Video chat makes the world a seemingly smaller place.
In 2005, I was interviewing for a job in a different state, and the potential employer went to great lengths to set-up a video conference job interview so we could chat “in person” before moving further along in the process.
Both of us had to work with local community colleges to arrange conference rooms where we could hook into the campuses’ Internet service and use their cameras for chat. In fact, in 2010 I participated in another cross-state job interview and had no problem at all connecting and chatting with the potential employer via Skype.
Video chatting makes it possible to stay in touch with friends and family, connect with business partners, and host get-togethers with people you’ve never met.
However, when you improve the quality of your video, you tilt the scales in your favor.
Luckily, enhancing your video quality is surprisingly easy.
Google Hangouts is a bit buggy, but an excellent option for individuals who want to organize large, private conference calls, or who want to stream interviews from the video chat function directly to a You Tube channel.
For instance, when I helped host the Blog Well Summit online conference series (geared toward health and wellness bloggers and focusing on blog design, branding, and development), we held our live interview panels through Google Hangouts.
When light is shining toward your back and into the camera lens, it makes everything in the foreground – that’s you – show up dark.While it’s possible to get by with sub-par video quality, the quality of your interactions, level of your professionalism, and even the business opportunities you’re offered may expand when you improve it.Think about the “halo effect.” In essence, it’s the idea that when someone forms a favorable or unfavorable impression of someone or something, that impression is then transferred to other, unrelated aspects of that same person or thing.While it’s come a long way since its infancy at the turn of the millennium, I’m constantly surprised by how people so often fail to make the most of it.There are many video chat services, but the following are among the most popular: Skype is a mostly free video chat, file sharing, and instant-messenger service owned by Microsoft.As a freshman in college in the year 2000, I remember struggling mightily to pay my 400-minute monthly cell phone bill.