Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Five ways to improve your work-from-home setup on a budget – Breakfast Television Toronto

Work-from-home life continues for many and whether you're facing video conferencing fatigue or just want to freshen your setup, Winston's got easy ways to help you step up your game on a budget!

Work-from-home life continues for many and whether you’re facing video conferencing fatigue or just want to freshen your setup, Winston’s got easy ways to help you step up your game on a budget!

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Tip #1: Think about your environment

Set up your workspace – ideally where there’s sunlight, where you can cut yourself off from some of those distractions (as difficult as that can be!) and ergonomics are a must!

Tip #2: Sweatpants? No problem!

Lighting and audio are what matter! Invest in a good webcam if you don’t have one already, ditch the mic on your computer and consider a good headset with noise-cancelling tech, and a simple light will get the job done.

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Tip #3: Step up your video presentation

Your favourite video conferencing software can help you polish your presentation. Use the virtual background to cut out what’s happening behind you (maybe the kids are on virtual school, too!). I use a pop-up green screen and you can easily add PowerPoints and simple backgrounds to give a more professional look to my meetings and presentations.

Tip #4: Combat video conferencing fatigue

Visualize things with the virtual whiteboard. You can connect your iPad to your video conferencing software to use the tablet as a virtual whiteboard. Others can collaborate on the same whiteboard and you can save it as a JPG for future reference.

Tip #5: Setup a second screen

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You can pick up an inexpensive second monitor on Amazon or if you’re a Mac user and have an iPad, on the latest operating system, you can actually use a feature called Sidecar that lets you turn your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac.

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Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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