Online conferencing and virtual meetings are exploding all over the world, and most of us are relative novices in this realm.
Consequently, if my most recent experiences are any guide, we are not particularly good at knowing how to prepare and deliver these experiences well.
Below is a recent post from Seth Godin in which he shared his advice about how to do online meetings very well. I follow only two blogs in this world, and Seth’s blog is one of them.
His sage advice about Zoom Tips for the Modern Age is extremely useful, and I share the headline features of his guidance below.
I hope you find it useful to ramp up the value and engagement of your next meeting.
Zoom Tips: Ten Golden Rules for Online Meetings
- Sit close to the screen.
- Use an external microphone or headset.
- When you’re not talking, hit mute.
- Don’t eat during the meeting.
- Remain engaged with the call, eg don’t get up and feed your dog.
- Don’t sit with a bright light behind you.
- When you’re talking, spend some time looking at the camera, not the screen.
- When you’re talking, go slow.
- Don’t walk if you’re using a phone and if you’re using a laptop, don’t put it on your lap.
- Do not use an animated background.
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