Remember that old Verizon commercial where the guy walks around repeating “can you hear me now” into his cell phone? Many times that we went up doing for the first few minutes of a Zoom meeting. Not cool.
How you sound is almost as important as how you look during virtual meetings. A quality microphone or headphones can make a big difference in how you are perceived during the meeting.
This, from my personal experience, has been the bastard child of Zoom meetings. Either the audio cuts out constantly or there are issues getting your headphones to work with Zoom. This is something you definitely need to test prior to entering the meeting.
I prefer to use my Beats Bluetooth earbuds. They are low profile and don’t look nearly as hideous as someone wearing a gamer headset. Yes they are more expensive, but you also get what you pay for. Spend once, cry once. The investment will be worth it. If you’re lucky you’re company might even float the bill for them.