1) Virtual meetings aren't for routine updates: Use your virtual meetings for decision making or the exchange of ideas instead of routine status updates.

2) No mute, no multitasking: People split their attention and multitask when they're on mute - you'll get better engagement if you keep everyone's microphone (and focus) active. (Works best for meetings of up to 20 people; exceptions can be made for those in a noisy environment.)

3) Create "water cooler" moments: Invite your virtual teammates to join you for lunch in your online meeting room for informal, relationship-building interaction.

4) Create a virtual open-door policy: Make time every week where colleagues can informally poke their head into your office via a web conference to address any issues or questions that crop up.

5) Be suspicious of silence: If you hear crickets during a virtual meeting, don't be afraid to ask what the silence is all about. Don't mistake silence for agreement and understanding!

Courses include:

How to Optimize Virtual Team Meetings

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Develop the skills to effectively facilitate a virtual team meeting
  • Apply 10 techniques to improve virtual meetings
  • Know how to address the challenges of holding effective virtual meetings

Setting the Ground Work: Managing Teams with Virtual Employees

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Identify and understand the two elements that make a virtual team successful
  • List ways to build trust and camaraderie in a virtual environment
  • Discuss how to build reliability and accountability in a virtual environment
  • Define current processes and brainstorm ways to do it virtually

Contact Virtual Team Builders today to schedule your session!

About Virtual Team Builders

Distinguished as Canada's pioneer in virtual team building, Claire Sookman specializes in helping geographically-dispersed teams reduce costs and reach their maximum potential through training, coaching, consulting, and designing.

As the driving force behind Virtual Team Builders, Claire brings to the table over a decade's worth of corporate and public sector training experience. In the past three years alone, she has worked with over 4,500 managers. Claire specializes in virtual team building and communication strategies and provides training that enables teams that are geographically dispersed to work more efficiently.