1. Arrive Early!
You will feel more at ease if you arrive to the meeting/class early. If it’s your first time on Zoom, you’ll need to download the app and get set up. If you happen to be late, don’t ask for a recap of what you missed.
2. Turn on Your Video (but mute yourself).
Avatars and stock photos (or just a blank screen) are no longer acceptable in most workplaces and classrooms. They’re difficult to take seriously and make everyone wonder what you’re up to. It’s important to show up in person. It’s possible to change the background if you feel uncomfortable showing your Zoom space. Keep yourself muted unless the host asks you to speak.
3. Make a Good Impression.
Not only should you dress for the meeting (no ball caps, PJs, improper clothing), it’s best to be still. Otherwise you’re a distraction to everyone watching. The camera should be facing you. You should be the main frame of the video. And if you need to change locations, turn off the video so you don’t make everyone dizzy. Other considerations: appropriate lighting, minimal background.
4. No Eating.
Just as you should not eat when talking on the phone, you should not eat while Zooming. It’s distracting and unprofessional.
5. Polite Interrupting.
The host should give you instructions for speaking. It’s best to ask permission to speak via chat or raising your hand (physically). Click on “Participants” and “Chat.” Two pop-up windows will open on the right side of your screen. When you want to speak, use the “Raise Hand” feature (on the bottom left of the Participants window). Be sure to unmute yourself to talk. Use the Chat box to make a point or ask a question. Remember that Chat is public, and it may be recorded and archived.
6. No Multi-tasking.
We all have the temptation to multi-task during video sessions. It’s best if you stay present in the moment and avoid distractions. It is obvious when you are not paying attention.