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What not to wear in a video conference call

January 7, 2013 | Telepresence Options

main_chanie_conference.jpgThere's more to being presentable than not having curlers in your hair.

By Chanie Kirschne


I am the queen of video conference calls. That's right. I hid three pregnancies, the chicken pox, and a hideous rash -- all while videoconferencing my way into the ranks of the Mother Nature Network.

Here's the lowdown on how to do it, and do it well.
Never wear anything that gives the illusion that you're naked
This may seem like an obvious one, but after three years of working at home, I have realized that it's not. The weirdest video conference call I ever did was with a green expert in Tallahassee. I was distracted the whole time. Why? Because her bare shoulders and upper chest were showing during the whole interview. I spent the whole call wondering if she was actually wearing any clothes at all as it appeared that she had taken my call just as she was jumping out of the shower. She finally zoomed out at the end of the call and I realized that, thankfully, she was wearing an off the shoulder, low-cut sweater. Another no-no? Wearing a see-through shirt. The lighting from the computer's camera can be very unforgiving ... and telling.
Don't videoconference in pajamas -- at least the upper half of them
I can't count how many calls I've done in a smart-looking button down with a sweater over it on top, and Mickey Mouse flannels on the bottom. That's the way to go if you spend most of your day in pajamas like I do. Just be sure to change before you run out to the store. Or don't. That works too.

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