Where to Look in a Video Meeting

The massive shift to remote work has driven millions of people into one of their most dreaded situations: appearing on camera. Fortunately, it’s not as intimidating as you might think. In this video, I’ll share some simple tips I’ve learned in more than three decades of working in television when it comes to working on camera. Job one: know where to look and when to look there.

  • If you are speaking, look at the camera
  • If someone else is speaking, look at the computer, tablet, or phone screen

It really is that simple. The second key is to make your movements smooth and fluid. The camera magnifies your movements. Quick, jerky movements create a perception of uncertainty and they can undermine other people’s trust in you.

You don’t have to stare at the camera lens. It’s okay to look away and gather your thoughts. When you do look away, do it smoothly and come back to the camera smoothly.

The more you do video meetings, the more comfortable you will be come and the more poised you will look it you just follow these simple tips.

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