#1 - When meeting, be clear on why you are wanting to meet - Virtual meetings often benefit from more, not less, process and structure. A great starting point to keep the meeting focused includes some initial discussion early on around:
Why are we meeting?
What end results do we want?
What agenda items does each party have?
How much time is available?
Running through these questions early on makes it easier to keep virtual meetings from getting out of check. We don't see what's beyond the screen, so it's important to check any assumptions we might have.
#2 - Be clear on what you have to offer, and what you need. Clarity is important. Watch for assumptions. What do you bring to the collaboration in terms of skills/knowledge and approaches? What does the person you are talking with
# 3 and 4 - Be aware of your style and what positives and negatives this may bring. Also, consider what the style of the other person is. Are you a big picture thinker? How will that shape the conversation? What does the other person you are speaking with need from you - more detail?,
Asking questions like:
What's important for you?
Tell me a more about....
can be useful doorways into these areas of conversation.
#5 - Be proactive in building relationships. Make it a regular focus. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. What are the key relationships you want to foster? When are you going to schedule in time for this?
As you consider your work virtually, what's important to build solid relationships, partnerships and collaboration?
Have a great Tuesday,
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