One of the most important functions of a meeting is talking to each other. And that's why the Chat and Q+A features of webmeeting platforms are so useful. Here's how to use them more effectively.
How engaged in their work are the people in your team? How do you know? These questions are critical to all managers, whether they manage a team directly or have people spread across the planet over whom they don't have direct control.
Some webmeeting platforms make it hard for you to leverage their full capabilities. In fact you sometimes find yourself wondering whether the engineers who designed the darned things have ever actually tried using them to get any work done.
One of the most common ways to get feedback in a live meeting or presentation is also available, in one form or another, with online meeting and conferencing platforms. I'm talking about the good old raising of hands.
Not everyone is wowed by virtual meetings, but debates about whether meeting face-to-face is always preferable are spurious and counter-productive. There's a time and place for both, and the decision to have a virtual meeting is not always about money.
We don't hear much about negative team behavior in remote teams because it seldom takes the form of overt bullying. Sure, people may berate each other on conference calls, but often the most pervasive and insidious behavior is aggressive, purposeful and destructive silence.
When it comes to managing a remote team, technology is not a communication problem. Your choices are the problem. You need to choose the right tool then execute your communication well – and stop blaming the tools if you chose the wrong one for the wrong reason.
Getting a remote team to innovate and generate ideas exercises a very particular set of leadership muscles. To be effective, you need to cultivate your situational awareness.
The consensus is that brainstorming is far more effective when everyone's together in the same place. But it can be accomplished via webmeeting and other tools - if you know what you're doing. The secret is to create an environment where outcomes come before process.
The problem with most web meetings is that you aren't taking full advantage of the tools available to help you. In fact, 80% of presenters and meeting leaders use only 25% or so of the features available to them.
To get the most out of people in a webinar or video-conference, you need to separate input from speaking and understand that there's a distinction between getting input and the form that input takes.
Einstein knew that time is relative. And if presenting online or conducting webinars had been around in his era, that fact would have made him feel very comfortable. Because the key thing about webinars is that they too are all about the passage of time.
Turning raw data into meaningful information is a key part of a manager's job. And smart managers know that webinars or videoconferencing tools can help translate one into the other.
Can Google Hangouts replace for a paid-for webinar or conferencing platform? Wayne Turmel looks beyond the pricetag and weighs up the options.
If you're a project manager with a virtual team scattered all over the place, you don't just need the right tools to communicate, access and share information, you also need a project workflow that brings clarity and transparency to the whole process.
If you think that you can deliver the same presentation online or as a webinar as you do in a classroom or conference setting, think again. The online presentation environment is different for both the presenter and audience – and that means your presentation needs to be different, too.