Posted on August 5, 2020 at 1:06 AM
Tags: Networking, Virtual, Webinar
We now live in a virtual world, where a large amount of networking and job
interviews are done online. Putting yourself out there isn’t always easy, especially if
it involves being on the other end of the camera. However, learning to be
comfortable on camera is something that anyone can accomplish, no matter if they
struggle with anxiety or shyness.
Here are a few tips you can use to present yourself well while being on camera:
The more prepared you are before going on camera, the more confident you
are likely to be. It is important to be sure that you have an understanding of what
you will say during the video chat – whether it’s talking about your past career
experiences with a potential employer, or finding suitable topics to discuss while
making business connections with others in your field. Like an actor preparing for a
play, it may be a good idea to rehearse what you plan on saying so that it becomes
Preparations also include making sure you are physically ready as well. Dressing
nicely is a good way to visually make an impression for your contacts. The video
chat is also more likely to go well if you’re in an upbeat mood, so try to do something
beforehand that will make you feel good (for example: listening to music you like,
moving your body, laughing). One trusted method involves going into a bathroom
and stretching your arms, as a way to improve confidence and boost your brain’s
Set Up Your Equipment Properly
Make sure that the equipment you will use works properly before the video chat
begins. Download and familiarize yourself with the features of different
videoconference platforms like Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. You’ll also want to test
the microphone to guarantee that your contacts will be able to hear you while
speaking. In addition, try to do the video chat in a well-lit area that’s free of
distractions, and have the camera face you at a good angle.
Be Mindful of Breathing and Body Language
It is essential to be as relaxed as possible when you are on camera. This means you
need to make sure you’re taking deep, cleansing breaths in order to reduce stress
and make your appearance come across as calm and self-assured. It is also a good
way to naturally self-soothe and prevent yourself from becoming too overwhelmed.
Additionally, the body language you use – from your posture to the way you speak –is incredibly vital. You’ll want to have as much poise on the video chat as you can,
while still remaining tranquil.
Bring Your Authentic Self
Lastly, bringing your authentic self on camera is a great way to ensue your success.
The contacts from the video chat will respond well to you if they get the sense that
you are being genuine with them and are showing real interest in the conversation.
Presenting yourself in a polished and unpretentious way is one of the best things
you can do to make the job interview or networking opportunity go well.