The 2nd Thursday each Month | 
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern

GROUPtalk LIVE  Happy Hour will provide a platform for connecting, sharing, learning – and having fun!

Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month (August 2020 - July 2021) from 5:00 pm to 6:00pm (Eastern) for this informal Group gathering hosted by our Service Providers. Each month we will feature trending topics to get the conversation started before you join your favorite breakout.

Break away from your work, grab your favorite drink and get ready to chat with Group Pros and your Peers. You never know where the conversation may lead – but it will certainly be inspiring and full of valuable takeaways!

This online community is full of friendly faces ready to share and help! So come on and get happy! Mark your calendar and watch for more details coming soon!

Virtual Meeting Etiquette

Test your camera and microphone before the meeting begins. Proper virtual meeting etiquette dictates testing all your equipment well in advance of a video conference to avoid inconveniencing others participating in the meeting. That way you can work out any issues on your own time and not while others are waiting on you. First, make sure you place your camera at the right angle so other participants can see you. It’s also smart to test your laptop, tablet or smartphone camera to make sure it’s working properly. You can do this using your machine’s native tools, or your video conferencing software. But your microphone is more important than your camera. If it’s hard to make out what someone is saying during an online call, it can derail the meeting.

Announce yourself when you join the meeting. When you enter a virtual meeting announce yourself when you join. It can be awkward to hear the “someone-just-joined” ding followed by silence. When you hop on the meeting, introduce yourself and say hi – just make sure not to interrupt someone mid-sentence. And, don’t be afraid to project your voice, too! Everyone will appreciate being able to hear you without having to strain their ears or turn their volume all the way up.

Mute your microphone when you're not talking. Muting your microphone when you’re not speaking gives other participants the ability to chime in and share their thoughts without distraction or frustration.

Stay present. Give your full attention to the participants as you would if you were in the same room. Don't be distracted by e-mail, Web surfing, or texting. It may be tempting to check your inbox or carry on a side conversation during a dull moment in a meeting, but don’t do it! You might miss out on key information or an opportunity to give input. If you’re using your webcam, use attentive body language: sit up straight, don’t make big extraneous movements, and don’t let your eyes wander too much.

Do's of Video Conferencing Don'ts of Video Conferencing
Be courteous to other participants
Speak clearly
Keep body movements minimal
Move and gesture slowly and naturally
Maintain eye contact by looking into the camera
Dress appropriately
Be yourself and have fun!
Don't make distracting sounds
Don't shout
Don't make distracting movements
Don't interrupt other speakers
Don't carry on side conversations
Don't wear "noisy" jewelry
Don't cover the microphone


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