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Using Zoom Webinar to hold remote special district public meetings

Posted by Sloane Dell'Orto | April 16, 2020

We’ve been working to help so many public agencies figure out how to hold remote public meetings using Zoom Webinar that we decided we’d write our own guide! 

Note that we aren’t affiliated with Zoom in any way - not even as a reseller or referral partner. Just trying to help! We are focusing on the Zoom Webinar product (even though it’s a bit more expensive than just using Zoom Meetings) because it gives you much more control over public participation.


Because of the nature of public meetings, many of the features that will help other folks control meeting behaviors (password protecting, requiring registration) aren’t going to be useful, since your meetings have to be open and public. But you can make this work with just a few tweaks to the standard Zoom Webinar functionality. 

It may help you to know that when I use the word Webinar in this document, I am referring to the Zoom Webinar product. When I use the word “meeting” I am talking about your public meeting, which you will host using the Zoom Webinar product. 

Clear as mud? :)) These resources should help:

This content is part of a series we’ve written on helping special districts communicate during a crisis:

Part of our series on Collaboration During a Crisis

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