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Video Conferencing Guide Ezine, Issue #004 -- How to dress for a video conference
February 01, 2013

How to dress for a video conference

People most likely will not see below your waist when video conferencing, however it is still important to dress appropriately.

Remember, this is video conferencing not video chat. You may see video chat as more of a casual laid back atmosphere where you socially talk with your friends. Video Conferencing is basically more business oriented.

One of the main goals is not to offend anyone. There was a story of a man who was involved in a video conference with a group of people.

As he finished the video conference he got up from his seat. He didn’t know that the video had not been disconnected yet, only to have the group of people see that he was undressed (in his briefs) from the waist down.

Even though he was dressed in business attire from the waist up it was he should have been dressed fully.

  1. You should never give the person or group on the other end the impression that you are naked. For example, halter top shirts, tank tops, extra lose fitting clothes. This can also take attention away from what’s really important.
  2. Check your hair, make up, face. Etc. It is essential that you appear the same way on the conference (presentable) as you would like to appear in person
  3. It is recommended that you use a solid color backdrop. Background noise may also be offensive to your audience. For example, band concert posters, unmade bed, window with the sun glaring in the camera.
  4. If you don’t wear professional attire (if te conference doesn’t call for it) don’t wear pajamas, short sleeve shirts if you have tattoos, headphones, etc. As mentioned before, you wouldn’t wear this in the actual meeting.

If you take heed to the above mentioned tips you will indeed have a successful conference (as far as visual is concerned).

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