A few things you can do to look better on camera
If one thing is paramount in performing on camera in video chat that is a good and clear stream. I'll be giving you a little advice on what you could do to make it as professional as you can. First of all, we'll be starting with a few technical aspects:
- Make sure you invested in a good HD Webcam. You can find very solid choices in the price range of 100$.
- Avoid streaming from a laptop if you can and even if you do, use a wired connection instead of wireless. They tend to be much more stable and faster
- Pay attention to your lighting and its positioning. You should be mindful so that the light doesn't come too strong from any side and that there are no open lights behind you, shinning directly in the webcam
- You can also improve the connection by closing any programs that you might have installed and eating up bandwidth (Skype, opened browser with lots of Youtube pages, stuff like that)
- Try as much as you can to use the PC only for this. Avoid installing other personal software or applications that you might be using in a non-work related way. (Games, messengers)
- Periodically shut down your PC when you're not working and let it cool off. Keep it as clean as you can and if you think anything is iffy about it get it to a specialist when you can. Problems caught early are always easier to solve
Something else that is very important is the way you arrange yourself and the room in which you are. Presentation is key. I'm not going to go into the make-up part of things. We shall leave that for people more skilled than I in that department. But I am going to talk a little about your work space.
Make sure you have an appropriate background. Mind the colours, make sure they contrast nicely and it's not an amalgam of too many dark or bright shades. Also keep it as uncluttered as you can, a few elegant decorations are fine, but don't fill it with everything you can think of. Less is more. Keep an eye on the space you have to work, put some room between you and the wall behind you and leave some space for you to stand up and present yourself.
The floor itself and the desk should not be visible if you can help it. Try and frame the room around you, make yourself the centre of attention and keep everything else to be in your background. Keep your eyes on the camera and not on the screen. Give your members the impression you are talking straight at them. And last, but not least, pay special attention to your audio. Make sure there is some music playing at a softer volume at the most. You shouldn't be having a TV on anywhere or other voices heard for somewhere else. Put your phone on silent and as far away from you as you can and focus on what you're doing and remember to be relaxed and always do your best