In today’s world of advancing technology, the days of simple phone calls are ending. Business calls, meetings, doctors’ visits, job interviews and even interpretation sessions often take place on video. But how do you maintain professionalism and make a good impression?
Here are a few tips on how to be camera ready:
1. Make sure your lighting is bright enough to be seen clearly, yet not so bright that it creates glare. Adjust the angle so that there are no shadows or reflections when others see your face. Similarly make sure the light behind you is not overly bright. When this happens, the camera’s automatic adjustments can create a shadow.
2. Check your camera position. Set it at eye level, so that you are in the center of the frame and in focus. Aim to show yourself from the waist or chest up.
3. Conduct the video session in a professional setting such as an office or meeting room. Check your video frame to be sure your video partner does not see any personal items or private decorations.
4. Wear clean and tasteful clothes, with solid colours. Patterns can appear distorted on camera, and distract the other person.
5. Use a reliable, high-speed connection and test your speed before a call. A dropped call or frozen frame can be embarrassing and possibly disastrous in a business situation.
6. Running unneeded programs in the background might lead to slow and laggy video calls, or cause programs to pop-up during the call. If you are seen clicking during the session, your video partners will feel like a low priority. Close all extra programs before the call.
7. Test the volume of your microphone in advance. Set it at a level that you can hear clearly, but make sure it is not so loud that it causes feedback. Arrange to be in a quiet room with no distractions that might cause garbled or intermittent communication.
8. Run a test before you connect the call. Record a brief session, or simply practice what you plan to say. This way you can ensure that all your settings are correct, your lighting is good, and that you have an optimal camera angle.
9. When you make a lot of video calls it pays to invest in a high-end webcam because integrated cameras only tend to capture a minimum quality image. Order a good, high-definition webcam if you want your calls to have top-of-the-line resolution.
When it comes to translation and interpretation, video sessions are far superior to simple phone calls. Video conveys facial expression, hand gestures, and other body language that can be very important in determining the level of understanding.
TikkTalk offers the opportunity to conduct interpretation sessions via video, making the process as easy as possible for businesses as well as interpreters. Using these tips and the TikkTalk service, your next video session will be brilliant!