New Guest Post on Debra Eckerling’s Writers on The Move

Your Goal Guide author Debra Eckerling has uploaded a new blog post, written by Steve Dotto, on her website Writers on The Move. Take a look!

Tips for a Better Zoom Experience

Tips for a Better Zoom Experience

To Zoom or not to Zoom? It’s not even a question. 

These days, Zoom is the primary platform for connecting people and events. Whether you are attending a virtual conference, workshop, or networking event, it helps to be comfortable with the platform.

My friend Steve Dotto, Dotto Tech, created a series of Zoom videos, and here are two to give you a nice background without too much overwhelm:

Zoom Basics:

And Zoom FAQs:

Beyond Zoom basics, here are a few things you need to know for a better Zoom experience:1. Download Zoom. Before you attend a Zoom-hosted event, download the software on your computer. It’ll make it much easier to join in when the event-time comes, so you are not scrambling to connect. You do not have to sign up for a paid account – a free account will enable you to personalize your Zoom experience, so your name and image will show up when you attend an event. 

Yes, you can use the Zoom app on your phone, but I think the computer – or tablet – makes for a better experience. It’s much easier to watch, chat, and listen when you are not concerned about the position of your phone.2. Use a Headset/Mic. You don’t need to invest in a fancy microphone to Zoom. However, plugging in your hands-free earbuds – like the one on your smartphone – will reduce background noice, while making it easier for others to hear you. Keep your phone on mute unless you are talking. I also recommend turning off your video when someone else is presenting a workshop or seminar. Frequently the host will turn off the video and audio for all until the Q&A at the end. 

3. Clear the Clutter. Set up your computer in a place where the background is clean. You don’t want your messy kitchen or office distracting others from the conversation. Zoom also has background options you can use with a green screen or clear background. However, those can tend to be distracting. My office setup has my book and my logo framed behind me. Simple, clean branding done the old-fashioned way.

4. Write Out Your Deets. Have your contact details ready to cut and paste into the Zoom chat box (usually in the bottom right of the screen). Keep a notepad doc with your website, email, and LinkedIn link. Use the https:// so it shows up as clickable. That way you don’t have to retype it ever time you have a call. Oh, and be sure to save the chat toward the end of each meeting, so you have the info of others too. 

5. Avoid Zoom Overload. As easy as it may be to schedule several video conferences in one day – you’re dressed. why not? – it’s much better to pace yourself. Video calls take a lot of extra energy. Try to limit them to just a one or two a day and, if you have more, schedule downtime in between sessions. 
Bonus: Follow up: Like in an IRL event, if you make a new friend or business connection, be sure to follow up. Connect on LinkedIn, set up a coffee meet, and/or invite them to another event. 
The same rules to real-life events apply to virtual ones. Be polite (not salesy). Make new friends. Be genuine. And have fun. That’s key for any event, live or virtual. Enjoy yourself and you will attrack like minds in the process.


Your Goal Guide by Deb Eckerling (small copy)

your goal guide

A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals

Start with a plan. One of the biggest reasons goals fail is that we often don’t put enough thought into what we really want before diving in. Your Goal Guide by Debra Eckerling starts with that first, crucial step: figuring out your goals and putting a plan in place. As a professional writer, communications specialist, and project catalyst with more than 20 years of experience, Eckerling is prepared to help you achieve success.