How are you finding it being part of meetings on platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, whether as the host or a participant?
Over the next few days I’m going to be sharing my TOP TIPS on how to present and be present on Zoom meeting. This isn’t about how to use the platform itself, but how to make it work for you.
Using Zoom Effectively Part 3
- Be aware of your lighting
If the room is too bright or too dark it will be difficult for others to see you. We base most of our opinions on body language, and if people can’t see you it’s hard for them to get to know you.
- Be aware of your background
Is the room your sitting in appropriate as the background for a business meeting? Is it a tip waiting to be tidied, or kept in an orderly fashion? If you use your kitchen, is there washing up waiting to be done or recycling on the worktops? It’s always far less distracting if your background is neat and tidy. You could upload a virtual background, or put up a bannerstand with your company details on
- Let your household members know you’ll be on a meeting
Having a semi-naked youngster walk into shot, or someone clatter banging around making a snack, is very off-putting for you and others in the meeting
- Focus on the meeting
Try not to yawn! You may be on your 5th meeting of the day, and Zoom can be very tiring, but don’t let people feel that you would rather not be there.
You also don’t know when you might be asked a question or for your opinion on something – you don’t want to be caught having not listened!
- Use the chat section to give people your contact details.
The host can then save the chat and send it out to the participants so you all have each other’s details as you can’t give out business cards
Remember – The rules are no different to how you would behave in any professional meeting.