During the past year, the world has had to adapt and change the way it does things due to the global pandemic. The work-life of most professionals is one such example of this; home has become the office and Zoom calls have become virtual meeting rooms. Although lounging in pyjamas whilst working from home feels tempting, when attending or hosting Zoom meetings it is important to remember that the way you present yourself is still relevant and doesn’t go unnoticed. Far from it in fact!
Here are some tips you can use to ensure that you maintain professional etiquette when participating in Zoom meetings from the TishTash Team…
Dress for the occasion
It is much easier to fall into the trap of wearing comfy clothing when you’re working from home. That’s all well and good, however in the case of Zoom meetings, you are often in the presence of your team, bosses and/or clients. By dressing professionally for a call, you show that you have made an effort and you will be taken more seriously. First impressions are vital and you should always use the opportunity to put your best foot forward.
Practical Tip: Choose your outfits in the morning, or even the night before if you like to be extra prepared. That way you won’t be running around last minute. We plan a week ahead here at TishTash, but we’re an organised bunch of ladies!
Look directly at the camera and maintain a good posture
In a presentation or meeting, you’re accustomed to standing and talking, as well as communicating non-verbally with everyone via eye contact and body language. Likewise, on a Zoom call, you should still be conscious of these things regardless of whether you are fully visible to other people or not. A study done by Ohio State University demonstrated that posture not only improves how other people view you but also improves how you view yourself. As for eye contact, we all know the importance of it, so during a Zoom call, it’s important to focus on the camera and not on your own face or the slides. While it may feel a little strange at first, your audience will feel that you’re speaking directly to them and will connect with you on a deeper level.
Practical Tip: Try turning off the camera view so that you can’t see yourself as you’re presenting and eliminate other distractions that would pull your focus away from the camera.
Usually, Zoom meetings have an invite sent out in advance stating the date and time. Just like you would try to be on time for a physical meeting, a Zoom meeting is no different. Arriving a few minutes late keeps the others on the call waiting which might not seem like a huge deal, but if you arrive on time it shows that you are eager and prepared. People will pick up on this and appreciate it.
Practical Tip: Make sure Zoom is downloaded on your devices beforehand and that it works smoothly. Open the link to your Zoom call a few minutes in advance so that you are already prepared for when it begins.
Hopefully, the tips above will help you handle your future Zoom meetings in a far more confident and professional manner.
Remember – making a good impression is important and the way you present yourself always matters, even in Covid times!
With Love, The TishTash Team xx
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