For many in the U.S., it is a short week. It is also more stressful…
It is getting dark out there pretty early here in Boston. Winter is definitely coming. For many of us, that means working from home in the darkest time of the year with a pandemic spike derailing holiday plans.
Whether you love or loathe winter, this year is going to take some planning. Now is definitely a good time to solidify and execute your nesting plans and make sure you have what you need to succeed at work.
If you have not already invested in better lighting now is the time. Even in spaces with great natural light, being seen clearly over computer video sometimes requires a little help. This need not be expensive but it definitely matters.
- Meetings or 1:1 video calls: These calls need light to be on your face in a flattering way. There are selfie-style mini ring lights and mini light boxes that attach to your computer from $19-60 that will work well. Just make sure you light is in the best position in relation to your camera which might be just over it.
- Presentations, workshops, or other high-stakes events: You are definitely going to want a better lighting situation. A full size ring light or light bar (for talking head shots) and/or a pair of soft light boxes for body views will make your presence more dynamic over video.
If you don’t have a newer computer, you should really consider a webcam. It will improve your video immensely which brings you and your words into focus as well. I use the Logitech Brio (not sponsored) and love it but there are many in varying price points that will do nicely.
If you haven’t already done this I still highly recommend an external mic. This sound improvement in your calls is a game-changer. Mics allow you to bring some of the human elements we lose working remotely back into play. This does not have to be expensive for a little more advice, see this previous post.
You create your authority in speech but it must be accepted. To that end, you need to work in a space that works for you. Having seating that allows for healthy seated posture and comfort is of the utmost importance. Your desk situation is another key point. If you are presenting to a wider audience and expanding to a larger view of the room, you should also consider what people will see and how you feel in that view.
Ultimately, your voice will work best for you when your neurology, physicality, and voice are in alignment. Your space is definitely an important part of this. So, the invitation this week is simple.
Feather your nest my friends. Winter is coming.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.