In this episode of the Freelancers’ Teabreak, Emma Cossey shares some of her favourite apps and tools built into Zoom that can make freelancers’ lives easier. From the handy summary feature that creates a starting point for coaching notes to the AI companion that keeps participants up to speed in group workshops, Zoom has some hidden gems. Emma also recommends apps like Tactiq for thorough transcriptions and action point summaries, the built-in timer for accountability sessions, and Group Photo for capturing high-quality group pictures.

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Introduction:
In today’s digital age, freelancers rely heavily on virtual communication platforms like Zoom to connect with clients and colleagues. However, many are unaware of the powerful apps and tools that Zoom offers to enhance productivity and streamline workflows. In this blog post, we will explore some of the top Zoom apps and tools that can benefit freelancers in their day-to-day work.

Summary of Main Points:
1. Summary and AI Companion: Zoom’s built-in summary and AI companion features are valuable tools for capturing meeting highlights and creating summaries. The summary feature generates a concise document summarizing the meeting, while the AI companion can provide catch-up summaries for latecomers. These tools serve as a starting point for creating coaching notes or sharing meeting updates with absent participants.

2. Share Screen and Recording: Share screen and recording functionalities are commonly used by freelancers during client presentations, webinars, or training sessions. Sharing your screen allows you to showcase documents, presentations, or software, while recording enables you to capture the entire session for future reference or sharing with absentees.

3. Captions: Zoom’s caption feature is particularly useful for webinars or meetings with participants who may have hearing impairments or prefer reading along.

4. Breakout Rooms: Breakout rooms allow you to divide participants into smaller groups for focused discussions or collaborative activities, making it ideal for workshops or brainstorming sessions.

5. Streaming to External Platforms: Zoom’s ability to stream meetings directly to external platforms like Facebook, YouTube, or Twitch opens up opportunities for wider audience engagement. This feature is especially handy for freelancers conducting goal-setting sessions or hosting group calls, as it allows participants to join via their preferred platform.

6. Tactiq: Tactiq is an app that transcribes conversations and offers AI-generated summaries and action points. It is particularly useful for creating blog posts or detailed meeting notes.

7. Timer App: The Timer app, built into Zoom, helps freelancers manage time during accountability sessions, body doubling sessions, or when working with clients who need time constraints.

8. Group Photo and Name Tags: Zoom’s Group Photo app ensures high-quality group photos without the need for screen captures. This feature is perfect for capturing team moments or virtual events. Name Tags by Warmly allows you to add informative bars to participants’ video feeds, providing additional context or details about each person.

9. Epic Reactions: The Epic Reactions app is a good way to celebrate people during coaching calls. It is a little pricey for what it is but a fun one if you have the budget for it.

Call to Action:
Take advantage of these Zoom apps and tools to boost your productivity as a freelancer. Experiment with different features and find the ones that best suit your needs. Remember to always check with clients and participants before using AI-based tools to ensure their comfort and consent. Join the conversation in our Facebook group, The Freelance Lifestylers, to connect with fellow freelancers and share your favourite Zoom apps and tools.

Conclusion:
Zoom offers a range of apps and tools that can significantly enhance the freelancing experience. From generating meeting summaries to managing time and engaging participants, these features can streamline workflows and improve productivity. By harnessing the power of Zoom’s apps and tools, freelancers can optimize their virtual meetings and collaborations, ultimately leading to greater success in their freelance endeavours.

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