How to Zoom Like a Boss
Have you ever found yourself rushing to get ready to hop on an important Zoom call? One minute later, you look down, and you have your high school gym class t-shirt and your pajama pants on? If that’s you, then keep reading. Today, we will talk about video call etiquette so you can motivate yourself to continue working remotely while also presenting yourself professionally.
How to Excel in Zoom:
- Let your household members/roommates know you will be on Zoom call and ask if they can please not disturb you.
- Try to log in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time to avoid connectivity problems.
- Sit upright on a comfortable chair to look professional instead of a bed or a couch. This can also help to avoid back pain.
- Tip: If possible, invest in an ergonomic chair or pillow. See attached link for a $25 chair pillow. Great for back support.
- Link: orthopedic-support-adjustable chair pillow
- Visit budget-friendly websites to research ergonomic chairs or watch this video on how to DIY your own ergonomic chair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6kTMbejo9o&ab_channel=Wirecutter
- If possible, consider investing in blue-light blocking glasses to avoid eye-strain (on average prices range from $15-$50).
- For more ideas on how you can avoid eye-strain (e.g., use dark mode, practice 20-20-20 eye exercises), check out the Wellness center’s Mini-Mag on how to protect your vision at this link here: https://wellnesscenter.uic.edu/news-stories/mini-mag-screen-time-and-your-vision/.
- If possible, have an uncluttered background to prevent your audience from visual distractors. We recognize this may be difficult for some, so we encourage you to check to see if you can enable a virtual background.
- Link to UIC Zoom backgrounds: https://www.facebook.com/uic.edu/posts/new-uic-zoom-backgrounds-created-by-the-uic-office-of-marketing-and-brand-manage/10157714548068305/
- If your computer/mobile device doesn’t allow you to enable a virtual background, ask if it’s okay to keep the camera off. However, if your camera is off, please try to upload a professional photo of yourself (photos are better than a black screen with your name. This also helps with engagement).
- Remember to mute your mic when other speakers are talking. This can help control background noises and help with voice clarity.
- Be respectful in all forms of communication (chat, voice, etc.) and do not record unless given consent to do so.
- Try to limit eating on camera.
- If settings allow, and if comfortable, add your pronouns to your name, so people know how to address you.
- Take notes!
- Remember: You are doing the best you can given the current situation. You are not alone! Reach out for help if you need it.
Companies and schools will most likely keep using Zoom and similar platforms even after the pandemic is over. Twitter, for example, is giving its employees the option to work remotely permanently. Facebook is projecting that 50% of its employees will be working from home by 2030. Online meetings save companies a lot of money since they do not have to pay rent, insurance, and utilities. The pandemic has shown that people can be as productive working from home.
- Wellness Center: Check out our original post on “How to Navigate Online Classes” for more tips to help you de-stress and structure your day while working from home.
- NEW UIC IT Help Center: Powered by TeamDynamix, the UIC Help Center (help.uic.edu) will provide the UIC Community with a one-stop-shop to find and request services, search for answers and get support. This new tool consolidates the websites below with the goal to centralize and simplify finding information and improve your experience.
- Request Tracker (RT) Helpdesk – accc.helpdesk.uic.edu
- Technology Solutions Service Catalog – accc.uic.edu/services
- Knowledge Base -answers.uic.edu
- New unified IT website: Also launching Feb. 22 is the new it.uic.edu website. This site aims to optimize communication channels and share academic IT information in a way that is most effective for the UIC community while also serving as a channel for the IT community to obtain and exchange information.
- Zoom for Students Resources: https://accc.uic.edu/contingency/online-learning-students/collaboration-tools-students/zoom-students/