If you’re like me and you’re doing any sort of remote participation for work, or if you’re trying to hang out with your friends virtually, you are probably using Zoom. I’ve used Zoom for a while for online sessions with my life coach but my use of Zoom has increased dramatically over the last 5 weeks. And because I’m using it more I’ve learned some good practices. Today I’m sharing them with you.
- The first and most important thing to do it get the correct set up. And in creating that set up you need to elevate your camera, whether you’re using a laptop of iPad or smart phone, to eye level. Please do this. Please. Because no one wants to be looking up your nose. Make note of where you camera is and look directly into the camera as much as possible so that you don’t appear to be vacantly staring off into space. Or looking down at your phone. And take advantage of Zoom’s touch up my appearance feature . . . it’s a game changer.
- Along with getting that height at the right spot (slightly angled down will also make you look better) make sure your background is something you don’t mind people seeing. There are virtual backgrounds you can use but your home is probably just fine so long as there isn’t laundry on the floor behind you. If you live with other people there’s probably going to come a moment where they wander around behind you. That’s fine and sometimes even adds a little levity to a meeting when it’s a cute kid or dog.
- Finally, practice good meeting etiquette. Mute your microphone so that your noises aren’t distracting to others. Don’t yawn with your mouth open or eat during a meeting (and yes, I have seen both of those things happen recently). Don’t play with your hair. And, probably most important and also hardest: don’t talk over other people. Wait for the pause between speakers and then jump in. Even better, use the raise your hand feature that’s available in Zoom.
Zoom is truly a great tool for work but also for helping to chase away those isolation blues. I’ve had virtual happy hours and virtual meetings. I’ve hung out with my kids and my local friends and even my college friends. Mary hosts a weekly knitters meet up. Truly, Zoom is something we all could have been taking advantage off in a real way for a long time and it could be a teeny tiny silver lining as we cope with this pandemic. I’d love to hear your stories and experiences using Zoom.
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