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Organizational Tips

How to Host a Virtual Book Club Meeting

Mar 24, 2020



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Nancy Brown

Just like in person meetings, virtual meetings come with some best practices. If you’ve never hosted a virtual meeting here are some general tips:


Microphone: Make sure you are not muted! You can check this by looking at the microphone (located at the bottom of the screen) and check whether or not it’s switched on. This can be done by just clicking on it. It’s also best to minimize background noise and try to speak one at a time. 


Viewing options: you can choose how other people’s videos are displayed. We recommend “gallery view” for GoToMeeting, Zoom and Skype. And for Google Hangout you can choose “tiled” layout by clicking on the three dots located on the bottom right and selecting “change layout”.


Chat feature: all of these platforms also have a chat feature which allows you to write to the whole group or an individual member. This can be useful if you have a particular chatty group and need to get a message across or just sent out a reminder.


Snacks and drinks: just because you are meeting virtually doesn’t mean you have to hold the cheese and crackers. So pour a cup of coffee, glass of wine, pop some popcorn, show off your cheese board and have some fun!!!




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Nancy Bartelt

Apr 03, 2020 - 4 days

We don't want to video conference - just type in comments to each other. Tried doing is as message posts which worked but EVERY post also got sent as an email! now we all have 60 email messages to delete. any suggestions?

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Ally Quaintance

Apr 02, 2020 - 4 days

That happens a lot of you do not have very strong wifi. Zoom takes a lottttt

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Mar 28, 2020 - 10 days

Hi from Brisbane Australia. Has anyone experienced recent online conferencing? One of our members said Zoom froze a lot last night during meeting of 10 people...