Navigating Zoom’s New Changes

Navigating Zoom’s New Changes

For many of us in the entrepreneur industry – working remotely and having online meetings is nothing new. However, if you’re new to the group video call program, you may need some help navigating Zoom’s new changes.

Many of us work from home (or from wherever we are in the world) and are accustomed to frequently jumping on Zoom for a remote business meeting. However, now with the lockdown in place, it seems everyone is using it! Classrooms are now switching to virtual lectures in an attempt to wrap up the semester as planned. Girlfriends are gathering on the platform to enjoy happy hour together (quaran-tini, anyone?)!

For those of you that haven’t used Zoom yet – it is a cloud-based meeting platform that lets you jump into virtual conferences with video, audio, and screen-sharing options. It’s a great way for you to continue conducting business as per usual. It’s equipped with dynamic host control protocols that ensure swift collaboration with your employees, partners, and clients.

It’s also the perfect way to keep in touch with friends in times such as these. The platform can host multiple people at once and users can enjoy group collaboration from different operating systems such as Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

Whatever the reason you’re using Zoom, if you’re new to the program it can feel daunting — especially with the many recent updates and changes. Here are some tips for navigating Zoom’s new changes.

What are Zoom’s recent changes?

As of this month, Zoom now defaults all users into a ‘waiting room’ which requires participants to be approved by the host before entering the meeting. All meetings will now also require a password to enter. This measure was put in place to improve recent security and privacy issues such as ‘Zoombombing’, where random people were suddenly inviting themselves into chats and meetings that they shouldn’t have access to. 

What you need to know about the waiting room:

The waiting room has always been a Zoom feature; however, many users turned it off in the past. It’s permanently on default now, to ensure you only have people you want in the meeting! The host will be notified when you’re in the waiting room and will be able to give you access to the meeting. 

What you need to know about the password:

Previously, users only needed a Meeting ID to join a meeting. They will now require both the Meeting ID and the password. There is no need for a password if your attendees are joining via a meeting link and have a Zoom account already. All users will find the Meeting ID and password in the meeting invitation. 

Learn all about navigating Zoom’s new changes in my Bite-Sized Business Building course:

Communication is a key element for helping your business grow. Zoom’s simplicity and ease of use makes connecting and communication much more time-efficient. Not to mention screen sharing and recording features. 

I know there comes a time in growing your own business when you feel like you are drowning. You start to feel lost in all of the technology and systems you need to learn. You waste a lot of time finding answers on google. Operating at this capacity is just not sustainable or enjoyable! There is an easier way. Hire a VA who already knows how to do this stuff! Let it be easy.

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