Wednesday, June 16, 2021

You're On Mute: 101 ways to add zip to Zoom and not look tragic on Teams by Jo Hoare


I'm actually kind of shocked that YOU'RE ON MUTE has such low ratings on Goodreads because I thought it was a very helpful and humorous introductory guide to using video calls. Maybe that's the problem, though-- it's very introductory. I think the ideal audiences for this book are probably high school and college students who are just entering the work force (and possibly the virtual dating game) and older adults who might not be as used to technology and were able to get around video calls pre-COVID because they worked in industries where tech wasn't exactly a necessity.

This book provides great tips, such as online etiquette, video safety, tips for video dates, and reminders that it isn't okay to take Zoom calls into the bathroom and that you should really mute yourself if you're in a big meeting where lots of people might be making small but cumulative amounts of noise.

YOU'RE ON MUTE *is* basic but I personally found most of the advice incredibly on-point and helpful. The only one I disagreed with is the one about taking video calls outside. I conduct a lot of my meetings from my porch because my house can get noisy and I prefer the natural light. This book says it's unprofessional and hard to see, but I think if you're in a shaded, clean area, it's totally fine.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

4 out of 5 stars

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