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A few months ago, group meetings would usually take place in a conference room around a table. Now every business has had to learn how to communicate via group video chats. For some industries this is nothing new, but for others it is a completely new way of holding a meeting and there is a learning curve.

Let us look at ways to make sure you make a good impression during business meetings, even if you are sitting at home looking at your screen.

Have proper lighting

You probably have heard the phrase “Lights, camera, action!” “Lights” goes first because a camera can only do so much with bad lighting.

Overhead lighting is the worst kind because it creates shadows under your eyes. Sitting behind a window is also not recommended as the sunlight will cause a bright glare. Instead, sit in front of the window so the light is to your advantage. To look your best, use soft light by placing them behind you on your left and right corners with a white background.

Have a good background

Speaking of backgrounds, you should still make the effort to clean up wherever you are during the call. A cluttered background will prove distracting for the people watching or in some cases may prove embarrassing. No one should see your pile of dirty underwear, and your boss may not be interested in seeing your poster of Baby Yoda.

Position your camera at a correct angle

Although you are not using an expensive camera on a tripod, you should still put some effort into placing it at the right angle to capture your face. Place your camera about an arm’s length away from you while making sure to give a bit of space between the top of your hair and the top of the frame. It should capture the triangle of your forehead to your shoulders in the frame.

Dress for the occasion

Tempting as it may be to stay in your pyjamas while working a home, you should clean up a little for a video call. Wear solid colours, wash your face, and brush your teeth in case you just had lunch and have spinach in your teeth. If the room is warm, don’t wear too many layers so you don’t start sweating.

Check your audio

It’s one thing to look good with the right clothing and lighting, but if no one can hear each other it won’t be much of a meeting. Everyone should keep their microphones muted unless it is their turn to speak, which will reduce the chances of background noises distracting participants during the call. You should also use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone and to block out any noises that might be around you.


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The need to work from home is now more present than ever, which is proving challenging for any business that wishes to make team building activities. Fortunately, it is still possible for a group of people to see each other and enjoy team building activities by using video software. Here are some creative ways to keep your employees engaged and connected using some well-organized Zoom calls.

Help your team members get to know each other

Video calls can be used for all aspects of a business and not just to organize formal work meetings. You can organize activities in which employees show off some of their home life such as their work area, their cooking skills, introduce their pets or any other interesting details that helps the team feel connected. One way to keep everyone engaged is to have different team members lead fun games during the meetings. Employees can then stay focused and have a laugh together.

Introducing new team members

Instead of just saying their names and their work experience when new employees join the team, have them share some fun facts during an introductory video so they can each highlight their particular personality. This way people will not be having the same first conversation every time a new person comes onboard, and the employees can relate to each other through fun conversations. 

Just relax and have some fun

Michael Scott of TV’s The Office would be the first to encourage having some fun in the workplace and this would be one of the instances where he would be right. Human resources company CIPHR has found that happy employees are more productive and healthier. One way to make sure employees are having fun each week is to host social Zoom calls hosted by volunteer team members. During these calls you can host dance parties, organize indoor competitive sports tournaments, or host a discussion on whatever show everyone is watching, whether it is The Mandalorian or Stranger Things.

Whatever you choose to do, these activities should be inclusive and allow everyone to participate. For parents this could be a way of keeping their children entertained, and for anyone else it could be a way to keep their social life active. These stress-free activities will keep your team socially active, happy, and unified.


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