Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications. It’s an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars. Their free plan can host meetings with up to 100 participants. Voted #1 in video conferencing software.
- Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings for free.
- Calendar integration for both Google and Outlook.
- Desktop and application sharing (multiple people can share at the same time).
- Virtual waiting room option.
- Free version hosts up to 100 participants with a 40 minutes limit on group meetings.
- Paid version starts from $14.99 per month/user.
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I use multiple tools, both as a teleworker and as an independent consultant.
However, Zoom is the one I use the most. That’s because it’s free for one-on-one meetings and allows group calls with up to three people free for 40 minutes. Like GoToMeeting, Zoom allows me to screen share applications. I use it when conducting one-on-one meetings as seeing one another’s faces helps create connection and trust. I also use it when conducting live training sessions, as I can see the participant’s reactions as they view my presentation deck live on the screen.
My preferred video conference software is Zoom. Following are two simple,yet powerful Zoom tools I use to enhance my virtual meetings and training:
#1 – Screen Sharing: Adult learners have limited attention spans and a variety of learning styles. Even if you are an excellent speaker, there are a lot of things competing for your audiences’ attention in the virtual learning environment. Use the screen sharing tool to share relevant documents, slides and images while presenting and maintain your audience’s attention.
#2 – Participant Feedback: Zoom’s participant feedback tool allows presenters to receive non-verbal feedback from meeting attendees. This feature is particularly useful for quick check ins. Simply ask participants to give a thumbs up if they are ready to proceed or select the raise hand, if they have questions. The coffee cup icon is great to use before taking breaks and the check mark or thumbs up can be used to indicate they are ready to resume the meeting. Lastly, the applause icon works well to praise presenters and colleagues for a successful meeting.
For video conferencing, I only use Skype and Zoom.
I like zoom mainly because of its high-quality audio, video, and screen sharing capabilities. It has a webinar functionality which can cater up to 100 interactive video participants.
Another great feature of Zoom is its group collaboration functionality. You can create groups that can send text, image, or audio files to members of the group. Its ease of use is comparable to no other software in the market right now. Anyone can be an expert when using Zoom. And the best part, I like to use Zoom to record tutorial videos that I can easily share to my group.