UW Zoom

Tips for Successful Zoom Meetings

Here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a successful UW Zoom meeting.

Prepare for the Meeting

Equipment and Access

  • Please schedule any “live” class sessions for the same time you would normally hold class.
  • Remind your participants that they must log in to Zoom with their UW NetID
  • Test your audio and video in Zoom before going live
  • Use a headset and microphone if you have them, to reduce background noise
  • Close unnecessary tabs in your browser

Look your best

  • Lighting should come from in front of you or from the side, in order to best light your face
  • Keep your background clear of distractions
  • Look at your webcam, not at the screen
  • Use gestures and mannerisms that you would typically use in person

Participate Productively

  • Notify participants at the beginning of your Zoom meeting that this will be recorded
  • If you aren’t talking, mute or turn off your microphone.
  • Don’t have side conversations.
  • Avoid noisy activities like typing while your microphone is on.
  • Talk to your participants at the start of your Zoom meeting about the best way they can ask a question

Helpful Host Tips

  • Review your host controls and meeting settings ahead of time
  • Remember to start the recording (or set up automatic recordings)
  • Share housekeeping details with attendees
    • Remind them to mute their mics when others are presenting or speaking
    • Let them know how they can get your attention during the meeting
      • Will you be checking the chat window?
      • Should they unmute themselves to speak up?