Zoom and other platforms, devices, and applications have taken over so much of how we communicate these days.

Dropping by someone’s house on the weekend has been replaced by a call, text, or Zoom invitation to share time together. Office meetings and parties are mostly online now.

We recently had a virtual birthday party over Facetime which included a separate video chat with family members who live on a different continent. They were able to join the fun over a phone placed in the frame that we were all watching as the candles were blown out. It’s a crazy new reality, right?

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In this video, Chuck Moran (creator of Online Video Mastery™) shares a variety of Zoom “no-no’s.” Have these ever come up in your meetings?

One no-no is having a bright light or window behind you instead of in front of you. This casts a dark shadow over you, and your audience can’t see your face.

Chuck says another mistake that drives him crazy is when people don’t have a good sense of where the camera is. Make sure the camera is pointed at your face (and not at the top of your head, for instance). 

Chuck also suggests paying attention to what’s going on in the Zoom environment. In the video, he demonstrates how he’s waiting for Dana to join his Zoom meeting. All the while she’s stuck in the waiting room because he wasn’t paying attention. 

Dressing the part for your Zoom meeting, especially when presenting, is important. Your favorite tattered old t-shirt just may not be the best choice to wear when making presentations! (Need ideas on what to wear for Zoom meetings? Check out our post on Zooming in style for tips and our picks in men’s and women’s clothing.)

Then, there is the dreaded “up the nose” shot, which happens when people hold their laptops or phones down low and aren’t paying attention to what they look like to attendees. 

Another no-no that tends to be dizzying to participants is when the speaker walks through the house or office in search of better Wifi, which Chuck demonstrates in the video by moving his computer and walking haphazardly through his house. If you need to look for better Wifi or change your location, do everyone a favor and turn off your audio and video first. 

Chuck also demonstrates an issue we see a LOT, and that is mistakenly keeping yourself on mute while you’re talking. In the video, Dana can’t hear what Chuck is saying but he continues to talk on mute, so she has to send him a Zoom chat to let him know he’s muted. Be sure to pay attention to your audio settings before speaking!

Make sure your Zoom background is clutter-free as well. We get a not-so-great glimpse of Chuck’s messy storage space in this video. (No time to clean? Try using a virtual background instead!)

Chuck also shows us what it’s like to have a dog barking in the background. (Rocky was happy to play his part.) He explains that people tend to leave themselves unmuted, and the facilitator can take care of this by setting meetings up so that everyone is muted when they come in. This doesn’t stop people from unmuting themselves and having dogs barking in the background, but it’s a good place to start. 

Do you have any of your own Zoom “no-nos” to share? Are you guilty of any of the