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Distracted by your face on Zoom? Do this.

Over the past year, video conferencing has become the default way of working and along with it, the weirdness of seeing your face while talking to others.

Like a mirror in a hallway, the image of your mug online can pull your attention from the task at hand. As a result, you aren’t fully present with clients, co-workers, or prospects.

Turning off your camera, especially if others on the call have theirs on, can appear rude or suspicious.

What to do?

If you find yourself watching your digital reflection more than the person speaking, refocus with this quick fix in Zoom.

  1. Hover over your video until you see the box with the ellipsis (three dots) .
  2. Left click on the ellipsis
  3. Select hide self view.

Voila! Your image disappears from the screen, you stop obsessing about how you look, and can now give your full attention to the other participants on the call.

When you want to see your video again, simply click the View button at the top right of the screen and click show self view.

The greatest gift we can give others is our attention. Don’t shortchange yours with needless self-consciousness online.

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