Getting Started with Online Meetings

Getting Started with Online Meetings

Online meetings can be a fantastic productivity tool when used and facilitated appropriately. If you are just getting started with an online meeting, these guidelines will help you make the most of your digital time with your team.

Select an online meeting tool. There are many to choose from. Zoom, Join Me, GoToMeeting, etc. Each has its own set of benefits. Some will offer interactivity options to help you make the best use of your time. Most of them offer a free trial or month to month billing so you can try it out and then decide.

Once you have selected a tool and tested it out, you're ready to host a meeting!

We recommend the first meeting be "How to Do Online Meetings". Help your workforce get comfortable with online meetings, test out their setup, the tool, and have fun doing it. If you can give folks a chance to be successfully connected, you won't waste time in your first (and subsequent) meeting getting folks up and running.

Successfully connect to the meeting - have one or more people standing by to troubleshoot as needed via phone

When you are ready to schedule your first real meeting, keep the agenda light, so in case it takes a bit of time to get everyone connected your agenda is not thrown off. Congratulate your team on a successful meeting and thank them for their participation. Encouragement will go far when learning new technology.

For more tips see these articles: Worker's Guide to Participating in Web Meetings and Guide to Facilitating Online Meetings.

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