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Monday, June 22, 2020

Recent Media Interviews

Given Zoom's sudden popularity, it has become part of my job to be a media spokesperson for Zoom in our markets outside the US. I've learned a whole lot about speaking with the media over the last few months and overall it has been a very positive experience to tell Zoom's story at this crazy time. I'm going to use this post to track the interviews I've been doing. More to come!

20minutos - Spanish Publication (my first media interview in Spanish)

New York Times - This was a random one, did not have anything to do with work, but a journalist from the NYT saw a tweet I wrote complaining about the internet and reached out. 

Empregos.com - Brazilian TV interview. 2nd one here. 

BBC Radio Interview I did on the Business Matters show. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Post MBA Career Decisions: Big Tech or Late Stage Startup

A friend of mine invited me recently to talk to the Duke MBA tech club about career paths in tech for MBA's post business school. In this 5 minute clip I shared my experience and some of the pros and cons of going to one of the big tech companies or pursuing a late stage startup, as well as the potential career implications.




Friday, April 17, 2020

A Guide to Running LDS Church Service (or really any church service) Virtually Over Zoom

Hi all,

I've been getting a ton of questions about having church meetings over Zoom. I've worked at Zoom for the last 3+ years. Here is crash course.



First, Zoom has a very robust free product that can have meetings with 100 people at a time. To sign up for free just go to Zoom.com. The main limitation is that there is a 40 minute time limit if you are meeting with 3 or more people. This can be used for all sorts of meetings, large and small. You can even do breakout rooms and divide people up into smaller classes. If you are going to have church meetings virtually, I strongly recommend you use some of the security features outlined here. Please use passwords.



You're better off posting meeting invite details into email lists and not publicly on social media. If you share a Zoom meeting invite on social media and don't have a password or enable waiting rooms, anyone and I mean ANYONE can join your meeting.

If you want to meet for over 40 minutes, you can buy one license for $14.99 here. https://zoom.us/pricing

If you are going to have consistent ward wide or congregation wide meetings over Zoom. I recommend you run this as a Zoom Webinar. Check this article out for a how to. This means you'll only see video and audio from the speakers. In a normal Zoom meeting everyone can be on video and audio. A webinar will make it easier to manage a large group, you can also stream it to Facebook or YouTube. Webinar licenses start at $40/a month depending on how many people you are expecting.

A few other quick tips.

1. You can broadcast video and audio so for the music you can share YouTube clips, PPT or visual aid.
2. You can mute everyone all at once.
3. You can make a meeting setting so people will be automatically muted upon entry. A really good idea.
4. For the paid versions of Zoom it also includes a dial in number which can be helpful for people w/o computer access or have difficulty with technology.
5. It generally does not work well to have everyone singing at once. Best to have one person sing and others sing at home, or just broadcast it.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My Recent Post on Nathan Tanner's Blog

Recently, an author and good friend of mine, Nathan Tanner asked if I'd answer a few career related questions for his blog. I was flattered because he has been the guy I call the last few years when I had a tricky career or HR situation. As I answered the questions, I really enjoyed reflecting on a few lessons, failures and critical moments. Check it out if you are interested.




I highly recommend you check out the rest of his blog and book for great career related content.