Tips & Tricks for using Zoom for CALL Meetings and Webinars
Quick Guide to Getting Started
As a participant in a Zoom meeting you do not need a paid zoom account
There are two ways to join a Zoom Meeting/Webinar:
Usual: Click on the URL link in the Zoom Meeting/Webinar invitation the Facilitator sent you.
Alternate (assumes you have downloaded the Zoom App on your device): Click the Zoom App Icon, click ‘Join a Meeting’ and enter the ‘Meeting ID’ and ‘Passcode’ that was in the invitation the Facilitator sent you.
Click on Join at https://zoom.us/test in advance of your meeting to confirm that your computer is “Zoom-ready” and you can practice the procedure to enter the meeting.
Most Zoom devices; laptops, tablets (iPad) and smart phones, have built in cameras and microphones. Most desktop computers need an ‘external’ camera/microphone or headset (with microphone) which must be purchased separately.
Having light coming towards you (instead of from behind) is best
Only CALL Presentations which follow the Recording Policy can be recorded.
Keep the operating system on your device up to date
If you use it, ensure you have the latest Zoom client and be familiar with how to use its functions. For example, how to turn your camera and microphone on/off, send chat messages, etc.
Restart your computer and close out all of the other active windows on your device to reduce the technical strain. This helps Zoom to run more smoothly.
Log in to the meeting at least 15 minutes early to make sure your connection to the Zoom meeting works
If you have registered for a Zoom event, you will always get a reminder email 24 hours before the event occurs. This email will have the correct link to the meeting.
If you cannot seem to get into a Zoom meeting, check your email inbox. If there is a system wide failure or last minute event cancellation, new instructions or advisories will be sent out via email.
Once the meeting is over, delete your invitation to that Zoom meeting. This avoids problems for recurring Zoom events.