Meeting online has become the norm for many of us during the pandemic, and the shift to more virtual collaboration is likely to continue even when it’s safe to return to schools and offices. Replicating in-person communication can be a challenge when your team is working remotely, but a few easy steps can help you organize successful meetings and stay connected.
If you’re organizing meetings like consulting sessions or parent teacher conferences, you can create a time slot sign up to offer appointments.
Participants can sync the event to their digital calendars and will receive an automatic reminder before the meeting.
For frequently recurring meetings, sticking to a general format helps people know what to expect and join the call prepared. For example, each person can share their top priorities for the week and any requests for insight from the team.
Throw out a few of these icebreaker ideas to get the creativity flowing and start the meeting on a positive note:
Kahoot! for everyone to take using their smartphones. You can focus the questions on a work topic such as metrics from the previous month, or a fun theme about the season (i.e. summer, holidays) or work at home life.
Ask your team for feedback on your meetings periodically and consider adjustments that can boost collaboration and productivity.
Whether your team is always remote or you’ve shifted during the pandemic, virtual meetings can keep you connected and focused on your goals. With preparation and a sense of humor, you can accomplish even more as you are working apart.