Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Most of us have been working remote for about a year now.
Some of us love it and some of us hate it. As an introvert, this has been my dream come true. I have always wanted my commute to be a nice little stroll down the hallway. Enter global pandemic and BOOM!
When we initially went remote, it was expected that some would need a bit more time adjusting to tech and set up and backgrounds. You would think that after a year, most remote workers would have it down packed. Unfortunately that is not the case. Many new to working remote, wanted to continue doing things the way we used to, this includes meetings.
Here are 5 ways to improve your meetings, no matter what industry you are in.
Make it under an hour. After an hour, people don't pay attention on the same level as they do in the first 30 minutes.
Give everyone in attendance an assignment. This ensures that they don't tune out and scroll on their phone when its not their turn. Bonus. Ask questions about each report out to another member.
Make it fun. Have a background or filter contest for each meeting. Make it a requirement that backgrounds can't be repeated or set up weekly themes, like the beach or mountains.
Don't solve everything in each meeting. Some topics require additional time and conversation. Make it a policy that requesting a side meeting or follow-up email is OK. Include a date and time for resolution if the side chat needs to be brought back to the original meeting.
Send a reminder with an agenda. Along with the agenda propose questions that can be answered prior to the meeting so you don't have to spend extra time during the meeting.
I hope these 5 tips were helpful. If you have any extra tips I would love to hear about them.
Email me at Nisi@somedigitalbloom.com and maybe we can create a master list of tips.