Virtual Buzz

Join us for our Weekly Virtual Buzz meetings every week to connect and collaborate with fellow Whatcom Young Professionals! These events are held on Tuesdays from 8:15-9:00am and Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00am. All Virtual Buzz meetings will be held through Zoom.

Tuesday Buzz: This is a great opportunity to meet up, network, and chat with one another. Grab your computer and your morning coffee, and join us! We’ll be checking in with one another with the main focus on providing space for community and connection with fellow young professionals.

Wednesday Buzz: Starting October 7th, we’ll be piloting a new Buzz meeting format for our Wednesday morning meeting. Utilizing the Design Clinic format used in the Whatcom Community Fellows program, we’ll be engaging in collaborative dialogue to assist one another in problem-solving to address challenges in our work and personal lives. This is an opportunity to learn from one another, discuss challenges and successes in our environments, build skills in providing effective feedback, and brainstorm new solutions for our community. Join us to learn more!

Click on the date & time below to join the Virtual Buzz!

  • How will a Virtual Buzz work?

    We will meet using the free video conferencing program Zoom. Much like our in-person Weekly Buzz, you are welcome to drop in without advance registration. We will have some time for introductions and then introduce the topic for the day. If our numbers are greater than 5, we will use the Zoom breakout function to break into small groups for more discussion.

    Because this is a social occasion, we ask that you leave your video on for the duration of the Buzz. Mute your audio when you are not speaking. We have links to help you get started with Zoom if you haven’t used it previously.

  • Advice for Getting Started with Zoom

    1. Download Zoom for iOS or Windows by clicking here.
      You don’t have to create an account unless you want to schedule your own meetings. As long as you have it downloaded to your device, the links above will work.
    2. Test your device’s audio and microphone here.
    3. Familiarize yourself with controls ahead of time by joining a test meeting.
      a. Locate and try the chat function
      b. Practice switching between speaker view (only shows the person talking) and gallery view (displays multiple people)
      c. Practice muting and unmuting yourself
    4. Still have questions?
      Zoom has an excellent help center. If you are still confused after reviewing articles in the help center, contact Whatcom YP Advisory Council member Rhys Hansen at rhys@terracognita.studio for support.