Best Practices for Community Video Calls

Take some time before the call to make sure your Technology is working Properly

  • We will be using Zoom for our calls. If you don't already have it installed, you can get it {here}
  • Use a wired Ethernet connection if you have a slow wifi connection.
  • Be sure your laptop or device are plugged in to a power source because battery use degrades video quality.
  • Earbuds or headphones will help avoid audio feedback or echo.
  • Go to Zoom early and test your connections so it does not delay the scheduled call.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Call in from a quiet location so background noise like traffic or conversations do not interfere with the call.
  • Make sure you are not sitting with a window or bright light behind you as it will cause a distracting glare and put you in a shadow.
  • Sit in a well lit space so you can be clearly seen.
  • If you are calling from your home remember that this call will be publicly available and make sure your space reflects tidiness and background items suitable for visitors. (Avoid bedrooms)

Be aware of your behavior

  • Remember people can see what you are doing at all times. If you need a private moment, turn off your video and join us again when appropriate.
  • Eating while on a video call is potentially offensive to many and highly distracting. If you must snack please turn off the video and the audio.
  • Dress appropriately and modestly. This is a family friendly conversation.

On the call

  • Be nice.
  • Relax. This is a conversation, not an interview.

After the call

  • You will be notified with the video is live.
  • Be sure to share it with your friends.
  • Check back often and follow "Together-ing" on Facebook to see what others are doing and expand your community by making new friends.

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