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Invest in Good Lighting

Invest in Good Lighting

And don’t forget to invest in good lighting, such as a ring light — lighting really is everything!

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MORE IDEAS FROM How to Dress for a Virtual Presentation | Next Level Wardrobe

Make Sure Your Zoom Background is on Point

Think of your Zoom background as the must-have accessory of 2021. It should reflect who you are and support your message — and yes, people are judging you on it.

Use your background as an opportunity to communicate who you are.

Some things to consider placing in your background are your favorite books, travel mementos, potted plants or a vase of flowers, and/or framed photos.

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Don’t Forget Your Accessories

When your audience’s view of you is limited, pay close attention to what they are going to see — and this includes accessories.

For men, this might mean a stylish pair of eyeglasses.

For women, I recommend playing with lip color, earrings, or nail polish (for all those hand gestures).

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First, decide what your style objective is.

Start by asking yourself two questions:

1. Who are you presenting to?

For example: Are you speaking to a group of high school students, or an audience of high-powered executives?

2. What are you going to be speaking about?

For instance, are you giving a formal sales presentation or an informal talk?

This will help you decide if you want to convey authority and seriousness with your outfit or if a more laid-back look would be appropriate.

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Wear a Collared Shirt

When your audience can only see you from the chest up, you want to pay close attention to what you’re wearing on top.

Think of a collared button down shirt as the older, more responsible sibling of a t-shirt; a collared shirt looks more grown-up, professional, and put together.

It’s also flexible and versatile: Need to be more formal? Layer a blazer over it.

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"Above Keyboard Dressing"

With so many people now working from home, many of them permanently, Zoom meetings are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

While “above keyboard dressing” has been popular during the pandemic, it’s a proven fact that you’ll feel more confident if you’re dressed to impress.

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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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  • 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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