How to Make Sure Your Virtual Meeting Runs Smoothly

Far from being a one-time phenomenon, Zoom or other types of virtual meetings appear to be here to stay. Since the pandemic, we’ve learned to adapt to screen-to-screen communications. However, some virtual meetings are better than others. We’re sure you’ve experienced awkward virtual meetings where people talk over each other. Or the meetings that start late and lack an agenda. Or something else that makes attending a virtual meeting more of a necessary evil than just a necessity. Here are some tips for running a virtual meeting more efficiently. Don’t start your next meeting without reading this.

Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

Some of the rules for good meetings apply to any venue that you’re in:

  • Send out the agenda in advance.
  • Go over the agenda at the start of the meeting.
  • Start on time, even if people are late.
  • Keep things short.
  • Have a note-taker.

You’ve heard all this before. But there’s something about the digital venue that makes these rules even more important. Staring at yourself on a screen all day is bound to be a little fatiguing. That means virtual meetings need to be even more engaging than their in-person counterparts. Some good tips for your virtual meeting include:

  • Can you do this in a half-hour? Anything more than that in the digital world and you run the risk of losing your audience. Perhaps you can take a break in the middle if you have to run longer.
  • Invite the right people and give them the “why.” How many times has a Zoom meeting been dropped on your calendar and you don’t have any context or why it’s there? Don’t do it! Instead, be deliberate in who attends and give them an understanding of why you’re having the meeting before they show up. This will help attendees mentally prepare to participate in your meeting.
  • If the meeting has to be large, and long, such as in an educational event, break it up by using technology tools built into the video conferencing software. Audience polling is a great feature. Whiteboarding is great for breakout groups. Chat engages people at the 1:1 level. Use these tools to keep your audience engaged.
  • Test your software. Please, test your software. This includes practicing how to screen share. Provide your attendees with a dial-in number in case their internet goes south. Have a backup in case your internet does the same. Any tech hiccups can set your meeting off on the wrong foot, so don’t be that guy (or gal).

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