Does the thought of having to get on to yet another virtual team meeting exhaust you? If so, you’re not alone. Many a person is contemplating the idea of (at least temporarily) boycotting all forms of electronic communication. The irony of course is that in the world of remote work, regular weekly or bi-weekly team meetings are one of the best ways to keep the lines of communication open and to build strong productive relationships among team members (even from a distance).
But people are getting Zoomed-out, Meet-maxed, and Webex-weary. So what’s a leader to do? Find a way to make virtual team meetings engaging and fun, of course! Yes, fun. Not fun as in a ‘let’s be silly and get nothing accomplished’ kind of way. But fun in a way that excites people to attend, playfully interact with each other, and move initiatives forward.
My latest column in The Globe and Mail published online yesterday (it will go in the print edition on Wednesday), and in it, I lay out ten specific ways to make online meetings vibrant and fun.
If you’re a paid online subscriber to The Globe, here is a direct link to the column on their site: https://tgam.ca/2IO1FZY. If you’re a subscriber to the print edition, my column is expected to publish there on Wednesday.
So what are your ideas? What are you doing to get your virtual team meeting attendees engaged and participating? I’d love to hear about your tips and experiences. Please share by commenting below.
If you want to catch up on some of my past columns in The Globe and Mail, here are some of my most recent ones: