The Etiquette of a Zoom or Video Call

With the outbreak of COVID-19 we are all scrambling to find alternative ways to teach our students.

Online/Virtual classrooms are something we will be leveraging in the weeks and days ahead.

We need to adjust our mindset and roll with the punches for awhile.

You might be asking yourself, “how can I connect with my students or co-workers”?

When we get through this crisis, and of course we will, you still want to be professional, on track and ready for what is coming your way.

9 Tips to Be Professional and Polished on a Video Call 

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  1. BECOME FAMILIAR: If you are new to a video call, familiarize yourself with how a video platform (Zoom, Go To Meeting, etc.) works.

2.   STAY FOCUSED:  This is a BIG one.  Distractions at home are especially tempting.  Do what it takes to stay involved in and fully present with those that are on the call.  Put your phone away, close your door and stay off the internet.

3. BACKGROUND:  Plan ahead and be mindful of your background.  Is it professional?  Is it tasteful?  Will it distract others from the business at hand?

4. MUTE:  Keep yourself muted until it is time for you to speak.

5. RECORDING:  If you are the host and plan to record, make sure the attendees are aware.

6. DRESS:  You personal brand still matters.  Keep yourself professionally groomed and dressed.  

7. BEHAVE:  Act as if you are attending the meeting “live”.  Do not act or speak in a way that is not in keeping with your normal professional behavior.

8. TIME:  Be on time.

9. SPEAK: Speak up and speak clearly.

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