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How to Style Your Room for an Online Video Meeting

How to Style Your Room for an Online Video Meeting

Have you ever thought about how to style your room for an online video meeting? If you’ve ever virtually met with someone on FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, or other video conferencing software, you know that what’s seen behind you matters.

Everything in the background shows up on camera, even things you wish didn’t! (Case in point – all the backgrounds from my weekly Facebook Live show, Bust Out of Boring.) I’ve had video meetings before where the person was sitting in their messy bedroom with an unmade bed in the background. Let me tell you – no matter how professional someone is, staring at their untidy bedroom is a major distraction!

So how can you make your room look best on camera for a meeting or an interview, and make you look your best too?

Choose an appropriate location.

I don’t care how pretty your bedroom is – it’s just weird to meet with someone in such an intimate space! When choosing a location for a virtual meeting or conference, think about where you’d actually meet with someone if they came to your home. I doubt you’d be snuggling up in bed together.

Your living room, office, or dining room are all potentially great spots for a Skype meeting. Your bedroom is not.

Declutter.

Less is more in a video background. Be sure to remove any obvious clutter, like loose papers, items that don’t belong in that room, and cords and cables. Consider decluttering even more ruthlessly and removing excess items to keep your backdrop from becoming a distraction. (You might just have to stick a pile of stuff in another room for a little while!)

Clean and Organize.

Do a quick dusting and vacuuming. You never know what someone on the other side of the camera might be looking at! Pay attention to any obvious signs of wear seen behind you – stains, tears, or damaged items don’t convey you in your best light.

Be selective about what’s seen behind you.

Make sure nothing looks like it’s growing out of your head. Clear out anything that’s too personal or inappropriate for a professional setting. You might be meeting virtually in your home, but it’s important to treat your space like the professional you are. The last thing you want is a potential employer blushing when he spots “The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra” guide behing you. Yeesh.

Set up the right lighting.

Natural light is awesome, and you should definitely use it to your advantage! But a ring light on a stand will be your best friend for looking uhhh-mazing on camera. (Here’s the ring light I use.) It’s a game-changer for allowing you to be evenly lit without weird face shadows. Definitely worth the investment if you appear on-camera regularly.

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