Here are some things to consider adding to your Zoom Meeting, or any other virtual meetings “Code of Conduct”. Do you have some that you would add? If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment. Hat tip to BDS Consulting in Seattle for allowing me to share some of their bullet points.
Expectations for Meeting Participants
- Participate with grace and humor.
- Ask for (and accept) help from others. You want this to work for everyone.
- Embrace the moment and the technology to the greatest extent possible.
- Try something new.
- Suspend judgment.
Suggested Norms and Guidelines to Follow
- Mute your audio when you are not speaking.
- Because this is an audio-based meeting, your voice acts as your physical presence. Be thoughtful of when you speak. Be courteous, and don’t interrupt the speaker.
- If you are not using your webcam for the meeting, cover it up.
- Be explicit and animated about non-verbal communication. Nodding; thumbs up; hand-raising.
- Minimize distractions and be present by putting away phones, closing unrelated work, closing the door, etc.
- Improve clarity by speaking deliberately, use good lighting (behind your camera), testing audio equipment.