Michelle: Karlo works for an audit firm. Now that everything is done in Zoom, everyone is working remotely. Any tip for him to still stand out and be noticed? Buy a ring light. The ring light is beloved by YouTubers and aspiring TikTok creators for casting a flattering, even glow across anyone’s face. If you are working from home and using a room that now doubles as an office, chances are, it can be poorly lit and it’s difficult to look your best in front of the camera. If you want to stand out and be noticed, first make sure you can be seen and not just be a dark shadow on the screen. But if you don’t want to spend cash for a ring light, I read that Zoom has a little-known filter on its platform that users can apply to give their faces a softer look and minimize imperfections. The “Touch up my appearance” function can be turned on directly within the Zoom app.
DJ: I noticed that people don’t usually turn on the camera in online meetings unless they’re asked. Thus, going on a webcam brings him right up on top of everyone’s minds. It’s really like showing up, like putting a personality to a name or a voice now that colleagues are no longer physically present in the office. It fosters deeper connection too which is essential in gaining influence. And because the camera is on, Karlo has to treat every meeting like he’s going to a conference room. It matters that he presents well on top while putting on a comfy bottom.
M: They say that if you look good, you feel good, you do good. So you’ve got your ring light—what’s next? You have to feel good about yourself. Sitting in front of a computer for hours can be draining and strains the eyes. It’s best to stretch from time to time, close your eyes and have some greenery around you. Having plants around your work area can give a boost. Take a bath, too!
DJ: Raising his profile now that his manager and peers can no longer drop by his cubicle to check on his progress is even more key to recognition and growth. How? Highlighting challenges or priorities for the day and what his moving forward actions are, sound like good initial steps. Closing this with key accomplishments will then seal the deal. They boost his personal brand at work without creating the impression that he’s going over his manager’s head. It also demonstrates that he’s in control of the situation. And in the absence of break time casual conversations typical in an office setting, it’s even more incredibly important these days to reach out and know how colleagues are managing. This is not about him sticking his nose where it does not belong. There’s just too much stress these days. Working remotely can also make people feel lonely. Proactively connecting with peers and even his manager not only strengthens his relationship and expands his influence but also makes him part of the solution which is a good contrast given everything that’s happening around us.
M: Sometimes, the home is not the best place to work because there are a lot of distractions: children, pets, household chores. Prepare your things, set a schedule and inform your housemates that you are at work so they don’t bother you. There have been many cases of “Zoombombing” with naked people passing behind the person in a Zoom meeting, barking dogs, and other strange happenings not known to the person but seen by others in the Zoom meeting. Don’t be caught in an embarrassing situation. Check your surroundings. Mute your mic as well if you are not presenting. As with physical or face-to-face meetings, it’s always good to be prepared, look your best, be on time and be mindful of others’ time, smile, and say thank you at the end.
DJ: The world is transitioning toward the new normal. Change is happening fast and furious. His team will be glad to know they have someone like him to count on. The best way to differentiate himself at this time of a pandemic is by being the constant in a sea of variables.