It’s true that ample evidence points to the fact that virtual meetings can no more replace the full experience of an in-person experience than Apple graphics or The Discovery Channel can replace the full-on experience of spending time in nature. Virtual meetings do have their own unique challenges, the greatest of which is that digital devices encourage distraction.
When you meet in person, you can more easily command attention by gathering people in the same physical space, directing focus to a whiteboard or some other prop, or asking people to silence their phones – and being present to make sure they do. When you meet remotely however, you can’t rely on your presence and physical cues to coerce attention and people feel less social pressure to give theirs. Instead, you have to encourage participation.
Yet, you can enhance the experience of virtual meetings.
I have been virtually meeting with clients and teams using video conference apps since 2012, and I have not found remote conferencing to be a hindrance to deep work and collaboration. On the contrary, with the right approach I have found virtual meetings to be profoundly engaging. I have conducted international client VIP days and steered multi-hour team strategy sessions on Zoom. I have led multiple online branding academy and author courses, virtual MasterClasses and webinars, for hundreds – even thousands! – of people at a time. Modern technology collapses time and space to allow us to connect and create instantaneously, even allowing me to build a remote team of creative minds here at Tracking Wonder that spans the United States.
Last week, I shared a few tips to make your online meetings more productive and impactful. This week, I share five tips to keep your remote team engaged and inspired. And don’t forget to download Tracking Wonder’s Virtual Meeting Checklist if you haven’t already. Share it with your team.(more…)