Best Zoom Meeting Practices

It’s highly likely that since the initial lockdown for the Coronavirus that you’ve been subjected to, or I mean, allowed to participate in one or more electronic meetings. Most likely on Zoom.

While some of this should be common sense, let’s talk about Best Practices for a Zoom Meeting.

Here are some things that should help.

1. Use the video option. People want to see your smiling face even if you’re wearing the same pair of pajamas you put on in March.

2. That said, don’t wear your pajamas, even if they’re freshly laundered. At last put on a clean shirt and comb your hair.

3. Have good lighting. You can spend a lot of money on lighting and you should if you’re planning on making videos. But make sure that your face can be seen.

4. Figure out where the camera is on your device. Use a Post-It if you need to to flag where you should be looking.

5. Don’t sign onto your first Zoom meeting at one minute before start time. You’ll need to download the app and make sure your system is compatible.

6. If you’re not talking, put your computer on mute. That way if the doorbell rings and your dogs go crazy, the meeting won’t be interrupted.

7. Don’t eat during the meeting. It’s just not nice. A cup of coffee or a bottle of water is fine. Don’t bring your snacks.

8. And whatever you do, don’t take your device to the bathroom. Come on, you’ve been on a call and heard that toilet flush, haven’t you? D on’t do that.

9. Pay attention. Don’t try to get caught up on other work during the meeting. It’s likely you’re not going anywhere and neither is the work.

10. Learn how to push that little “Leave Meeting” button. The host should be last to leave.

Technology is new and constantly changing. We’re all adapting to how we need to use it effectively.

Do your homework and make it a pleasant experience for everyone involved.

These are not the Tonys we’re looking for

These are not the Tonys we’re looking for

COVID-19 has devastated the economy and, in particular, the performaing arts community. Theaters have shut down across the country with no idea when it will be safe to return. Hollywood is at a standstill.

And just this past week we learned that Broadway will stay closed until September (CBSNews). That’s not surprising since New York City is one of the hardest hit areas in the country. Still, it hurts.

To make up for it, partially, Disney Plus announced this week that they will air the filmed version of the original cast of Hamilton beginning July 3, a year earlier than expected.

Don’t throw away your shot.

Speaking of throwing away, CBS tried, but they really can’t replace the Tonys.

They’ve scheduled a “Sing-a-Long” of the movie version of Grease.

This is not the one that we want…ooh…ooh…ooh…

Sure, Grease is a great movie. We even saw the original show on Broadway before the movie.

But it’s not quite up to the level of replacing the Tonys.

It’s just not.

We’ll probably watch anyway.

Michael Fletcher
Managing Director
Historic Occasions

The Atlanta Compromise

On this day in 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered the Alanta Compromise address.

This was an agreement between Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute, other African-American leaders, and Southern white leaders. It was first supported, and later opposed by W. E. B. Du Bois and other African-American leaders.

The agrement was never written down. It agreed that blacks would not ask for the right to vote, would not retaliate against racist behavior, and would tolerate segregation and discrimination. The would also receive free basic education, limited to vocational or industrial training. Liberal arts education would be prohibited.

Black leaders began to take issue with the compromise at the turn of the 20th century. Following Washington’s death in 1915, supporters of the Atlanta compromise slowly shifted their support to civil rights activism, leading up to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.

Booker T. Washington was born in Hale’s Ford, Virginia in 1856 (date unknown). He died in Tuskegee, Alabama on November 14, 1915.