In a Zoom meeting you don’t want to be in? This will get you out of it

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You can make your connection seem spotty or take your pick of artificial distractions: baby crying, man weeping, or urination. Or a mash-up of all three. A year into working from home, the number of Zoom meetings that should be phone calls is only rising. And our Zoom-avoidance strategies have not gotten any better. We may have toyed with blaming power outages and broken internet connections, and some may have resorted to fake freezing when called upon on a video chat. (Mouth agape, mid-sentence is a nice touch.) Read Full Story

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How to professionally handle an awkward Zoom interruption

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Whether your screen freezes or your kid interrupts that big Zoom presentation, these moments happen—especially when working from home. Working from home and embracing new technology can set up some embarrassing situations. From being interrupted on video conferences by family members to unknowingly enabling a cat filter, expect the unexpected. The best way to professionally handle awkward situations is to roll with them, says Peggy Caruso, author of Take the First Shot: Strategies to Fire You Up and Change Your Life . Read Full Story

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Slack and Zoom were distracting our teams. Here’s how we regained focus

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This PR company took a deep dive into what was knocking some employees off their game and came up with new rules to govern its communications that boosted productivity and reduced stress. Whether your team is working from home or in the office, workplace distractions can be difficult to avoid. A Zoom meeting or Slack message can dislodge you from your flow state just as surely as someone sidling up to your cubicle and asking you about your weekend plans. Read Full Story

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5 Zoom tools you need to take your virtual meetings to the next level

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Pro tip: one of these features will practically guarantee you won’t have an embarrassing mishap with a hot mic. With many of us working from home for the foreseeable future, videoconferencing has become a critical part of our professional and even personal lives. While there are several tools available for remote workers to use, such as Skype, Google Meet, or Webex, Zoom is one of the best, most stable, and easiest apps to use for virtual meetings. Read Full Story

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