How are your zoom meetings going?


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This was Friday's Deck discussion.  Well this and women of the 70' adult industry. :rolleyes:

Zoom/microsoft teams/Google Hangout/Webex

Take your pick. God knows that if you are in business/working from home, you are using one of these on a regular basis.  I am talking about work and not lounging around with mates. 

So for work purposes:

Your Ideal meeting length for 2 people

What do you consider the maximum effective meeting time for a group of 4 or more?

 

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We zoom all the time now. Most go 30-60 minutes. All business beyond the first five minutes discussing lockdown life. 

Most times we can get whatever needs to be done in 30 minutes or so. Only two of us, we do it by phone.

30 minutes is probably the most productive.

Having had to use all platforms mentioned and from previous experience I'd have to rate them in order by functionality Zoom, GHO, WX, Teams.

Rather be watching '70s porn more often than not. Wish they knew more about waxing back then though.....

 

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I haven’t seen a coworker in person since March. Everything done via Zoom for calls and video conferencing, with most written communication via Slack. Agree with @Habana Mike that 30 minutes is both most common and most effective. 45 minutes seems to be the upper limit of productivity

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Not real comfortable having to see my own face in a meeting, but I do appreciate being able to read into the nuances of facial expressions that are only revealed in a Zoom meeting. A new form of body English has been unleashed. 

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MS Teams can die a fiery pain filled death. At least on Mac OS X. I teach a 3 and 2 hour lecture and a 5 hour lab online. At least it’s college. I have no idea how elementary school and middle school teachers are doing this.

We were told by our “online education consultants” to keep topics between 10-15 minutes in length. BAH, end me now please.

At least from time to time I claim “bandwidth issues”, turn my camera off and sit on the porch and smoke a cigar.

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Finally back in the office this week but we used to have a daily zoom call with the team to catch up and found 30 minutes a good point where it didnt go too long.

One thing I did note was I need to improve the lighting at home, the LED ceiling light would strobe so I had to turn it off and now use a camera light to get my face on camera.

Happy to be back in the office though, a break from the baby...

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If we're 2, then it's probably someone I used to work really close with. Ideal is 30 minutes but usually we talk for an hour or so. We work while talking, sharing our screens for instant feedback (I work as an art director/designer/animator)
With 4 or more everyone just stops to listen after 45 minutes. Every single time.

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It's brought interesting dynamics. Recently the team I am apart of has used turning off our video as a form of protest. So when the Director royally F'ed us with an a$$kissing manager who is incompetent we have been on silent protest and not turning our video on. 

 

Overall using Microsoft teams / zoom has been great. When someone says something stupid you can mute your audio and curse them out to their face. Very therapeutic. 

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I spend 3-4 hours on webex a day.

we have fancy copy of webex that allow white boarding, polls, and other forms of interactive activities.

just be careful when sharing a screen...don't share the screen that is browsing FOH :)

i'm fine with times up to 1 hr and up to 4 or 5 people. and long, or any more, and things get...challenging.

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We used to use Skype but now globally we use Teams. For two people 20 to 30 minutes is best. Four people I like them no longer than an hour otherwise just not as productive.

Did do a virtual Leadership Conference the other day that was usually an in person all day event. This was a 3 hour WebEx and it was certainly easy for it to be interactive in various ways for attendees to be involved.

My camera doesn’t work so people just see a picture of me that I put in my profile. I think the tape over the lens may be the issue


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4 hours ago, El Presidente said:

......i had this one covered :D

Canyon  / Parker were the top picks 

Canyon wasn't in the 70s, she started in mid 80s. What about Millington, Chambers (she was a bit scandalous at the time), Seka, Lahaie, Laing etc. Chambers especially, due to her former worker before porn, and also for her history making work in porn.

This was the Golden Age of porn. Films of this time were seminal works that later grew into the porn empires of today. :rolleyes:

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30 minutes is the sweet spot for me. If a meeting is scheduled for 45-60 minutes there seems to be an attitude that we have time for chit chat: before you know it we've been discussing [insert topic here] for 15 minutes, rush through the agenda and then schedule a follow up meeting because we ran out of time.

 

The company I work for has offices in Amsterdam and Dublin. I'm in the US, west coast. It never fails that when I have an early morning meeting that includes those offices, they cancel at the last minute - when I'm asleep. Nothin' like waking up early when you don't have to (I generally start work between 9-10AM).

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I find meeting duration and numbers irrelevant. Its all about managing the meeting. We use teams more than anything but it's great you can jsut mute people etc. Run the meeting like a dictatorship. It works great. No need to should over someone or have to wait till they finish their rant. Just mute and bring it back in line. 

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We use zoom and teams, although a lot more people wanting to use teams as of late. Average session is 30-50 minutes, I can only tolerate ~20, but that’s not much different than how I feel about in person meetings. 

The really tough ones are when there’s more than 4-5 people. We do our weekly management meeting with 8-10 people in about 45 minutes, and it’s generally tolerable and well run. We’ve been running the same meeting for 7-8 years so everyone knows the rules and most have learned how to use Zoom properly 5 months in. 

I was on a 90 min Zoom with a client and roughly 20 of their doctors yesterday, it was not pleasant. 
 

 

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Back when I was a project manager, I did run my meetings like a dictatorship (5-15 people, 30-60 min, depending on topics).  Meeting minutes and agendas for the next meeting were sent out several days beforehand, everyone had a set time limit to provide updates and discuss issues (each time limit was different, depending on that team's topics). If a specific topic needed more indepth discussion (that didn't involve the majority of the group) it would be set aside for a follow up meeting. If something wasn't on the meeting agenda it was parked until the end of the meeting (I always allowed 10 minutes at the end for free discussion). And everyone was expected to turn up or send in a sub to provide their update. For my own team meeting (2-5 people), 15-30 min was more than enough time.

I tended to cut off some of my senior managers who liked to waffle on or divert the meeting to their own agendas, and park their topic till the end of the meeting or just tell them it is not relevant to this particular meeting. But you just had to, as some of us were in meetings sometimes up to 4-5 hours a day. People don't like being stuck in meetings when they could be getting things done. If I call the meeting and chair it, therefore I am the one in charge, not my manager or anyone else.

Also really annoyed some managers as I stopped approving travel vouchers to fly in for the meeting. I argued that flying in and staying for 1 day was not only impractical, it was a waste of project funds and an unnecessary waste of time. This was back in the days when vid conferencing was not common and you needed a lot of specific equipment. GoToMeeting was just starting and I was pushing for its use across my department to reduce costs. My snr manager nicknamed me "Genghis", and not because he found out some of my ancestry is Mongolian. :rotfl:

The real killer meetings were program meetings or project governance meetings. Those would be whole day affairs, with each project having 1 hour to provide updates. 6-8 hr meeting, with 10 minute break every 2 hours, and 30 min lunch break after 4 hrs. Way too long, and most people either only came in for their bit, or just didn't pay attention until their time began.

 

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4 hours ago, LLC said:

We used to use Skype but now globally we use Teams. For two people 20 to 30 minutes is best. Four people I like them no longer than an hour otherwise just not as productive.

Did do a virtual Leadership Conference the other day that was usually an in person all day event. This was a 3 hour WebEx and it was certainly easy for it to be interactive in various ways for attendees to be involved.

My camera doesn’t work so people just see a picture of me that I put in my profile. I think the tape over the lens may be the issue emoji1787.png


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Big fan of blue tape over the lens! Of course I look like a caveman now so probably best for all involved...

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I've worked remote since 2014. In that time I've used Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, and Teams. Hangouts was the easiest to use, but also had more technical issues. Zoom has worked well and aside from privacy issues is my top pick. 

In my line of work two people can get most things done in 30 min. 

Four people, if you can stay on topic, 30 min. Realistically 45 - 60 min, depending on how chatty the group is. 

Thankfully Slack can help cut down on meetings, if you create dedicated channels by project or topic. 

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It is a thing of beauty to marvel at the cluster that is conducting court proceedings via webex. There have been women making noises indicating they were near climax, a young boy screaming the F word into the phone increasingly louder and giggling maniacally, dogs barking, swearing, and even some gratuitous nudity....all in open court. I'm one of the lonely holdouts who has appeared in court in person since March to get a front row seat for all the mayhem. It is absolutely ?.   Nothing of substance has gotten done since April and I can't wait to see what becomes of it all once things go back to normal and the dockets are packed to capacity. 

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I have very limited experience with Zoom, don't have an account myself but participate regularly in a social gathering someone else hosts. I Zoomed with two colleagues yesterday. None of us had an account and we sadly ️ poofed ️in a quick 40 minutes. It was a shockingly short amount of time.  I'd suggest using a password for the meeting to avoid interlopers.

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Your Ideal meeting length for 2 people

20 - 30 minutes tops. Unless it's an ongoing project in which case I require an outline prior to accepting the meeting.

What do you consider the maximum effective meeting time for a group of 4 or more?

45 minutes. Additionally any meetings that involve more than 5 people are a shit show because it turns out fully functioning adults don't understand how to use any of the 75 pairs of earbuds they've collected over half a lifetime of cellular ownership instead of the microphone and speakers built into their laptop.

I hope that there is a special place in hell reserved for them, where they suffer an eternity of toilet echo audio.

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