Thursday, 22 April 2021

Video Call Lighting - 12 Easy Steps to Make You Look Better

Tips to help you improve the way you look on video calls!

Lighting options, light positioning, light influencers 

Written by Robyn T. Braley

First impressions are everything! The quality of your video call lighting will determine how people see you.

People form an instant opinion about you based on how you look online! If your image is too dark or too bright, that makes a statement. Ultimately, lighting influences how others receive the messages and ideas you try to communicate.


Before getting stressed about lighting though, relax. Solutions may be simpler than you think.


My tips will improve the quality of your video calls. All you need is an open mind and the patience to try different options. 


Some lighting tips cost nothing. Others cost less than $100. 


In This Post

  • Natural Lighting
  • Available Lighting
  • Home-made Lighting
  • Professional Lighting
  • Light Diffusers
  • What to Wear


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Radically Improve Your Video Call Performances




Connecting

Video conferencing allows people to connect face-to-face in real-time, even when thousands of miles apart. Any device with a camera can connect from anywhere that has internet service.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

You too can be a Garage Sale Guru! Tips for Garage Sale Success

 


Your basement is filled with treasures. Well, you call them treasures. Your family calls them junk. 


There are so many things taking up so much space there is no clear path to – well – anywhere!

The die is cast. A date is chosen and the process of organizing your garage sale begins. 

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Sunday, 28 February 2021

Improve the Audio Quality of Your Video Calls with Seven Easy Steps





Written by Robyn T. Braley

The New Reality

Video conferencing has become a matter of necessity due to the COVI9-19 experience. As it became commonplace, we began to better understand the communication needs of the virtual space. 


Whether you speak to an audience of 1 or 100, your sound quality makes a statement about you. If people can't understand you, they can't engage with your ideas and opinions.  


Audiences will make allowances for poor visuals but will not tolerate shoddy audio. My purpose in this post is to help you improve the sound of your voice on video calls. 

Thursday, 28 January 2021

55 Original Quotes to Uplift, Inspire and Chase Away the COVID Blues



Written by Robyn T. Braley


Those who follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook know that I write original quotes. I’ve written about 700 and add to the list almost every day.

My plan was to post periodic articles featuring them. However, the need for other content always seems to take precedent. With the news we’ve had recently, now is the time.


If you need to be encouraged, inspired, or amused, this post is for you! Perhaps you are experiencing deep sadness and need to be reminded there is hope. Or, maybe you just need a laugh.
If you are active on social media, please cut and paste any of my quotes and post them as your content. I've made it easy by dividing them into topics and including my name with each one. 

We are living in yet another COVID-19 lockdown—world economies have punished some while rewarding others. Political systems that are considered unshakable are under threat from insurrectionists. Our outlook is made worse by the paralyzing fear of the unknown. 

Think Differently 


A timely quote can cause you to think differently. A few wise words can inspire you to turn your life around and take a new path. 

In a moment of desperation, a simple phrase can give you hope where none existed. In a moment of great accomplishment, a quote can sum up in a few words what you are feeling inside. 

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Which Community Organizations Should You Donate to During COVID-19?

Wearing a mask has been a constant weapon in the fight against #COVID19

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Robyn T. Braley is a brand specialist, writer, speaker, community leader and media commentator. He is the President of UniMark Creative Inc. 

The last day of December 2020 is the last day to be able to receive tax credits for donations to worthy causes.

How has the COVID pandemic impacted charitable giving?

COVID-19 has amplified the financial needs in our communities to levels not seen in Alberta for decades! Some businesses have failed. Thousands have been laid off and out of work for almost a year.

They are desperate. Families are in distress.

All of this brings increased pressures at food banks, family resource agencies, addictions recovery organizations, youth programs, and mental health services. Counsellors are overwhelmed by the number of people seeking help.