Friends, when we started to use video at the onset of COVID, I advised to be thoughtful about how we present ourselves. We are now 8 months into COVID and video calls are no longer a novelty. It’s time to take video calls seriously. One company leader I spoke with said that it is now REQUIRED for pitch meetings that those participating have lights, a green screen, and decent microphone. Over the top? No, it’s not. Here’s a screen capture from that drove me to write this post. It time to CARE about what others see (laundry day!) and hear when we’re on video.
It’s time to step up to well lit, clear sounding calls that make a positive impression.
Is what I’m recommending complicated? NO. Extravagant? Here’s the budget:
– Light ring for face lighting: $35 to $200 (other lighting options, $100 to $200)
– Bluetooth headset with boom mic: $35
– Green screen: $100 to $200, (with a thoughtful, uncluttered background, you can get by without that)
TOTAL, to look and sound pretty good: $70 to $425
Do it already.