How I Stay Present in a Zoom Call

Over the past few months I've landed on a some simple tricks to keep my mind focused and engaged with the person I'm speaking to:

  • Make the Zoom window full screen
  • Pin the speaker view
  • Hide the selfie view
  • Use a paper notepad (vs. computer notes)
  • Turn on DND on my devices
  • Move my external mouse and keyboard to an inconvenient place

What this looks like in practice: me sitting across the table from you, listening intently, taking notes. Zoom meetings are not nearly as rewarding as meeting in-person. Maybe 50%. But it's better than nothing.

Written on Nov 2nd, 2020