As you and your teams navigate working remotely, we’re publishing weekly tips for leading virtual meetings and best practices for presenting virtually.
For this week’s tips, here are 3 best practices for optimizing your virtual meetings.
- Your delivery matters.
Remain composed; pause, make eye contact, sit up straight. Amplify your energy; gesture and express enthusiasm. Speak TO your camera so you are making virtual eye contact with your fellow meeting attendees.
- Ask questions often.
Use closed questions to take the group’s temperature and open-ended questions to open-up the discussion. And remember, don’t be afraid to call on people – this will keep everyone engaged and you’ll avoid those awkward seconds of silence.
- Recognize and leverage ideas.
Expressing appreciation and highlighting someone’s ideas is a sure-fire way to get them to contribute again. It also demonstrates that you are listening and value their input – once again, reinforcing their purpose in the meeting.
Look for our next batch of tips for leading virtual meetings and presenting virtually next week.
If you have a virtual communication topic that you would like for us to address in a tip, let us know; we’re here to help.