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Eating on Video?

Is it just me, or does the sound/sight of someone eating while you're on a video call drive you crazy? I personally feel nauseated by the sound of someone chewing in my ear, especially if its' someone I do not know. I know that's a "me thing", but I find it's common courtesy to not eat when on zoom.


I see the argument for eating on an internal zoom call, especially if you're West Coast and stuck on an internal meeting during breakfast/lunch...but you better be on mute, right? What do you think?

Eating on Video?
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CoorsKing
WR Officer
+13
King of the Coors Knights
Video off and mute. I get stuck in meetings over lunch regularly, and I just turn my video off and go on mute while chewing. Not too difficult, and everyone understands. Had a call where I explained why I had my camera off (this was a technical demo my SE was leading so minimal talking from me anyway), and the prospect actually said "thank god, if you don't mind I will do the same. I have been trying to squeeze in lunch as well."Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Take this damn upvote for being a hero for those of us who can't watch/hear people eating without wanting to toss our computer into the shadow realm.
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Senior AM
been thereΒ 
paddy
WR Officer
+11
Account Executive
Personally I don't give a shit but like, know your audience I guessΒ 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I've had a VP-level team member show up to a client call eating spaghetti. I nearly threw up from embarrassment and the sight of those noodles being slurped.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
Call disconnect then call the client alone and say sorry wifi dropped. Comcast, am I right? We would have laughed and carried on sans spaghetti.Β 
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
Misophonia:

The dislike or hatred of small routine sounds, such as someone chewing, slurping, yawning, or breathing. It's often an ADHD comorbidity.Β 

Yeah that tracks πŸ’―
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
🎯 nailed it.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+12
that's queen coups to u
Internal meeting - I think eating a non sloppy/distracting snack WITH THE MUTE BUTTON ON is fine. Sandwich = ok. Huge plate of saucy spaghetti = not ok. And it should go without saying to never talk with your mouth full and chew with your mouth closed.Β 

External - I wouldn't eat on camera with a prospect/client. It just comes off as too casual for my tastes. If I was absolutely starving and didn't have to talk much I'd turn my video off to have a snack.Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
If I had a good rapport with a client I still wouldn't eat on camera, I'd ask for 5 minutes to shove food in my face before we start the call. They'd probably appreciate that ask...and hold it over my head later for a discount πŸ˜‚
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I thought this platform was like Reddit--we don't search for other threads. Oh, or like LinkedIn and we all post the same things. Either way, don't worry, I'm not taking over the commish leaderboard this week.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
I was never a big redditor, is that the norm? I notice on a lot of threads that when a duplicate post is made people send the other link as a part of the discussion in case you wanted more answers to your question, no? just want points asking the same one, thats cool too. Im not worried about weekly leaderboard at all, im playing the long game!Β 

Anyways, no I try not to eat on camera, if i do only on internal calls with team members i have a relationship with
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JDialz
Politicker
+5
COO
Immediate termination.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
That escalated quickly!
JDialz
Politicker
+5
COO
It be like that sometimes
Beans
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
I usually snack during the twice weekly coffees with the team, 8:30 AM, best believe I'm getting fueled up.

However, MUTE yourself.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I made the mistake of muting someone on a call who was LOUDLY slurping tea on a call and they couldn't figure out how to unmute. You best believe I get some angry slacks later--but I was happy.
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
Turn the camera off and go on mute for sure. Actually I don't even mind if the camera is on but I don't want to hear it.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I can deal with video-on for dry foods...but if that's a wet plate of saucy foods or a bowl of soup I'd prefer you go black screen.
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
Yea that makes sense. I’m not sure I want to see you slurping soup
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
On a very rare occasion (think back to back calls, all day) I will eat on an internal call. But never on an external call. And yes, on mute and of video.Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Zoom needs an "I'm eating" status that only clears if you press the button.
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+8
Business Development Manager
unless its an extremely super casual meeting, please don't eat during a meeting. not the thing I want to hear when trying to talk or listen. there are specific circumstances where its a quick meeting between meetings and we are just trying to scarf something down because we have been on god-forsaken meetings all day long, but that's the only reason in my opinion.Β 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
As long as your muted it’s cool. Video off preferably though.Β 
Adslanger1
Opinionated
+3
Senior Account Executive
Put the god damn fork down for 5 minutes. Jesus people.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Mute, video off - and kill it πŸ˜‚
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Internal ones βœ…
External ones, nope, never
hauru.sales
Arsonist
+8
Sales Enthusiast
When someone is chewing louder it hits to the whole nerve system
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Senior AM
I mean - some snack wouldn't hurt anyone. Especially if you're b2back from 9 am to 1 pm - But come on!!! make sure you're off-camera SUPER MUTED. No one wants to hear that terrifying chewing sound.
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