By Tracy Cabrera
THEY say first impression lasts, and that’s true in most cases. In simpler terms it’s merely remembering that whatever you do out there, stays there.
In an article published recently, image consultant and etiquette teacher Charmagne Garcia-Laconico gave tips for proper behavior on social media and virtual meetings and she says that these are important aspects in the ‘new normal’ that could spell out success or failure.
First, Charmagne advises to always prepare. For those who are somewhat inexperienced with the new trends in the digital world, preparing the materials or documents that may be needed to share during the call is an important part of the process. She adds that making a list or a note with all your important talking points would be great help to this.
“Even if you have a premium (paid) account, it does not mean that you should stay on a Zoom call for a long time. Also, prepare your technical requirements: Make sure to have your earphones ready, or the camera if necessary, and ensure that your microphone is on mute to avoid distracting background noise,” she pointed out.
But if it is a video conference call, proponents should make an effort to fix up for the meeting.
“Wear presentable clothes and show up not looking like you just woke up. In the same way, do not overdo it! You do not need to show up in full glam makeup,” Garcia-Laconico explained.
When on the conference call, everyone should stay on topic and avoid personal anecdotes.
“Be mindful to not take over the whole session. Stay focused and be present—do not multitask,” she stressed.
On social media, Garcia-Laconico said that while it is true that the social media platform is yours, it is always wise to remember that whatever you put out there, stays there and will reach far and wide.
Your social media comments, rants and revelations will be a reflection of you. People do background checks on social media now, whether it is for a blind date or a job interview,: she warned.
When on social media, too, one should remember to respect others’ opinions, the same way you’d like others to respect yours.
“Do connect and respond to messages as soon as you can. People use social media to reach out these days. It may seem unimportant to you, but it may be for the one reaching out,” she reminded. “And whatever happens, stay away from negativity. Unfollow, block or unfriend those that cloud your space with negative posts or comments.”
While on social media, people should also learn to relax and try not to engage in unnecessary online banter and arguments.
If you are in a forum, be a pleasant participant and share politely,” she said.
As a final word, Garcia-Laconico gave additional advice: Do have the courtesy to ask permission from people before posting something about them, or photos of them, on your social media account. And if you use a filter to edit a group photo, make sure that you are not the only one to come out looking good in the photo—edit the others, too.