Whether you are speaking at or attending a virtual event, hosting a webinar, organizing a full-scale virtual summit, or even a simple networking happy hour, investing in some basic tools can help to level up your appearance and the overall experience for everyone involved.
Think of the virtual environment as a venue. The goal is for everyone to forget that they are sitting behind a computer screen. You can accomplish this with a multitude of technology and products.
To help you get started, I have created my own “Little Black Book” of Resources packed with all your tech needs and some of my favorite products
There is no shortage of options (in every price range), and everyone has their own preference. If you are just getting started and want to enhance your appearance these are my top 4 must-haves:
Lighting is imperative to the quality of your video. Most of you are probably familiar with ring lights. A horizontal LED light is THE hack if you wear glasses and want to avoid that dreaded light circle reflection.
Nothing makes you forget you are virtual like crystal clear audio. This microphone creates an echo-free, crisp sound that will have your attendees feel like they are right there with you.
Camera angles.. Need I say more? A laptop stand props your computer up so your camera is at eye level. No one wants to look up your nose, and you certainly don't want the appearance of extra chins!
If you are going to use a virtual background make sure it looks GOOD. If you have a less than camera-ready background, a green screen and proper lighting will make a world of difference