Don’t Make The Same Zoom Meeting Mistakes That The British Government Made


the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work and interact with others. One thing that has changed is the meetings. We no longer crowd around a table in a stuffy room. With tools like Zoom, we can organize meetings in the comfort of your home.

But one image of a Zoom meeting tweeted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during their first digital cabinet meeting highlighted a number of errors.

Here is the picture:

Boris Johnson

Let’s take a look at the mistakes and learn from them so that our online meetings are better.

Note: While we are considering a Zoom meeting here, many of these tips apply to other online meeting and collaboration services.

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1: Tweeting your meeting ID is a stupid idea

Even if your meeting is password protected – and it should be – it exposes you to phishing attacks.

2: Lift the camera at eye level

No one wants to spend an entire meeting looking up!

3: Make sure your name is displayed

Don’t be that guy!


4: Pay attention to the background of your video

Sitting back to a window or in a crowded room, the image is very busy and distracting.

5: beware of the white veil

If you are in front of or next to a bright window or other light source, you may end up looking like a ghost.

Don’t be these guys!


6: Frame the photo

If you are bothering to have a video meeting, make sure you are in the meeting!

Don’t be that guy!


7: Should everyone be on video?

Sometimes the audio alone is better and less distracting. Also, for those with more limited connections, it means a more fluid meeting.


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