6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Zoom First Impressions

Mary Williams FIA 6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Zoom First Impressions

6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Zoom First Impressions

Happy New Year!  Are you hoping you don’t have to hear as many of these phrases in 2021?

I think you are on mute…or I can’t hear you. 

How about….these are unprecedented times, or anything referencing the new normal

or even this one….Is everyone able to see my screen?  


Honestly, be proud of yourself for surviving 2020.  Know that you developed some new skills.
I mean, just look how good we are getting on Zoom.
And speaking of Zoom, it has become one of my most frequently asked questions.
How can I make a great first impression on Zoom? It’s easier than you think.

At MWFIA, we recommend following these very doable steps.

  1. Look your best.  Ladies, wear makeup and a little darker lipstick than normal.
  2. Ensure good lighting and audio.  Test it if you are not sure and ask a friend or colleague for feedback.  And yes, practice.
  3. Clean and unclutter your space, including a non-distracting background.  Books are said to be a favorite.
  4. Look directly into the camera.  Eye contact is important.  The more you do it, the easier it will get.
  5. Be enthusiastic.  Enthusiasm somehow gets lost sometimes on camera, so be sure to use a little extra than you would in person.
  6. Last but certainly not least, speaking of the camera, it’s not a mirror. 😊

I’d love to know if these are helpful tips for you… Share your favorite in a comment below!

Also, let me know what questions do you have about Virtual Etiquette – I’ll be sure to answer them in a future blog post


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Mary Williams

Mary is a business etiquette and protocol expert for executives and rising stars who want to unleash their best self and achieve their goals. A veteran of the C-Suite, Mary is a passionate advocate for utilizing the best skills in business etiquette and protocol to ensure meaningful actions for success in business and life. After more than a dozen years in her role as chief of staff, Mary launched her own dream business, Mary Williams, Your First Impression Authority. As a graduate of The American School of Protocol and a certified Business Coach, in addition to working at the highest levels of national and international organizations, Mary understands both the demands and the complexities of maneuvering effectively through business and life.   She is a regular presenter at university business schools, nonprofit organizations, trade association conferences, as well as corporate events. Her mission is to share all she has learned along the way, and in doing so provide effective business coaching to ultimately help people reach their true potential, utilizing distinct techniques and simple steps that guarantee success.

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