Saturday, 5 June 2021

The Ultimate Canadian Donut Rush

Canadians are very Canadian when it comes to the love of donuts!

On a recent world donut day. I was listening to the Calgary CBC Eye Opener as hosts David Gray and Angela Knight helped us celebrate.

Listeners were texting and emailing their favourites. As the volume increased the tone of the messages became harsher and signalled the conversation might spiral out of control into a full-on viral donut war! For the record, mine is an apple fritter.

The idea of a revolution caused by donuts would be hard to imagine in any part of the world but Canada. We love our donuts!

Monday, 31 May 2021

Position Your Body on Video Calls and Look like a Pro

How you position yourself on video calls directly affects engagement. 

Written by Robyn T. Braley

How you look on screen is determined by lighting, camera position, and what you wear. Conference speakers and tutorial presenters may even require light facial makeup in some situations (Note shiny bald spots). But, it's how you position yourself that makes the greatest impact. 

We have now spent 18 months locked in a virtual world. While COVID protocols may soon be further relaxed, video calls will be with us forever! That means we must constantly strive to look and sound better in the virtual world. 

Why? Let me repeat. First impressions are everything in Virtual Land.

In my last post about lighting, I stated the obvious. People who see you on a zoom call consciously or unconsciously compare you to TV Anchors.

That’s not a bad thing. Television professionals spend many hours refining every element of their look and performance so that viewers will only think about what they are saying. 

Side screen, off-screen, floating heads, and nose hairs don't cut it. 

Onscreen body positioning involves trial and error to find what is right for you in your space. In my previous 2 posts, I talked about lighting and sound. But, getting those elements right doesn't matter if you're too close or too far away from your webcam.

Body positioning is the secret sauce that will make you look like a pro. In the virtual world, perception is reality!

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Video Call Lighting - 12 Tips 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

Other Posts in this Series

Radically Improve Your Video Call Performances


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.