Today, mainly due to COVID-19, most companies have sent their employees to work from home. Companies like Slack, Microsoft Teams and Monday have seen huge increases in user base. But one company stands proudly over the rest — Zoom. The video conferencing software is being put to use both professionally, and for social use, as we continue to socially distance.
You’re using Zoom more than ever before, but what about different hacks and tips for making these calls much better?! Since a lot of people are pretty new to Zoom, we rounded up the 5 things you need to boost your Zoom meetings.
VirtualOffice — Brand the background of your Zoom calls. Nothing leaves a worse impression than a messy background. VirtualOffice solves exactly that, with extras! Simply select your office, fill in your information, and upload your logo, and your office will be on its way.
VirtualOffice— Branded Zoom Virtual Offices
Fireflies — is a Conversation tracking platform that allows you to record all meetings automatically, transcribe live meetings and skim the transcripts later, and search across action items and other important highlights. Fireflies charges between $0 for the FREE pack, to $19/mo for the Business pack.
Waiting Rooms — The Waiting Room feature allows you to control when a participant joins the meeting. As the host, you can admit attendees one by one or all at once. Small groups usually like this option, as they have some time to mingle before the meeting officially kicks off. Waiting Rooms are an integrated feature in Zoom.
The Space Bar — Now this is a mind-blower. It is “Zoom Etiquette” to stay muted while someone is speaking. The problem starts when you have something to say — you start mumbling but nobody hears you, then you frantically search for the unmute button. From now on, just tap the spacebar to speak, and release to be muted again. The Space Bar is an integrated function in Zoom.
Krisp — Krisp recognizes and removes background noise in calls in real-time, leaving only a clean human voice. Its AI-powered noise-canceling technology adapts to your voice and improves over time. Stop annoying your listeners every time your dog barks. Krisp is FREE up to 120 min/week and costs $3.33/mo for the PRO pack.
There are many other tips for Zoom — from getting dressed as you’re really going to work, to viewing large-group conversations in ‘Gallery View’, but these 5 tips, we found as most relevant for us to manage this whole “remote-working situation”. Drop a comment or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your #1 tip for Zoom meetings. See you soon (virtually)!