My guess is that in the last few weeks you've probably experienced the Death by Conference Call experience yourself, where you may have been tempted to multi-task, check email etc. This is NOT a productive use of anyone's time. The challenge is we are creatures of habit, yet our brains crave novelty. What would it be like to jazz up your next virtual event. Consider some of these items:
Changing platforms - if you always meet by conference call, is there another platform you could connect on? One of my favorites is zoom, which allows for video streaming on the part of all participants, breakouts and screen sharing with relative ease.
Use some of those tools you see but don't use. Maybe your platform allows for annotation - try this out. Get people to mark up the screen and add their input on the screen, not just verbally. Is there some media you can incorporate? A video, or photos/slides if you normally don't have them. There are many tools available from chat, to annotation, to
Mix up the order - If you are leading virtual calls regularly make some changes to the regular flow to change it up a bit, without impacting the overall outcome.
Getting the team involved - It doesn't always have to be the team leader involved in leading the call. Get others involved in facilitating, keeping time, etc.
Make it shorter and more focused - Would it help to streamline your meeting? Can you make it shorter and more focused? Check out Teams365 #1231 for 10 questions you will want to ask in every virtual meeting.
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