by Barbara Webb
Who knew how many jobs could actually be done from home. Communicating with co-workers and clients by virtual platforms like Zoom and Teams is now a daily necessity for many. And while you may have had other advice on your home office setup, may I share from my perspective as a professional designer and home stager?
Here are three ideas to improve your professional image for online meetings and professional phone calls.
1. Good lighting
Have your light sources in front and to each side of you. A window or other light source behind you puts you in the shadow and not center stage. Test the color of light bulbs to get the best one for your skin tone. I suggest a warmer tone. Look for the Kelvin scale on the bulb box showing the bulb's warm or cool color. Leave the cool bulbs for the hospitals!
Consider purchasing a professional ring LED light. Many are in the $100 range. Goodness, you would pay $60 for a decent table lamp. Proper lighting will make you glow like a pro!
2. An Attractive Background
Do I really have to say it... NO virtual backgrounds. And we have all giggled at newscasters who have broadcast from their bedrooms.
Set up in front of a bookshelf with items that relate to your work. Or, use a simple world map, a nice piece of art with no glass (so no glare), or even a black fabric backdrop will do (make sure to iron it!).
Here's a trick: Take a large art canvas and wrap it in a tasteful fabric.
3. An Emergency "Phone Booth" Plan
Working from home can have many unexpected hurdles to maintaining your professional appearance.
You are now Superman or Superwoman juggling all the distractions of your home and professional life. You need a nearby "phone booth" to run into and put on your super suit.
Have an escape route planned for an unexpected important phone call. Many of us now have a "take a kid to work day" every day.
Maybe your "phone booth" is in the garage, a pantry, or even a closet ... hopefully a walk-in!
Have a plan.
Here are a few photos of home offices Webb Home Staging has created. Enjoy!
Owner & Interior Designer