Posted by Ian Ballantine on May 13, 2020
Zoom is not capable of handling very well more than one person speaking at once. It is set up to recognise the “current” speaker and give that person “centre stage”. You may notice the yellow or green outline that appears around a person’s image when they speak. This is the person Zoom is identifying as the speaker at that moment. They take over visually and audibly.
If you are in “speaker” mode they take over the entire screen.
It is essential you are careful when you speak as it has a far more significant affect than it would in a normal, physical meeting. This is why the mute, (disable microphone), button is used, either by yourself or by the host of the meeting. Even the sound of putting a cup down or a notification sound from your phone can “take over” in a Zoom meeting.