Whenever possible with virtual meetings, consider using technology that will allow all participants to see the same information. In face-to-face meetings, flip charts serve as a major focusing tool; similarly, virtual meetings are far more productive when participants are seeing the meeting output created as the meeting is progressing. Having the meeting information visible can keep participants engaged, reduce off-topic conversations, minimize misunderstandings caused by people mishearing information, and provide a method for identifying and correcting when the facilitator has misunderstood a point that is made.
- Chapter XIII: The Secrets to Facilitating Virtual Meetings
- from The Secrets of Facilitation: The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups, New and Revised
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass
- Released: October 2012
The technology you choose for your virtual meeting has a major impact on your ability to keep participants engaged and able to contribute their ideas and expertise. One key principle can help support you in making wise technology choices.
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