Project Management

Remote Control

Howard Tiersky

With COVID-19 here for the unforeseeable future, businesses are rethinking everything. More and more employees are working from home, which means people who once met face to face must now meet virtually. The good news is, platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts make it easy to hold these meetings. The bad news is that leading virtual meetings requires a skillset many people don’t have.

Remote meetings are inherently different from in-person meetings, and this means they are often poorly run. That’s a serious concern even in normal times, but in times like these, it can be disastrous. It’s crucial that leaders get meetings right, right away.

Another bit of good news (which we need plenty of right now) is that well-run online meetings can be extremely beneficial. According to the Harvard Business Review, online meetings can be even more effective than in-person meetings when done right.

Luckily, there are plenty of simple things you can do to make online meetings as impactful as possible. Here are 16 tips for making your meetings more impactful:

Don’t underestimate the socialization factor. There are various reasons to hold meetings: sharing information, brainstorming solutions, coordinating activities, and so forth. But one big reason is socialization. Remotely located teams need to build social bonds in order to work better together. Right …

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