General Tips and Good Etiquette for Zoom Meetings
-Before Zoom Meetings
Use natural lighting where possible but make sure it is coming from in front of you, not behind! If you have to use artificial lighting, make sure it is in front of you and above. Avoid strong lighting from behind.
2. Eye Level Set Up We are used to seeing things at ‘eye level‘. Therefore find something to sit your device on that raises it up and places your camera so that you appear at ‘eye level‘. It can be very disturbing looking at double chins, up nostrils, or at ceilings, etc. It only takes a minor change for things to look more natural and professional.
3. Background Check your background. Make sure there is nothing behind you that is going to distract, including inappropriate virtual backdrops.
-During Zoom Meetings
- Muting If Zoom detects ANY noise at all, it makes YOU the Active Speaker. So while someone else is speaking if you move your device slightly, cough, sneeze, comment to someone else in your room, make ANY sort of sound, YOU become the Active Speaker, even for a second. This leads to broken and disjointed sound for ALL participants. So as soon as you join a meeting, PLEASE ensure your microphone is muted so your extraneous sound is not disturbing others.
- Speaking When you want to speak, you can press the Spacebar on a laptop to enable the microphone or quickly unmute your iPad or Smartphone.
- Screenview For a presentation it is best to use Speaker View, for discussion Gallery View.
- Speaking Request means you can raise your ‘virtual‘ hand (by clicking on the appropriate button under the More menu) to indicate you want to speak. You can also use the Chat button to pose questions.