Remember the good ole days when you could meet up with a professional contact and shake their hand? It feels like long ago, doesn’t it? The handshake has been a symbol of trust since ancient Greece, but in this day and age we have to rely on establishing connections remotely. I have actually done this since the start of my career, 30 years ago! I have made beautiful and long lasting connections with people I’ve never met in person. Up until fairly recently I’ve only had to rely on phone calls, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t make use of cameras with today’s technology. You can still earn your client’s trust and respect, even if it’s over a camera phone! You just need to get these five things right:
- Have the right tools
You don’t need a fancy camera worth $10,000! If you’ve got a good quality smartphone and headphones, you’ve got the tech! Good lighting will make your face look smoother and kinder. But the most important part here is: do make sure you’ve got good internet connection! I can’t stress this enough! Nobody has got the time for lagging or freezing.
Your clients want to feel like they are sitting in front of you, looking at your face from the most natural angle. Avoid the frog perspective! You do not want to look like you’re towering over them or looking down on them. (No one wants to see up your nose!)
- What does your face say
I know that when I talk and I get very passionate and excited about the subject, my face can look animated. I can even look angry. I have to make sure to control my face a little bit, so that I don’t intimidate my clients or put them off me.
- Mind the filler words
You will notice that being on camera can put pressure on you, which might cause you to use more fillers. I am guilty of this too! Mind your ‘ums’, ‘errrs’ and ‘likes’. There are a lot of great vocal coaches who can help you with this, but the easiest way to solves this problem is to…
- Film yourself talking
If you’re not sure of how you will come off on camera – film yourself first. You will be surprised how different you can come off on camera, and you want to make sure to really finess how you talk, look and the vibes you give off!