When do you put video on / off for Zoom?

Richard Fang
28 replies
Or whatever video meeting service you use :) Just wanted to hear some thoughts when you think you should put video on and off
I always have video on
I always have video off
I sometimes have video on and off
I only have video on if I'm talking

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Roy
Content marketer
Always off!
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Abel G. weldu
Head of Product @Gebeya INC
Mostly off. Except when it is a first time meet up with a potential client or interviewing a candidate.
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@abel_product Mm yeah fair points - interviews are definitely one of the key events that I always have my cam on
Ambika Mukherjee
I work for uhrs platform
Always on.
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Misha Krunic
Hi, Richard! In my case, it really depends. If I'm a part of a larger meeting (25+ attendees) then I turn it on only when I'm talking. If it's a smaller meeting it goes on a case by case basis. Cheers!
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@price2spy Very true - in large meetings I actually keep it off unless I need to talk. I feel like there's not much value going on if I do have my video on πŸ˜‚
Shashank
Founder of Blanq
It's a good idea to keep it on. It's hard to talk to blank screens as body language plays a big part in communication.
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@i_shank That's true!
Kristina Longmuir
Tax consultant who loves to teach
I usually join a meeting with camera OFF. Once I'm in and see if others are in attendance, I will turn it on. Occasionally I need to address something off camera and I may turn it off again to go handle that item and put it back on when I return to focus on the meeting.
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@kristina_longmuir Haha this is what I always do - good points
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Derek Duban
Programmer with big projects
On if their's is on, unless I know them personally, then always on.
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masaru kita
Digital marketers in Asia
It's basically ON, but it depends on the size of the meeting! or when I smoke to avoid getting caught! haha
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@new_user_256f22e9bc6d5 haha the sneaky smoke
Dimitris Karavias
Founder, Restep #NoCode
Always on. Only exception is if the connection's bad.
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@dkaravias Funny enough this happens a lot in Australia LOL
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Jake Strouse
Developer
Off if there are more than a few people in the call. If I can blend into the background of faceless people on a call, I will do that.
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Benoit Chambon
CLO & co-founder https://koinju.io
Just a few specific moments when I turn the video off (when I blow my nose (because I'm sick), when I receive a short urgent call and I don't want (out of politeness) my interlocutor to think that I don't care about our call, etc...)
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Arsen Ibragimov
Founder of Meerkad
I always stay on because in these covid times it is good to see each other :) btw do you have any lifehacks or tweaks using Zoom? I posted mine here https://bit.ly/3nyq2Ne I'm curious what do you think about them and pls feel free to share yours!
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Ben
Daily consumer of digital
I always have video on. Sometimes though, its refreshing to have an actual phone call πŸ‘
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Matthew Browne
πŸš€Thankyou 4 supporting Upflowy to #1πŸš€
For me - lockdown has really made me change my behaviour to have video always on, makes the calls feel so much more personable
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@matthew_browne1 True - I think we've changed how we approached video calls with the pandemic lockdowns!
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Richard Fang
Marketer and Lover of Tech
@matthew_browne1 Also congrats on Upflowy! I still need to check out your tool properly (Steward reached out to me about this!)
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Matthew Browne
πŸš€Thankyou 4 supporting Upflowy to #1πŸš€
@richardfliu Thanks Richard! Let me know how you go with it
Jui Pandya
UX Designer, Inventor
For me, its on and off. And I created a product for better controlling turning on and off https://www.goboop.io/
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Ahmed J
Marketing Director @ Trellis
Usually, like most people who answered, I enter the meeting with my camera off and turn it on if others have it on. Considering we're currently working in a start-up, I'm a big fan of having brainstorming sessions and important discussions with the camera on. It's difficult to build a strong company culture when most of us never met in person yet, so seeing live reactions during debates/discussions is important in my opinion.
Lior Galante Cohen (Vaza)
Team Lead @ Amy
Always on! I don't feel like I can truly engage when my video is off.
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