A Basic Introduction to Zoom

Zoom allows you to attend a Johnson Society meeting, in the sense that you will be able to see and hear the speaker and other participants. You can also be seen and heard, but only if you so wish.


Signing up to Zoom

  • In order to be able to access the meeting, you will need to have signed up to Zoom beforehand.
  • Go to the Zoom website at https://zoom.us (If clicking on this link does not work, just type ‘Zoom’ into your browser.)
  • Click on the “Sign up for free” button (as this suggests, it will not cost you anything). This will download Zoom onto your PC.


Attending the JS meeting by Zoom

  • You will need to let Phil Jones know by email if you intend to attend the meeting (jones201010@yahoo.co.uk)
  • I will send an email which contains a link to the meeting and a password.
  • A few minutes before the meeting, click on the link and enter the password if a password is requested (sometimes a password is not needed). This will take you into the meeting.
  • You may get a message saying “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”.  If so, you just have to wait until the meeting starts.


Appearing on screen

At bottom left of the Zoom screen is a camera icon marked ‘Stop Video’ or ‘Start Video’.

If you click on ‘Stop Video’, you will not be visible to other participants. They will see a black box with your name on it. A red cross will appear on the camera icon.

If you click on ‘Start Video’, you will be visible.



It is important that everyone is muted during the talk, as the microphones are very sensitive and will broadcast your every cough or shuffle. The host will mute everyone at the beginning of the talk.

If you wish to ask a question or make a comment after the talk, you will need to unmute yourself. At bottom left of the Zoom screen is a microphone icon marked ‘Mute’ or ‘Unmute’. (When you are muted, the icon has a red cross through it.) You may also make use of the ‘Chat’ function to type any questions or comments you may have.


Leaving the meeting

To leave the meeting, click on the red “Leave” button.


Zoom reception

If you have reception difficulties, it often helps to turn off other devices running from the same router (phones, ipads, etc) while you are in the Zoom meeting.