You can now book a goat to liven up your boring Zoom meeting (yes,seriously)

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You can now actually rent goats to liven up your Zoom calls. Look, that’s just the type of world we live in now, okay? Deal with it. Zoom. When you hear the word, you no longer think “going fast.” You think, “How I now spend my days communicating with my colleagues.” We can thank the COVID-19 pandemic for that. And while Zoom conference calls were novel—even a bit of fun—when lockdown started, let’s face it, now they’re just old hat and can tend to be outright boring (Zoombombing incidents aside). But hey, at least it enables us to keep working safely. Read Full Story

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How to professionally decline an unnecessary Zoom meeting

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Video calls are sometimes the most productive way to get work done. But not every Zoom call is essential. December means a lot of things—the holidays, end-of-year wrap-ups, and, this year: intense Zoom fatigue. After almost nine months of meetings, happy hours, and even conferences, you’re not alone if you’re dreading another packed day of back-to-back video calls. Read Full Story

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I’ve been doing Zoom meetings for years. These 7 tricks make them great

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Put your virtual face on, watch videos together, and even help troubleshoot remote computers with these cool Zoom features. Thanks to the coronavirus scare, Zoom has become a household name. It’s a great platform for videoconferencing and one that I’ve been using for years. It’s a must have for attending daily—sometimes hourly—remote meetings with coworkers around the world. Read Full Story

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Not another Zoom meeting: 5 alternatives to video communication

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If you’re feeling drained by back-to-back video calls, there are other options for staying connected and getting work done. Much has been written in the past several months about the humble Zoom meeting (or Skype, or Google Hangout, or Houseparty call). If you’re like many, you may be realizing that back-to-back video calls—while often necessary—can leave you feeling slowly worn down. Read Full Story

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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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Why you feel exhausted from endless Zoom calls

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It’s called “Zoom fatigue.” Here are some strategies to reduce it. With much of the world in lockdown, our time spent on video calls has risen rapidly . Videoconferencing has expanded from being a tool for business meetings to something we use to socialize, worship, and even date on. Read Full Story

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7 simple ways to make meetings better (or not have them at all)

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There’s nothing quite as soul-sucking as seeing your calendar lined up with a day full of back-to-back Zoom meetings. These asynchronous tips will help. Meetings, am I right? As the world has adapted to remote life, there’s nothing quite as soul-sucking as seeing your calendar lined up with a day full of back-to-back Zoom meetings. Part of the dread is that you don’t even know if they’re going to be a good use of your time—or worse, you know they won’t be but still feel like you have to show your face. Read Full Story

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5 fundamental steps to supporting (and retaining) working parents

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Working parents still face an intense struggle caregiving while operating remotely. This is how managers can show their commitment. Earlier this week I was on a video call with the executive team at Mailchimp, and my youngest daughter Jane woke up crying. I turned off video, put on headphones, and balanced my laptop on her changing table so I could pay attention to the meeting while I got her back to sleep. As I was bouncing and shushing her over the noise machine, Zoom kept reminding me I was on mute, and I just hoped no one would ask me a question. Read Full Story

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