Ever heard of Death by Powerpoint? Even if you have not, you probably have sat in on presentations where the presenter uses presentation slides more to remind himself of the things he wanted to say than to help you understand his message. To me, the worst version of this is when each slide is packed with words in small font, and they are read off the slides by the presenter.
But slides can be quite useful and help your audience stay engaged. In a virtual meeting, slides can serve a number of purposes: Continue reading “3 ways to use slides and captivate a virtual audience”
Let’s face it: presentations are often not captivating.
In a face-to-face meeting people usually don’t just leave the room when they get bored by what they hear and see. But in a virtual meeting it is easy to disappear, check emails, surf or do something else. No one notices that participants have left. It is the responsible of the presenter or facilitator to keep the audience engaged and attentive.
Continue reading “Are your virtual presentations as good as your in-person ones?”
Many problems with virtual meetings arise from technical difficulties relating to internet connection, and audio and video quality. The most common problems can be solved! Continue reading “How to overcome technical difficulties for better virtual meetings”
Real time meetings are touch points for team members: they raise attention levels and focus energy. When I know that I have a meeting next Wednesday and that the team has agreed on some deliverables, this is usually something that has a considerable binding force.
Nevertheless, in the virtual environment, the meeting organizer should always consider alternatives to meetings. By the way: this holds true for face-to-face meetings as well. Very often, we just call in a meeting because that is what we are used to, but at the same time we complain about too many meetings, right? The virtual toolbox allows for many more alternatives in asynchronous work processes. We should not consider a meeting to be an automatic requirement. Virtual collaboration also means chatting, collaboration on a document in a wiki, working on an online mind map together, and the like. These new collaborative options are only possible when using virtual tools. This is a huge and often unexploited potential area for virtual work. Continue reading “Why not cancel your next virtual meeting?”
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