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What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting

https://hbr.org/2020/03/what-it-takes-to-run-a-great-virtual-meeting

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What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting
Executive Summary Not being able to work together in the same room with colleagues may become a major challenge due to the coronavirus outbreak. To make virtual meetings work, you might need to adjust how your team conducts them. Prioritize video, but offer a dial-in option.

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Why virtual meetings go bad

  • Attendees often multi-task and don't pay attention to the discussion.
  • Meeting organizers tend to be less careful with the purpose and design of the conversation.
  • Usually, one or two attendees to dominate the discussion while others sit back.

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Run great virtual meetings

  • Use video, but also provide an audio dial-in-option,
  • Test the equipment you are going to use before the meeting.
  • Make sure people can see each other properly.
  • Set an agenda, set some rules and clearly outline the next steps.
  • Make sure presentations take very little time.
  • Set a facilitator and call on people individually to speak.
  • Capture feedback in real-time and tackle difficult issues.

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