Frame yourself in the right way - Deepstash

Frame yourself in the right way

Make sure you have time before the meeting to pick your location and put your head fully in frame.
In a video conference, your head and the top of your shoulders should dominate the screen. Also, be mindful of your background. Distracting elements will pull attention away from you.

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MORE IDEAS FROM How to Elevate Your Presence in a Virtual Meeting

Be very aware of the power you have over your virtual and physical environments:

  • Stay on mute every time you are not speaking and unmute yourself only when you do speak.
  • Turn off your camera when you’re doing something visually distracting.
  • If you work with your kids and have to sustain a presentation, try to have someone supervise them in another room. Truly important messages require not only your colleagues’ full attention but yours as well.

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Be present

Resist the temptation to check your email or attend to other work, because you don’t want to be caught unprepared if asked a sudden question.
Close those other windows, turn your phone upside down, and remember that you’re on camera.

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Practice looking into your camera during video conferences when you speak, even for brief moments.
It's challenging to focus on your camera for an entire meeting, but know that you increase the impact of your points when you look deep into it.

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Strong voices convey authority, credibility, and confidence.
Using a loud voice will also keep you from mumbling and from speaking too quickly due to the amount of breath required.

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Use it as an opportunity to emphasize your ideas and prove that you’re fully present. A few examples: 

  • When you mention an article or shared document, link to it in the chat.
  • If you run the meeting, put a link to the agenda in the chat.

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  • Attendees often multi-task and don't pay attention to the discussion.
  • Meeting organizers tend to be less careful with the purpose and design of the conversation.
  • Usually, one or two attendees to dominate the discussion while others sit back.

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Job interviews are still mostly subjective and rarely focus on merit, work quality, or important job skills. There are always biases, preferences and on-the-spot decisions that are not entirely professional or by the book.

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Remote workers in the hybrid setup

There is a huge difference between being virtual like many were at the start of the pandemic, and the hybrid way of working that many companies are planning for.

With people split between the home and the office, companies will go from a situation where there is a single mode of communication to one where people are showing up from different locations, and potentially using different means of communication.

This could easily lead to meetings becoming confusing or tip the conversation in favor of those who are physically in the room. That could mean those who work remotely are overlooked.

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