Skype communication, in the comfort of your own home or office, is fast becoming the most popular and effective way to talk to your family, friends, colleagues and clients across the globe. No longer do you have to break your telephone budget to pay for costly national and international calls. Instead, via your broadband provider, you can get mostly free (some call charges apply) Skype calls to anywhere in the world.
But what this new style of face to face communication also does is put you on show in all your natural glory! Your face and the upper part of your torso can be viewed by whoever you are speaking with – unless you switch off the video. Think about it from a business perspective. The state of your appearance will be seen as a reflection of your brand. Consider what your standard is and make sure you meet brand you each and every time you go live on your webcam.
Imagine engaging on a Skype call with a business owner who has untidy hair, is still in their pyjamas and whose image flickers in and out from dark to light. What does their appearance say about who they are as a business person, more importantly who they are as an individual, and what about their reputation?
Here are three simple tips to help you look good on Skype each time you present yourself:
Tip 1. Position the webcam at your eye level. This allows you to look at each other, not up or down. Great to reduce double chins and nose hair for starters! When using Skype on your laptop, place it on a pile of books to bring it to your eye level. Alternatively if your webcam is attached to your PC then raise/lower your chair level.
Tip 2. Always face toward the light. If you have natural light in your office face yourself toward the window. This allows the light to fall on your face which gives a clearer, more professional view of you for your online conversation. Use a small table lamp if you have no access to natural light. Putting the light behind you will cause shadows and darkness.
Tip 3. Use an HD quality webcam. Even if you have a good inbuilt webcam, it is advisable to invest in an improved quality HD camera. With an HD webcam your picture will be sharper and the overall image quality will be much better. Remember with high definition it’s vital for you to keep up your appearance i.e. hair, makeup, attire.
Take the time to deliver a quality image on Skype and represent your business brand in the most professional way.
Written by Gail Gibson of True Expressions
Discovery, Change, Transformation
Published Author, Writer, Coach and Trainer