With the rise in virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype, and other platforms, looking and sounding professional while online has become increasingly important.  Those of us who’ve been at this for a while, CERT for example, know how to accomplish this to the best of our abilities.  But for those of you who might be new to the game, so to speak, this might be an unfamiliar concept.  The negative impact of looking and sounding terrible during your Zoom meetings and classes really shouldn’t be understated.  It can be distracting, annoying, and at its worst it can shut things down completely. 

So, how can you look good on a webcam and sound good too?  Obviously, you can throw money at it and purchase the best webcams, microphones, headsets, and more, but you don’t necessarily have to.  That will only get you so far anyway.  Plus, some of those items might be tough to get right now due to shortages thanks to current demand. 

There’s good news though!  There are quite a few ways in which you can make the most with what you’ve got.  I highly recommend checking out Ultimate webcam tips: How to look and sound great online from Brian Cooley and CNET.  Brian does an extraordinary job explaining many of the concepts involved in making one look and sound their best during virtual meetings.  Concepts discussed include eye level, eye line, quality sound, monitor light, avoiding silhouettes, checking your background, and more (bonus points at the end).  His article is an easy read, but if you’re more of a visual learner like me, he also includes a highly entertaining and educational video.  You can find it in the article or check it out at this link – You Have to Look Good on a Webcam Today!  Watch, learn, enjoy and stay safe! 

For copy/paste links to the article and video, check the references below.  I’ve also included a link to the best webcams available in 2020 provided by Lifewire, in case any of you are in the market for a new one.  I realize many of these have gone up in price or are currently out of stock, but at least you can familiarize yourself with what’s out there. 

References: 

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ultimate-webcam-tips-how-to-look-sound-great-online/

https://www.cnet.com/videos/you-have-to-look-good-on-a-webcam-today/

https://www.lifewire.com/best-webcams-to-buy-4065141