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Virtual Meeting

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about weekend plans or the lunch menu while attending a business meeting? While this can happen during any meeting, virtual meetings are particularly susceptible to distracted and unfocused participants. When attending a meeting outside a physical office, participants can easily find themselves distracted in their casual environment. It’s easy to check out when you’re “watching’’ a meeting. When you’re leading a virtual meeting, beware of participants slipping into observer mode. You want to minimize this. It’s also important to realize that the sense of accountability changes when participants are not face-to-face. Even well intended, well-disciplined meeting members can find it difficult to maintain focus when attending a virtual meeting. While this post is about minimizing distraction, it’s very important that you, the meeting organizer, have a high level of employee/participant trust. This sets the stage. Trust that the participants are paying attention. There will be small … Continue reading

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Virtual Meeting

Meetings in a virtual environment can be challenging and even intimidating. Achieving a successful action plan during a meeting depends on participant interaction.  For the past several years, as Research Integrations has become a completely distributed team with home offices across the nation, all of our meetings have moved from a physical environment to a virtual environment. This has posed some challenges and opportunities for us. Effective meetings in a virtual environment are tricky because many of us are not used to interacting with people through this medium, and we have a distrust of using and relying on technology for communication.   However, we have found that the right tools and a few good techniques have helped us create effective meetings, which allow us to continue to work as a team. 6 things to consider when choosing a virtual meeting tool: The tool should be trustworthy and reliable When the tool is trustworthy and reliable, participants feel … Continue reading

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