Avoid Resting Zoom Face
Are you Zoom-fatigued? Don’t let your face give it away. Next time you are sitting at your desk, take a selfie—don’t smile or pose. Just get an image of how you look when you sit in front of the computer. It might scare you.
It’s not your fault. Without the “live” energy of a meeting, you may be distracted and tired. Zoom calls don’t offer many opportunities to add to the chatter because too many speakers create noise. The diminished engagement can read like “resting b*tch face” on your countenance. And nobody wants that. Here are a few tips:
Keep a very slight smile on your face at all times. Now, don’t be The Joker--just to remember to turn up the sides of your mouth just a bit. This is especially important when you are logging on to the video and unmuting yourself at the start of the call. Don’t wrinkle that brow in technical frustration as you’re clicking in. Engage and let your face show that you’re happy to see everyone. That little smile will also light up your eyes in a way that indicates a warm relationship with your audience.
Over the past year, we’ve all been told to look at the camera, clean up our backgrounds, and check our lighting. All noteworthy suggestions, but now’s the time to think back on that selfie and make a point of letting your smile, positive attitude, and radiance shine through.