Have More Professional Zoom Calls and Concentrate on What’s Being Said
2020: The Year of the Zoom Call
In 2020, meetings suddenly shifted online. We found ourselves face-to-face with our coworkers in a new way. Sure, our teammates didn’t know if we were wearing pajama pants, but they did know if we hadn’t cleaned the counters behind us or hadn’t soundproofed our makeshift home office. Twitter is now full of WFH OOPS moments. Some are cute – like children interrupting meetings – and some are just embarrassing – like answering a video call in the bathroom. Together these are all taking away from productive meeting time and are avoidable.
How to Prepare for a Zoom Call
Think through your background. Is it cluttered? Are there loud patterns? Are there items you don’t want seen? (There’s help in the settings!)
Think through lighting. Natural lighting is best, but the more windows in your office, the more noise you introduce.
Be considerate with noise. You might be used to the neighborhood traffic or your kids’ conversation, but your coworkers aren’t. Multiply each small noise by each participant and you have a cacophony.
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Zoom Calls are Here to Stay
Zoom and other virtual meetings show no signs of ending. While we shifted into them quickly, according to Upwork, 41.8% of companies now say they will continue to be remote.
There’s no better time to make your work-from-home space more comfortable and your Zoom calls more professional.