#19 Beware the wandering pet and it’s tail and the disappearing appendages (yours and theirs)
There are few things more distracting than people or pets or their tails
Close the door, or as Felicity Kay does, have peanut butter ready to calm the dog.
Talking with your hands is great, expressive and engaging, EXCEPT when your arm or parts of it disappear or distort into your virtual background Avoid stretching motions, we are seldom aware of how much we talk with our hands or how much we actually fidget when we are on a call…
And make sure not to lean too far back and have your head disappear into your background.
While it is amusing to see someone’s arms (or head) disappear and reappear it is somewhat distracting…
Sitting in front of a screen is distracting enough as it is!
#20 Use the blur function from your zoom video settings
And as always, unless your purpose is to entertain, you want to as few distractions as possible.
It makes you stand out more on your screen, there is also a touch up your appearance feature which is quite frankly brilliant
It seems like such a timely question going into the Jewish New Year.
That was the questions that was asked during the breakout rooms at Jeff Pulver’s weekly networking Zula this past Thursday, at least those rooms I had the honor of hosting…
and these where the responses in the order they were received: Creative Honest Forward thinking Thinkers listeners Thoughtful Generous Kind Self-aware Balanced Ethical Empathetic Philanthropic with their time (not just their money) Straight forward Candid Self care Integrity
Self-honest about overcoming their own perceived fears Compassionate Forgiving
What do you think makes a good person?
Shanah Tova Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
The importance of a good first impression on the small screen
Framing is everything. Think of looking in the mirror. Don’t you want a more complete picture?
#9 Have your camera at eye level or even higher.
It makes your face look thinner, hides a double chin (for those of us that have them) and is a more flattering look.
Put your laptop on a pile of books if you have to.
Think of all those people taking selfies, holding their phones up, they know what they’re doing!
# 10 Center yourself on the frame.
Think of a good portrait.
Center yourself so that we can see at least a bit below your shoulders, no one wants to see just a head and neck, it’s disconcerting.
# 11 Lighting, lighting, lighting.
I can’t emphasize it enough, we want to see your face!
The ideal is if you have a window behind your computer, nothing flatters more that direct light.
If that is not possible put a light behind your computer, it doesn’t need to be fancy, a desk light will do the trick.
Your computer camera will automatically focus on the brightest spot in the room if you have a window behind you, your face will be in shadow, pull down the shade or move so that we can all see your beautiful face.
Drop me a line if you want the cheat sheet with all 30 tips!
Simple rounded silhouettes will always pique curiosity, especially in neutral, natural colors.
These shapes and colors calm the mind and ignite the soul. Creating a need to know more.
Invoking nature and peace. There is a quiet confidence that comes with wearing these colors and shapes, that draws people in, and makes them want to get to know you, someone who is comfortable enough in their own skin to wear what feels comfortable even if it’s not strictly conventional.
You make it work, with quiet elegance, grace and of course style!
It comes across as confident, without the trying too hard.