Are you trying to attend a class or committee meeting on Zoom and finding it to be a challenge? Here are some quick tips to get you on your way to becoming a Zoom expert!

 

WHAT DO I NEED?

  • Desktop computer, laptop computer, or handheld device with internet capability
  • Front-facing camera
    • Desktop computers do not usually have this built in. You can use a separate webcam.
    • Many laptop computers and most handheld devices have built-in cameras.
  • Speakers (built in or external)
  • Microphone (built in or external)

I HAVE WHAT I NEED. NOW WHAT?

  • Click here for a guide on joining your first Zoom meeting.
  • Pick a plain background that won’t be distracting for the other people in the meeting. Are you in front of a bright window or a bookcase? Can the people on the other end see the pile of dirty laundry behind you? You might want to move to another space.
  • Keep your microphone muted when you’re not speaking. Especially in a group of several people, this helps everyone have a more pleasant experience without having to hear your dog barking or your phone ringing in the background. Practice muting and un-muting so you can do this smoothly during your meeting.
  • Take turns! There’s a very slight delay involved, so you can’t sing together. Also, if two people speak at the same time, it will cause interruptions in the sound quality.

OTHER TIPS

  • Chat: Did you know you can chat with your fellow meeting-goers? Just click on the CHAT button at the bottom of your screen!
  • Participants: This button at the bottom of the screen lets you see a list of all the participants.
  • Virtual Background: Looking for a way to spruce up your look? If you click on the arrow next to the camera icon in the bottom left corner of your screen, there’s an option for virtual backgrounds. You can upload any image from your computer and Zoom will use it as a backdrop for you.
  • Speaker View/Gallery View: At the top right corner of the screen, there’s an option to toggle between Speaker View and Gallery View. Speaker View displays the speaker as a big picture, and you’ll see other participants in small boxes. Gallery View gives you several equally-sized boxes so you can see all the participants at once. Select the option you’re most comfortable with.