Guide to Zoom Best Practices 
Posted by Melinda Barnsley, Last modified by Melinda Barnsley on 26 March 2019 02:18 PM


Starting A Meeting: Zoom offers you several ways to start both impromptu and your scheduled meetings.  

  • From the web portal 
  • From the downloaded Zoom Application  
  • From your mobile device  
  • Your Calendar (if available plug-in is installed) 


Before the Meeting: Things to do 

  • Test your Audio and Video   
  • Make sure to choose the correct audio input and output sources and levels 
  • Make sure to choose the correct camera for the meeting if more than one option is available 
  • Have the content you intend to share prepared ahead of time 
  • Make sure you know how to share your screen 


Hosting A Meeting: Best practices 

  • Mute your mic if others are presenting/speaking 
  • Use “Gallery View” for smaller group/team meetings 
  • Share your screen 
  • Share specific Applications to control displayed content 
  • Use “Pause” to freeze the view to the participants  
  • Use “New Share” to seamlessly transition between shared applications. 
  • Use the Annotation tools to grab and direct attention 


Turn the camera on! Looking your best 

  • Lighting should come from in front of you or from the side to best light your face  
  • Pay attention to hair and clothing – people can still see you 
  • Think about your background - make it interesting but not distracting 
  • Put your webcam at eye level or higher – experiment for best angles 
  • Use the gestures and mannerisms that you would typically use in person 
  • Make Eye Contact - Try to look at your webcam versus the screen 



Here are some great resources from our Knowledge Base to take a deeper dive into using Zoom. 



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