There is a standard etiquette for attending zoom meetings. Think about how you normally conduct yourself in in-person groups. This understanding ought to be your guide for zoom groups as well.

  • Do your best to join the group on time and stay for the duration of the meeting. We generally start 3-5 minutes after stated start time. Groups start at 6:30 and end at 8pm.
  • Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit for the duration.
  • Out of respect for the group, we ask that each of us give our full attention throughout the meeting and to whomever is sharing in the moment. Imagine how it would feel to you if while you were sharing, another attendee starts moving around, eating or turning on and off his/her video without warning.
  • The expectation is for everyone to engage one another with our videos on. Interaction with video allows for more comfortable sharing. If you are unable to use video for extenuating circumstances, feel free to use the call in feature instead, as one way viewing can make others feel uncomfortable.
  • If you are in an area with background noise, please mute yourself when not talking.
  • Please do not have sidebar conversations on “chat”.
  • Please do your best to stay until the group is over. If, however, you have an extenuating circumstance and have to leave, out of courtesy, please let the group know by using the chat feature. That way we won’t be concerned about the unexplained departure of an attendee.
  • If you have an extenuating circumstance that does not allow you to sit in front of the video screen and you would prefer not to use the call-in feature, please talk it over with your facilitator. When appropriate, exceptions can be made.