Cultivating a Professional and Engaging Persona on Your Video Calls

Cultivating a Professional and Engaging Persona on Your Video Calls

September 14, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Learn some simple ways you can improve the quality of your communication and connections with others online.


As a result of COVID-19, almost all the interactions you have with your students, alumni, colleagues, and donors are now through webcam in virtual meetings. Environmental factors such as poor lighting and background movement can become distractions and have implications on the level of engagement and potential for relationship building. Your body language and eye contact play an important role too as they can either facilitate meaningful communication or hinder it.

Join us online for an interactive training where you will learn best practices for creating a professional and engaging persona during a video call. Our expert instructor will demonstrate simple tips and strategies for improving the quality of your physical surroundings and your presentation style during video calls. We will discuss how to:

  • Place your laptop in the right position to maximize your lighting and appropriately frame yourself on screen
  • Choose a background that does not offend or disturb others
  • Reduce unnecessary movement to minimize distractions
  • Maintain appropriate eye contact and body language that resonates with others online

We have deliberately designed this training to go beyond the stock tips and strategies you’ll find online. You will have the opportunity to turn on your camera so that you can receive real-time feedback from our instructor and your peers in a safe and supportive environment. You will leave this training feeling more confident to improve your online persona.





Who Should Attend

This training is designed for anyone who spends a lot of time on webcam during their meetings or online events and wants to ensure they are making the most of the experience. This training will be helpful for those looking to foster meaningful relationships with students, alumni, donors, or staff in a virtual world.

Note: You will be encouraged to turn your webcam on in order to receive feedback. This event is designed for individuals both looking to give and receive feedback on camera.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual training. Sign up today.


September 14, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Through demonstrations, small group breakouts with your peers, and feedback from your instructor, you will walk away with simple ways you can better connect with your students, faculty, staff, donors, and others as you discuss the following:


  1. Presenting Your Surroundings – Learn how to adjust your technology and your office environment to minimize distractions and increase engagement.


  3. Presenting Yourself – Learn what appropriate eye contact and body language looks like in a virtual environment.



Jean M. Hobler, Esq., P.C.


Jean Hobler is a lawyer in private practice in Sacramento, California. In her 19 years of litigation practice, she has investigated claims and crimes including sexual harassment and discrimination, criminal activity, and workplace harassment and discrimination on college campuses.

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*There are limited spots available for All-Inclusive Members to register for virtual trainings for free in 2020. Each virtual training has a registration cap in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience. If the cap has been met, All-Inclusive Members can register with a $250 discount if space is available.

Academic Affairs, Advancement/Alumni Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs members will continue to receive $100 off training registrations, if applicable. Upgrade your membership to qualify for a higher discount.