Saving time with Loom!

Meetings are a part of work, but it’s easy to let them take over your schedule in a way that drains productivity, physical energy, and mental well-being.I appreciate the approach Zapier takes to meetings and the guidance we’re provided to get the most out of them. ⚡ “Meetings are for well-thought-out issues that need collaborative back-and-forth input from others. It shouldn't be a meeting if it's mostly a one-sided update." Meetings tend to serve the purpose of planning, reflecting, decision-making, and brainstorming.This is where Loom comes in. If you’re not familiar with it, Loom is a work communication tool that helps folks get their message across through instantly shareable videos. I hadn’t used Loom (or tools like it) before joining Zapier, and honestly, I was a little nervous about recording a video of myself. It took some time to get used to, but it’s become part of my routine. I’ve recorded Loom videos providing insight into my team’s roadmaps, projects I’m working on, quick instructions on using a new tool, etc. I also find value in watching Loom videos others at Zapier share, some of which are provided prior to a meeting for context so that the meeting can be used for discussion.I eliminated 22 meetings in October as a result of creating three videos and watching 14. The platform lets me see who’s getting the most value out of my videos, and it provides a speech breakdown indicating the % of filler words used. 😎In addition to saving time, I’ve used Loom as a tool to improve my communication skills. I listen to each of my videos and make notes on ways I can streamline how I'm communicating.Have you used Loom (or a tool like it?) If so, what are your thoughts?

I liked Loom before they put downloads behind a paywall; I often record videos that I need to edit and stitch together, so I moved onto ClickUp. Someone (Asana?) just bought them, so I guess they had to give into capitalism and grow year over year.Even if it was 3 free downloads a month on the free tier and then the rest are behind a paywall, sure.
This post feels like an ad for Loom, haha. What do you mean you can see "who's getting the most value out of your videos"? How are you judging that?I've used Loom as well as (which is better than Loom for troubleshooting software bugs). It doesn't solve the #1 problem which is that there are some assholes out there who will never read briefing materials or watch videos, and insist on being briefed on issues during a meeting. That's a good policy you guys have at Zapier that meetings should only be for collaborative back-and-forth.Also, I've had an experience where a consultant wanted to share Looms with me instead of having meetings, and that actually made me consider firing them.So I think tools like this only work internally.As far as your other point about how it improves your communication skills, that's true, but it could also be said for literally any platform where you are making content, whether you are making Instagram stories or giving TED Talks.
Definitely not an ad for Loom, haha. That's why I mentioned "or other tools like it." I shared Loom because that's what I use regularly at Zapier, and I genuinely get a lot out of it. I was curious to hear if others are having a positive experience recording videos prior to meetings using Loom or other tools. I haven't tried but I'll look into it. I can understand how someone only wanting to use asynchronous communication tools would cause frustration. I believe a balance in communication methods is best. I also agree that there are a number of ways to improve communication, and Loom isn't the only one (noted above). I watch my recorded Podcasts and company-recorded meetings, and I solicit feedback on the presentations I make to determine how I could improve. You're right that Loom isn't the only way to do this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!