Stop Avoiding Skype Video Calls; Learn How to Look Your Best

Skype is a great tool that helps you maintain a relationship with your clients and save money on travel costs.  Your sales team can use Skype to host video conference calls with potential customers.  Members of your executive team can host video conference calls to make a face-to-face connection with your company’s top clients.   And, instead of insisting that your virtual sales team meet weekly in-person, you can schedule a Skype video group chat and save yourself the hassle of reimbursing your staff for travel time.

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If you haven’t started using Skype for video calls, is it because no matter how great you look in the mirror, you can’t duplicate that look on Skype?

World renowned lighting designer, Christopher Thompson says  “people tend to have too much light around them or behind them and not enough light on them,” said Thompson. “So you become a silhouette. The introduction of light falls on your face in relation to the rest of the room.  You want it to be on you but reflected off of something in order to eliminate harsh light.”

Thompson provides the following 5 Skype lighting tips:

1.   Take a light and bounce it off of the wall adjacent to where you’re sitting so that it is lightly illuminating your face.

2.   Make sure that light that is bouncing onto your face is brighter than the rest of the light in the room.

3.  Adjust the light to hit behind the computer so that it is directed at you but falls on your face.

4.   The room lighting behind you should be toned down but not off. This can be done by dimming the surrounding light fixture in your house.

5.  The ambient lighting in the room behind you should also be toned down but not off. This can be done by keeping an appliance or item that produces light in your house on, such as a TV.

If you’ve been avoiding Skype video calls because you’re afraid you won’t put your best face forward, invite a very forgiving friend to a Skype video call so you can try the tips provided by Thompson.  Once you’ve perfected the art of lighting, you’ll never avoid video conference calls again.

Do you have any other great lighting tips to share?

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