create a nice, clean, possibly on-brand background or use a virtual backdrop
think strategically about your background before you hop on
whatever you do, do not switch backgrounds during the meeting- this is a huge distraction, and if you're not doing the talking people's attention should not be diverted to you
Aughhh, if you're on the phone, please do not carry us from room to room with you, having us cooking in the kitchen or bouncing like basketball in your place of work. Again, a distraction we don't need while trying to achieve business greatness.
Yes, play along with the reindeer games and turn your video on.
However, if you need to eat, shut down the side show
Also, turn off your video if you leave to use the restroom, take a call, or refill your coffee cup
Silence yourself too, unless you're up. Ringing phones, music videos, and barking dogs should stay between your 4 walls
If you have to ghost, make sure your default image is a professional headshot. What? Don't have one? Hmmm, I might jiust know someone.
Also, be sure your screen name is your name and ipad, Mac or your gaming name. People may want to connect with you after the call or sometimes you'll be left out in the cold if the host doesn't recognize you as someone who registered.
Try to stay engaged. Think of it as a meeting with a speaker; you don't need your head buried in your phone.
Smile- you're on camera after all
Find a complimentary angle. I've looked up so many noses. And also some of my fellow networkers look like pinheads when the camera angle is too high.
Light that face. Sure, I have access to professional lighting, but you don't need to go buy expensive equipment to look good. Bring in a desk or floor lamp, and bring it in at an angle. If it's adjustable, tweak it until it looks good. No? I got you. Too bright? Back that sucker up. Too dark? Inch it closer.
Set up your office so there is little space between your camera and the wall behind you. This lessens the chance of someone "accidentally" walking by in boxers, picking their nose, whatever.
I know, I know...I'm not very much fun. You can still have fun. Set up a pre-game at the beginning of the meeting. Bring a pet, bring a kid, wear a hat, sip from your favorite mug. Be creative, then get down to business.