Who would have ever guessed that video conferences were to take over our lives? I never used to video call people on the daily but now, I find myself totally consumed by my webcam with back to back meetings or catch-up calls with friends.
I know that you feel it too. Drooping strained eyes, headaches, and that overwhelming exhaustion; it is strange as we are not actively going anywhere and are exerting less effort than if we were out and about. Yet, Zoom-fatigue is real. The feeling is shared: a building frustration during a long call or after several conferences. Be it due to the choppy Internet signal, weak audio, the overlapping voices all fighting for a chance to say something (or maybe it's the dull conversation partners we are often subjected to)… a bad Zoom call can really dampen your mood.
It is surprising how frequently people forget that manners and decorum must still apply despite only being connected virtually. Loads of people do not equate virtual calls to real-life in-person meetings. Would you show up dishevelled, unprepared, and distracted to any of your appointments pre-pandemic? No. So, why do that now?
We’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on Zoom-etiquette that should put some pep to your step and help you not only put your best foot forward but also have a better time when chatting with others.
1. Best Face Forward
First things first. Turn on your camera. It is a video call for a reason. When you leave your camera off it makes it seem like you are not present and that you do not place value in the meeting. Using avatars is not acceptable these days and seeing a bunch of black screens with names written across the squares makes for a drab Zoom feed.
When you turn your camera off, there is no telling where you are, what you are doing, or if you are even paying attention. The people you have scheduled a call with have all shown up, so show them the same respect.
Location, appearance, ambience and how you purport yourself matters so much: first impressions make lasting impressions. In business, you often only have a few moments to sell yourself, your product and to close a deal. Never present yourself in a regrettable manner.
Pop on some lipstick, brush your hair, wear a nice shirt and make the meeting matter.