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https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200428-the-zoom-social-etiquette-guide

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The Zoom social etiquette guide
It's Saturday night, your cocktails are ready and you're about to throw a party with a couple dozen friends. It's also your seventh straight week in mandatory lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Introducing People

Introducing People

People no longer have the option to introduce themselves to new people at their convenience (like in an office setting, for example). With the remote setting, the second someone joins an online mee...

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The Waiting Room

It is advisable to enable the waiting room option for new joiners so that they are made to enter one at a time and provided with a proper introduction.

It also takes care of the risk of yo...

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The Art Of The Pause

  • Video chats with multiple participants have a lot of cross-talk and people talking at the same time. This problem is compounded by dodgy internet speeds.

  • It is possible...

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The Side Chat

Zoom has a side chat feature, where you can send a direct message to the host or any participant. Just make sure the text message is only sent to that person, and not to the whole group. And then c...

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Changing Your Background

Zoom backgrounds allow you to hide those distracting visuals from behind, like a dirty room, pizza boxes or other members of the household coming and going.

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Punctuality

To avoid being late (even if you’re always online), take a few minutes ahead of the call (or party), especially if you’re the host, to test your settings and re-check your internet.

It’s al...

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Life On Video Calls

  • Make sure you keep the conversation alive by returning the ‘tennis ball’ of the discussion back to the other person.
  • Make your webcam on eye level or higher.
  • Make sure yo...

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  • Video calls require more focus than face-to-face chatting. We have to pay more attention to process the non-verbal cues like tone, pitch, body language and facial expressions. There is also a...

Everything From A Tiny Screen

Video Calling is being used for studying, dating, talking to your parents and for work purposes, leading to a new kind of exhaustion of doing everything from your laptop or smartphone screen. Add to this our being confined in a tiny space (like a room) most of the time.

Relaxing Activity Vs Performance

If video calling and catching up with friends was a relaxing activity, where you can just be yourself, you would not feel fatigued. 

What we have here is an added pressure to perform virtually among so many other participants, each vying for attention and validation.

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Everyone At Home

In the age of pandemic, with lockdowns all over the globe, people have isolated themselves away from friends, relatives and communities, not by choice, but by the forces of fear, peer pressure and ...

Flatten The Curve

There is an urgent need to socially distance ourselves as early as possible to slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. 

This becomes more and more important as infected people are showing mild  (or zero) symptoms, while still being able to pass on the infection to others. This makes being close to any person a potentially lethal mistake.

Virtual Communities

In these times of uncertainty, when the whole world is in uncharted territory, we need to be psychologically and emotionally together in spite of being physically apart.

With unclear instructions, ambiguous information and a possible lack of resources, it is easy to feel helpless, and therefore crucial to activate the collective healing capabilities of our communities.

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Social behavior

Many of the correct behaviors people once considered common sense have gotten lost in the swirling wind of bad advice, outdated manners, rules, and social media that makes it too easy to slip up an...

Social rules

  • Have good manners.
  • Be on time.
  • Personal space. Every culture has different comfort levels of personal space, so before you travel, find out how close you can get to people without being rude.
  • Men’s manners. Be a gentleman. Rudeness is never manly.
  • Women’s manners. You can be a lady and still show strength. It is always appropriate to be mannerly.
  • Teens’ manners. Demonstrate good manners. If you exhibit proper etiquette, you'll earn respect and maybe even more privileges.
  • Children’s manners. Be polite. Be the kid everyone wants to play with. 
  • Host and Hostess Gift. Never show up empty-handed when you're a guest in someone's home.

Learn to communicate

  • Conversation. Learn how to hold a decent conversation with back-and-forth dialogue. Never monopolize a discussion.
  • Never gossip
  • People’s names. Most people appreciate your effort to learn their names if you spend more than a minute or two talking with them. 
  • Cell phones. Use your cell phone sparingly in public.  Think before you hit “send” in an e-mail. Most electronic mail can never be taken back.
  • Social media. Remember that not only can your friends see what you post, others can repost, copy, share, or retweet anything you put out there.
  • Rude questions. There are ways to deal with them and not come across as snarky. 
  • How to Graciously Change the Subject. There are times certain things shouldn't be discussed, and it's up to you to shift the conversation.

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