Please find the mentorship moment by Jenny Yu that was presented at our meeting last night.
1. Eye contact is the most important body language:
Do: When you‘re talking, look into the camera. It will help others on the call feel like you’re 100% engaged and present. A little tip – draw a smile on a post-it note, and stick it beside the camera
Don’t: Position the camera too low, too high. Weird camera angles can be very distracting during video conference calls. The eye level is ideal.
2. Do: Sit up straight in your chair. If you lean slightly toward the camera, you will instantly appear like an interested and attentive listener.
Don’t: Rock back and forth. That’s one distraction you don’t need, in particularly when you have a swivel chair.
3. Do introduce yourself before you talk. Consider something like "Hi it’s Jenny, I have a question.” not all of the members can access the video to tell who is speaking. Therefore, introduce yourself.
4. Location matters!
Do: Make sure the room is well lit (side lighting is the best). Use natural light from windows or simply turn on the overhead light in the room to brighten up.
Do: Background wall art or decorations should be clean or work-appropriate. This also applied to the desk! Avoid having multiple coffee mugs, dishes and trash on the surface.
5. Do: Mute your microphone whenever you’re not speaking -- even if you’re alone in the room. Background noise can be an annoying distraction. Headset is highly recommended to minimize the distraction
6. Do: dress for the occasion. Go for professional when attending the workplace related meetings, and go for casual when attending the less formal meetings. Soft make-up or hair wax helps.
7. Don’t forget to follow up! Share your presentation afterwards to prompt feedback, and keep the conversation going.