More Top Tips for Video-Conferencing

My best tip would be to consider your camera angle. For the most part when video conferencing, especially when using a laptop, the camera itself is below your face pointing upward. This is wrong. You should raise your camera lens to either to eye level or slightly higher than eye level by a couple of inches maximum. Camera angles that are higher (or from above) are more flattering to those on screen generally. When you position your camera lower than eye level (or otherwise from below shooting up), it makes you look intimidating and sinister. In the movies, low angles are used to signal superiority and power and are ofter used when showing the villain and other “bad guys” on screen. All are things you want to avoid conveying in your business meetings when teleconferencing. Additionally, no one wants to look up your nose through the entire meeting because your camera is shooting up your nose. It’s not a flattering look for anyone. Eye-level angles are neutral, so that angle neither communicates superiority or inferiority and this should be your first choice of camera angle for your camera angle. You can also choose to slightly raise the camera above eye-level just a small amount. Camera angles that look down can communicate vulnerability generally, making it easier to speak freely. You don’t want the camera to be too high up shooting down very far because in the movies that camera angle projects weakness. You can get away with a little bit of a downward angle, but not a lot. You don’t want to appear meek, weak or inferior on camera during your business meetings. You want to be on a relatively equal footing.