GIG ZOOM - FIRST TIME
The way the GIG Zoom call works is once enough people are in the room, the host will drop people into smaller breakout rooms of between 5 to 6 people. The people you pair with will be random. You’ll stay in these breakout rooms for 20 minutes, at which point a countdown will be displayed indicating you’ll be bought back to the main lobby.
Once everyone is back in the lobby, after a minute or two (if you want to grab a drink, use the bathroom, etc) the next round will begin, that will include any new people who have joined during that time.
And that’s it!
(Here's a visual guide to how it works if it helps!)
Some etiquette rules and suggestions that will probably be helpful:
- Have your video switched on, and your mic on mute when you enter a room for the first time.
- If you are joining with a friend and would like to stay with them for the first few breakout rooms to get the hang of it, that can be arranged! Simply message the host via Zoom DM or their Twitter DM.
- You also don't need to head to your break out room immediately, if you have more questions for the host - or alternatively if you're in a breakout room you don't like, simply come back to the lobby and ask to be placed in a different one.
- You don’t need to be here for the entire 12 hours, nor do you need to join right at the start. You can come and go as you please, no pressure.
- When you join the call right click on your image to rename yourself to include your twitter handle (if you have one) as well as your pronouns (he/him, she/her, them/they).
- If you need to leave a room because your children are yelling/dinner is ready/someone in the chat you don’t like, then try to say goodbye, but also, it’s totally acceptable just to leave. There should be no judgement from any of us towards this, let’s not speculate or judge.
- We can’t exchange business cards, but you can directly message people via the zoom chat.
- When entering a room for the first time, go around and introduce who you are, what you do, and where you’re based.
- Try to start conversations and engage with everyone in the room – ask questions, get involved!