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General Etiquette for AC Library’s Online Programs

by Stay Safe, Kind & Connected Blog Team on 2020-06-30T09:57:13-07:00 | Comments

General Etiquette for AC Library’s Online Programs

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By Tamecca Brewer, Alexandria Peretiako, and Polina Rubanova

We are happy that you are interested in joining our exciting online programs. Don’t worry if you are brand new at doing this and are a little nervous about trying it out. We’re here to help.

Here are a few tips to enhance your experience. Utilizing these tips makes online interactions more enjoyable: we may even forget that we aren’t together in person! Read through the tips and join a program to try them out. It’ll be fun. Remember, this is new for all of us!

1. Mute your mic until it is your turn to speak.

These are online social events and we are all excited to join in and share. But since we are online, there are limitations. Only one person can speak at a time. Let’s avoid:

“I’m sorry, you go....”

“No, sorry I--”

“Well, what I was sayi--”

“I’m sorry, were you saying something?”

“Go ahead, no sorry, you go....”

Muting your mic and speaking in turn helps us to have smooth interactions and productive, enjoyable programs.

2. Participate!

Even if you are joining in for the first time or just checking it out, try participating. It’ll be fun and a great way to connect with others. We will appreciate and acknowledge your efforts, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to participate. You can nod your head, communicate through chat, unmute yourself to speak, give hand gestures, etc. You have a voice, this is a great opportunity to share it, and we’d love to “hear” it.

3. Give your full attention. 

We understand how tempting it is to check your phone, browse the internet, or enjoy a snack! But with all of the distractions online, programs can be a moment to take a break from multitasking and just be present and connect.  We even like to pretend that that we are in the program in person! Try it with us!

Ready to try out these tips? Click here to register for our exciting upcoming programs. We can’t wait to see you!


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