Good video conferencing etiquette – Zoom
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.