Make your online meeting look professional

How to Make Your Online Meeting Look Professional

Did you know that 16% of companies in the world are completely remote? Let’s face it, most of us are working from home right now — and it could very well be the new norm of how we do our jobs.

Ways To Make Your Online Meeting Looks More Professional

You’re no stranger to video calls and online meetings if you work from home. We’ve all been there — you’re trying to sound professional, and suddenly, your neighbor starts blasting music, or your dog goes on a barking frenzy. It can make you look a little less put-together!

Looking a little ruffled when you’re meeting with your colleagues is completely tolerable. But when you’re on a sales call with potential clients, your online meeting should look professional to create a positive first impression.

You don’t want to lose potential sales because your online meeting doesn’t look professional, right?

In this article, you’re going to learn 7 tips to make your online meeting look more professional.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Pick the proper meeting platform

The first tip in our list on making your online meeting look professional is by choosing the best online meeting platform for the occasion.

There are a plethora of free and premium online meeting platforms that you can use. You should choose a platform depending on what type of online meeting you’re hosting.

Most free platforms offer essential features that you’d need for a short meeting with a few attendants. But when it comes to hosting a more complex online meeting, you will need more than just the essentials.

Picture this: You’re giving a webinar for students or leading one for your company. Sure, you could get by with the bare minimum, but wouldn’t things be better with cool features like surveys and a custom look that matches your brand?

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Another example is when you’re hosting a team meeting with your colleagues. Features such as document sharing, multiple speakers, and private messaging can help you deliver a discussion space that feels and looks more professional.

2. Set a special room for your online meeting

The next thing you can do to enhance your online meeting is setting up a special home office or a separate room.


If you are among the 77% of people who are more productive when working from home, having a designated home office could skyrocket your output even more.

Ideally, you should have a room that has carpet and furniture in it. A carpeted room complete with well-positioned furniture tends to have the best acoustic for web conferences.

Having an online call in an empty and uncarpeted room can result in many echoes — which is not what you want for a meeting.

3. Create a good lighting setup

Having a video conference call in a dim room can make you look unprofessional. What’s even worse is if your laptop doesn’t have the best camera module, it won’t be able to show your face in low light conditions.

There are several effective ways to enhance the lighting for your online meetings:

  • Move your desk next to a natural light source.
  • Get a standalone ring light or desk light.
  • Use a bright-colored desk to reflect light.

If your laptop’s camera still shows grainy video despite the excellent lighting, it might be time to get an external USB webcam with better image quality.

4. Test the technical aspects before the meeting

Nothing can make you look more unprofessional than having mic or camera problems in the middle of a video conference. This is why you should always perform a test run before actually jumping in on the meeting.

If you’re not sure how to test your online meeting setup for errors, follow these pointers:

  • Join your meeting with a secondary device to see if there’s any problem with entering the room.
  • Check if your mic is picking up your sound.
  • Try speaking with your secondary device to see if your speaker is working correctly.
  • Test your camera to ensure it’s feeding to the meeting platform.
  • Do a presentation dry run to see if your screen sharing works correctly.
  • Ensure that you have a stable internet connection.

While you can’t completely prevent technical issues, conducting a dry run can minimize the risk of errors happening in the middle of a meeting.

5. Raise your camera to eye-level

Most people tend to position their laptop flatly on their desk, which leads to the camera showing your face at an awkward angle.

If your laptop is sitting below eye level from you, there’s a good chance that you will show your nostrils in your online meetings — and that’s not a flattering angle for most people.

Use laptop stands to raise its position to eye level, or get a tripod if you’re using an external webcam. Lifting your camera position will create a more natural image, as if you and your meeting partner are sitting across from each other.

6. Turn on do not disturb on your devices

It’s not a deal-breaker by any means, but having your phone go off in the middle of an online meeting could be distracting for you and other participants. In a webinar or large-scale conference setting, the slightest distraction could result in you looking unprofessional.

In addition to your phone, you should also turn off notifications on your laptop or desktop computer. The last thing you want to happen in a webinar is to have 100+ people reading a personal email notification in the middle of your presentation.

7. Dress up properly

The key to making your online meeting look professional is by, well, looking professional. Try to dress the part by wearing an appropriate outfit when presenting a webinar or at a video conference.

Listen, if it’s a voice-only call, no one cares if you’re rocking your pajamas! But, if there’s even a tiny chance you might end up on camera, save yourself the awkward dash to change by wearing something presentable from the start.

Ready to Level Up your Online Meeting?

Although online meetings seem like a trivial matter these days, some situations can make you look unprofessional to your meeting partners.

Since 85% of managers believe that remote working will be the new norm, there’s nothing wrong with levelling up your professionalism during online meetings.

Making your online meetings look more professional is not always about using fancy software and an HD camera. Simply dressing up for the part and preparing an ideal environment could result in an efficient meeting.

Andre Oentoro
Andre Oentoro

Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).

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