Be presentable: Tips on how to prepare yourself before Zoom Meetings. After the pandemic struck, video calls have become part of everyday life, allowing locked-down people to stay in touch. A lot of companies that had to continue working from home used video call platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
Zoom, Google Meet, FaceTime, and all sorts of other video conference applications have been essential in our lives after the pandemic hit. They became a safe way to communicate, and we’d struggle to live without them now.
However, there is also a downside to this, and some calls have gone viral more for the comedy factor than the professional one. Remember the conference meeting of a company and the boss turned herself into a potato?
my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting pic.twitter.com/uHLgJUOsXk
— Rachele Clegg (@PettyClegg) March 30, 2020
Or these cute children interrupting a BBC News interview
video credit BBC News
Before important Zoom meetings begin, you should take some extra time to prepare and make yourself look good.
Here are our tips to ensure you are prepared and presentable:
We recommend applying makeup before your meeting. Even if you are at home, you still want to look professional and presentable when talking online. But this also doesn’t mean that you have to overdo it.
Your overall makeup look should be simple, subtle, fresh, and not too glamorous to ensure you are not distracting for the viewers.
- Skin. Moisturize your skin before applying your makeup. Select the best brand that suits your skin. Makeup aside, a good skincare routine is essential, particularly as part of self-care through these challenging times.
- Face. Apply a foundation lightly. Select a foundation that matches your skin tone and add concealer only where necessary to hide dark spots and blemishes.
- Eyes. Use neutral shades of eyeshadow and do not overdo them with glittery and shimmery eyeshadows. You can apply a thin liquid eyeliner or black shadow in the lash line along with mascara to ensure your eyes stand out.
- Cheeks. You can look washed out in a Zoom call, and while our lighting setup plays a big part in this, applying a blush will help to give you more life and colour. Use a blush that’s a little bit more vivid than you would usually wear but again, don’t overdo it.
- Lips. The best way to get the illusion of a full face of makeup is to use a bold lip color. A pop of color on the lips can transform your whole look and demeanor on the call.
Your hair should be well-groomed in a way that looks neat, professional, and not too fancy.
- Buns. You can try low knot or high buns. Buns are the most effortless hairstyle to make. Low knot or High buns are often viewed as a professional and sophisticated hairstyle. Works best for long hair.
- Headband. Easy and only takes a few seconds to do. Select a headband that is simple and isn’t too fancy. You can wear it either with your hair down or in a ponytail.
- Braids. There are so many options with braids; French braid, Dutch Braid, Braided Ponytail etc. Creating braids can be easy for some but not so easy for others but practice makes perfect! Braids are perfect for any occasion, they can look casual yet professional.
- Ponytail. Our favorite type of ponytail is the High Ponytail that works best for any event and best for long hair. It elongates the face shape and feels very much like a ‘power hairstyle.’
We are usually tempted to wear casual, comfortable loungewear while working at home. However, you want to ensure that you look professional during a Zoom conference/meeting. Wear solid color clothing, an appropriate and professional-looking top, which means a blouse with sleeves and a neckline that isn’t too low. Also, wear something that is not too structured and not too fitted so you would still feel comfortable while in a meeting. What you do with the bottom half is up to you so long as it’s not seen on camera, although we will say that dressing fully for the day has a positive influence on your mindset.
2. Environment and Backgrounds
A lot of the Zoom meetings that go viral are usually in environments or with backgrounds that have been overlooked. These can be distracting and look untidy, which impacts the overall appearance and feel of the call.
- Before the meeting, set up your office or room and ensure you are sitting in front of a neat and neutral background.
- Whether you are using a room in the house or office, check and make sure that it doesn’t look messy and that the decor is apporopraite. You can add plants in your background to make it look clean and relaxing.
- To avoid any others in your home that may unintentionally show up in your background, tell them that you are having a conference/meeting and make sure to shut or lock your room.
- If you do not want to show your room or your original background then you can check the video call application you are using to see if it has a virtual background option. Zoom has virtual background settings. All you have to do is:
- Download an image or video of your choosing. Always select an appropriate background image.
- On the desktop app, navigate to Preferences in the settings menu. …
- You will then see Virtual Backgrounds, where you can choose from the preloaded options, or upload your own by clicking the plus (+) icon to the right of Video Filters.
3. Technical and Equipment
- Always check your internet connection and speed. You need at least 5mbps to have a clear video call.
- Thirty minutes before the meeting, see if your laptop or desktop is working well so and check for any technical issues. If you are using a laptop, check the battery or plug the power chord to avoid power disruption.
- If you have children or in a noisy environment, consider using noise-canceling headphones.
- Before the meeting, check the mic and camera works well by video calling someone in your home, or a friend elsewhere, to check that your screen and sound are clear. You can also review your background and your appearance while doing this.
- Be on time. Standby ten minutes before the meeting and make sure that you are not late. Punctuality always makes you look good and professional and ensures you are not going into the call flustered.
Lastly, relax and smile. Smiling is the most powerful tool. You always look presentable and approachable when you smile.
“Confidence comes from being prepared”
If you’re considering doing your makeup yourself then you might want to read this.