the background or the 3 cups of tea sitting on your bedside table that you can’t be bothered taking back to the kitchen (or is this just me!?). So hide any mess. Keep in mind even if you can’t see any mess when you’re sitting, it might be different if you have to get up to grab something. For this reason, clear any shit behind you AND remember to put on pants.
6. Look at the lens, not yourself on the screen
If you’re Skyping and talking to someone, don’t look at them on the screen, although this is fairly tempting! Look at the lens, that way it will appear like you’re looking directly at the person.
Although these tips seem small and to some they might seem silly, first impressions do count.
If you want to see these tips in a snappy little video showing what-to-do and what-not-to-do, watch below!