1. A light-hearted tone always works well. You can lighten the mood by cracking jokes.
2. If by now you don’t have a blank wall behind you for classes, figure that out first. There should be nothing distracting behind you – no bookshelves, paintings, curtains, or posters.
3. Make sure there’s enough light on your face. If natural light is not available, use a study lamp behind your laptop.
4. Know your angles. Your laptop camera should be at eye level and not looking up at you. Place 3-4 coffee table books to create the height.
5. Cut the background noise. Even if you are working from home, noises like cooker whistles, dogs barking or kids in the backdrop will be distracting.
6. Insist on ground rules like videos being on throughout the class.
7. Create interactive sessions, use the chat options, have polls and surveys, and pop quizzes.
8. Cold call students to answer questions. This also ensures that everyone stays alert.
9. Don’t fidget in your chair. Invest in a comfortable work chair as you will also be spending more time on it.
10. Use tech tools like the options to create breakout rooms or go for pre-loaded quizzes/polls.