You’ve been using Zoom (or Skype for Business, or WebEx—whatever) to host your web meetings for a while and you’ve managed to be reasonably proficient. Now your client wants you to use a different platform. How big a deal is that? It’s not as big a difference as you might think, and the analogy I always use is like renting a car at an airport. Stick with me. Most of us have … [Read more...]
Do You Have a Questioning Strategy for Your Online Meeting?
Have you ever led an online meeting or teleconference and had trouble getting input from participants? Does it feel like nobody is responding or participating? I’m going to guess that the problem isn’t whether you are asking for questions and feedback, it’s how you’re asking. Most of us honestly try to engage our audience and give them a chance to participate. We often ask, … [Read more...]
Gain (and Hold) Virtual Employees’ Attention During Meetings
By Kevin Eikeberry, co-founder of the Remote Leadership Institute. You've likely got a meeting or conference call on your schedule, and at least some employees will be calling in from a remote location. When people aren't sitting right in front of you, how do you ensure that they are paying attention and fully understanding your message? Well, you have to earn their … [Read more...]
4 Things That Make Your Virtual Presentations Boring
By Wayne Turmel If I were to describe the following scenario to you, how would you react? “You are going to be speaking for an hour or so. You ask the audience to hold all their questions to the end, not to speak to either you or one another, and you are not going to look at them much either. How long would it take before they completely lose all interest? It would … [Read more...]
How Can I Maintain Focus During Virtual Meetings?
By Wayne Turmel Often, I am asked, “How can I maintain focus during virtual meetings and conference calls?” The obvious answer, “Stay focused,” isn’t very helpful. And I can understand the frustration. We are good people. (You and I are at least…the others who don’t care about the team, or anyone else but themselves, are apparently weasels.) We want to be … [Read more...]