More and more of us are conducting much of our work (and socialising) over video conferencing platforms. But, what's the best etiquette for these meetings? We've put together a guide of some best practice etiquette in a handy guide:

Mute your mic

  • The host can mute and unmute participants.
  • Microphone functions are usually located next to the video function.
  • When speaking please state your name so other participants know who you are.
  • When you are not speaking, you should mute your mic. With groups of more than three people, it is essential etiquette. It is also a good rule no matter the group size if you have children, pets, or frequent unexpected noises in your environment, like street noise.

Use headphones

  • Headphones and a microphone make calls sound better for everyone.
  • Use a quiet space where possible if you have no access to headphones or a microphone.

Appearance on Video

  • You have the option to turn on or off your video. You can do this by navigating to the camera function located next to the microphone.
  • Be presentable, be aware of any background furniture that you might not want on show. Using an app such as “Be My Eyes” could be a helpful tool to use.

Other features

Virtual backgrounds

  • One of Zoom’s more lively features, virtual background allows you to display an image or video as your background. 
  • Ensure your background is appropriate to your meeting.

Remote support

  • A helpful feature that allows you to take control of another participant's screen.

Personal meeting ID

  • Only available for Pro accounts or higher, a personal meeting ID will make your meetings more secure, while also making it easier for your friends and colleagues to connect.

Waiting room

  • A feature that lets you control when participants join a meeting.

In addition to these additional features, the platform offers a host of add-ons and integrations, from adding Zoom to your Google Calendar or Outlook account.

Want to know how to set yourself up on Zoom? Check out this blog from Liam O'Carroll.