Siim Sutrop, June 2, 2020
For the last decade, by facilitating thousands of offline and online meetings, I have acquired a valuable understanding of what works and what doesn’t. We all love meetings with active discussion and brainstorming, meetings where decisions are made, and actual results are achieved. This can be hard to accomplish within the physical meeting rooms, but it’s even harder online because of the added layer of complexity.
Leaving technical topics aside for today, the most significant problems when facilitating online meetings are that it is more difficult to:
But it doesn’t have to be that hard. Based on my own extensive experience, and without further ado, here are my top 5 tips for facilitating productive web meetings.
Tip No. 1: Keep the movie playing #engage
The more continually changing visuals you have in your web meeting; the less likely people are to start looking for stimulation elsewhere.
Tip No. 2: Activate the brain #focus
Tip No. 3: Create a frame and ask directly #discussion
Tip No. 4: Poll for #feedback
Tip No. 5: Use the human touch #relationships
Essentially, a virtual meeting is similar in many ways to an offline meeting. And yet, as meeting facilitators, we have a smaller playground, so we need to be savvy and more creative to captivate the minds of our participants.