BGN Virtual Events – Checklist

BGN virtual events will be held online using Zoom. Please read through this page for help with using Zoom, and also to understand BGN requirements and advice on virtual networking.

If possible, please notify the event host if you are unable to attend. This allows someone else to take your place where numbers are limited.

Etiquette for virtual events

To ensure that the event is enjoyable and valuable for everyone, please remember:

  • Be on time
  • Be polite and professional at all times
  • Behavior should be appropriate for a business meeting at all times.
  • Join from a quiet room where possible
  • Stay for the full duration of the event
  • If you will be sharing content during the event, make sure you have the files and/or links ready to go before the event begins by joining the host 5 minutes before the event is open to the public.
  • Our events open 10 minutes before scheduled so please try and join then. 
  • Try to keep your backdrop simple and appropriate to ensure participants focus on what you are saying and not your surroundings.
  • To help keep background noise to a minimum, make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking. When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise, such as shuffling papers.
  • For better audio quality, you might want to use a headset and microphone.
  • You can make it easier to focus on the meeting by turning off notifications, closing or minimizing running apps, and muting your smartphone. 
  • You’ll retain the discussion better if you refrain from replying to emails or text messages during the meeting.
  • Event host have the authority to remove you from the meeting, your if your actions or behaviour is deemed inappropriate or you make representations or statements which are inaccurate or misleading. If you are removed from a meeting for inappropriate behavior, it is likely that you will not be permitted to join any further meeting and your behaviour may be referred to the management of BGN who may wish to review your membership of BGN, if applicable.


Using Zoom: Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that video networking and events might be new to you. If it is, we want to assure you that there is no need to be nervous. To help it go as smoothly as a face to face meeting, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions:

What is a Zoom webinar?

In a Zoom webinar, BGN hosts and designated panelists will share their video, audio, and screen.

When you join a webinar, you will join as an attendee. You can see and hear your host, but won’t be able to speak or share a video. At this stage, you can interact via chat, Q&A, and polls.

Wait for us to promote you to a panelist – you may experience a short break in your connection while this is happening.

Once you have been promoted to panellist, you will be able to use your video and audio to connect with us. Check that your speaker isn’t muted or the volume turned down (but note, the meeting facilitator will mute you for some parts of the meeting to ensure that background noise and disruptions are minimised.)

How can I access Zoom?

You can use any device with speakers, a microphone and a camera, including tablets, phones, laptops and desktop. Check your device has the right settings and enough battery life before joining an event.

Download the Zoom app for the best user experience, and be sure to use version 5.0 for increased security.

If asked whether you want to open Zoom, click ‘open Zoom’. If asked about cookies, click agree and proceed.

For further guidance, visit the Zoom website, or view this video showing how to use Zoom. You can check your connections in advance: view how to join a meeting here.

Where can I find my personalised link for the event?

Your personalised link to the event will be in your booking confirmation email, or if you are a member, you can log in to my events when you log in the FSB website. Make sure you have this link to hand on the device you wish to use.

You can also download a calendar reminder from the top of the specific event page.

What if I can’t find my link?

If you have any trouble accessing the event on the day, your unique link will be listed under ‘my events’ in your Dashboard. If you can’t find your personalised link, or your link doesn’t appear to be working properly, please contact us on 0845 153 0040. We can help you access the event or send you a replacement link. Do have the event time and other details to hand if possible.

Can I use my phone to access the event?

Yes, you can download Zoom for Apple and Android. Ensure the camera is facing you to see you and try to keep the phone still with a tripod or makeshift stand. Connect to Wi-Fi where possible to ensure a stable connection and to avoid any network charges.

Who can I contact if I’m having issues during the event?

Your Event Host will facilitate the event to help get you into the meeting and try to help with any issues. Use the chat feature to ask them a question.

How can I ask a question during a webinar event?

Initially, you’ll join a webinar in a listen-only mode, and can only be unmuted by the host of the event. If you have a question for the speaker, please use the chatbox, not the Q&A box. Panellists can mute and unmute their own audio and video, and the meeting host/facilitator can also mute panellists’ video and audio.

How do I send a message on Zoom?

You can use the chat feature speak to another attendee privately or share a message with everyone. For example, if you have a technical question you may just want to ask the facilitator and not the whole group, or you may want to give your number to someone that you’d like to get in touch with.

Please also use the chat feature to share your details and collate others’ during the meeting. For example, sharing LinkedIn profiles during a networking meeting. Make sure you collect the ones that you need before leaving the meeting as we are unable to share them after the event.

Members will be emailed after the meeting has finished all members’ and visitors’ contact details. Visitors, please update your contact details on the chat so we can add you to the list for members to reach out to you for a 121 meeting.