# Zoom Calls: Virtual Etiquette in a Transformative World

Note: This article contains vocabulary that appeals to a wider audience.

In this article, you will learn a few things that have helped me with best practices in virtual calls:

• How to setup your virtual calls
• General Zoom Etiquette
• General conversing notes
• How to exit a call

## Motivation

During these unprecedented times, people around the world are going through major difficulties that either are pushing them into a lower in class, or is increasing the existing social status division. To help mitigate that in any way, I thought I’d offer my consultation on effectively transitioning into digital communication or learning.

# 2. Joining a Call

## 2.1 Pre-join

Getting ready for your zoom call? The following are good steps I take before joining a call:

• Wifi Connection
• Backup earphones
• Phone on “vibrate” mode, audio down
• Join 2-3mins early, if an interview
• First timer? 5+mins

## 2.2 The Join

• When entering the call, ensure you are on mute
• Be mindful of background noise
• [Optional] Shy? Bad hair day? Disable Video
• However, if the meeting requires you have your video on, then do as such
• E.g. No random items or things to be seen are not in the background

## 3. What to Wear

• If you’re in an interview, I highly advise you wear clothes as if you’re going into an in-person interview.

• Pretty much, if you know you’re attending a virtual event that requires a formality in-person, wear such clothes

### 3.2 The Specifics

• Tops
• If you’re in not in an interview, I advise on wearning a comfortable, but appropriate shirt.
• If you’re still working though, be sure to wear what is suitable for your team’s comfortability
• Bottoms:
• If you’re cold, sweats will do. However, do know that when you stand up, you’ll like you got out of bed
• If you want to be comfortable, I recommend wearing shorts. Personally, I wear Uniqlo Easy Shorts

# 4. Mind the….

## 4.1 Mind the Speaker

(i.e. Respekt the person talking)

• If addressed, first do it via Chat. After, try by turning on audio again
• Try to avoid talking at the same time as other participants
• If an interruption occurs, take a few humbling seconds to let the other person speak

## 4.2 Mind the Attendees

• Limit distractions
• Be aware you are on camera
• Don’t be me, easily getting distracted by Tweets (maybe youre case, TicTok?)

It’s just about respecting others, I suppose. I can write some long paragraph about why, but I’ll say this, especially during these times:

“Treat people with respect, if you want that same respect back”

# 5. Ending the Call

## 5.1 Cues

Ending a call can be tricky sometimes. In a social context, there are small “cues” that show when a conversation ending

I’m more of the receiving end of those haha

However, virtual calls are quite different in identifying when a call should end. The following are some things I noticed that help me out:

• Near the end of the discussion, a person is quickly eyeing their time

• There is nothing to further discuss, aroudn 2/3’s of the call’s expected timeframe

## 5.2 Saying Goodbye

Here are the top ranked ways I look to say goodbye

1. Wave goodbye & smile [Optional]
• Just being friendly :)
• Recently, I found out people do “peace sign” goodbyes
2. Saying goodbyes, meanwhile you’re hovering the exit button
• This helps mitigate awkward seconds of ending a call