• Susan Fisher

Zoom Fatigue ? How to beat it.


Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Webex, Facetime - all of these can make you feel wiped out after a bunch of online meetings. Here are some things you can do to reduce the brain strain.



Problem:

You are are fed up with "living in a fishbowl" - being on show in a small box.


Solution:

  • Agree that you can switch off video some of the time

  • Sit to the side (instead of front and centre) for part of the meeting when you are just listening


Problem:

You find the meeting themselves exhausting - too much to process from too many faces.


Solution:

  • Look away from the screen through a window behind your computer or at the familiar objects around the room

  • Focus on a few people - not everyone in the meeting.


Problem:

People feel more tired than they would in live meetings.


Solution:

  • Less Meetings - use chat, email, or call them !

  • Shorter Meetings

  • Breaks of at least 15 minutes between meetings to relax


Problem:

You feel you have to show a higher level of engagement because you are being seen on screen.


Solution:

  • Show engagement by contributing to the discussion or writing in chat


Problem:

You find it hard to be interesting when you are talking or presenting on Zoom.


Solution:

  • Keep it very short

  • Use the tools that liven things up - Whiteboard, Break Out Rooms




It's a great tool but I'm just wondering what "zoomed out" will mean when this is all over ?



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