Featured Productivity Tool: Virtual Meetings

While many people love connecting face-to-face, there's a lot to be said about the power of virtual meetings. Networking events are great ways to meet new people, while saving time, energy, and money. Think of all the things you can do in lieu of traveling to in-person events. For instance, you can attend more virtual meetings!

I recently spoke with Innovation Women founder Bobbie Carlton; John Chen, CEO, Engaging Virtual Meetings; and virtual event designer Robbie Samuels about their love of virtual events and how to be better attendees. 

When in a virtual meeting, turn on your camera, Robbie says. And don't be backlit; let people see you. Bobbie recommends being aware of your surroundings ... and the amount of time you spend speaking. John says, if you are hosting, don't wait for everyone to arrive to start the program. Reward those who are early and on time. 

We all agree that using the Zoom chat to engage is a wonderful way to stand out.

John suggests finding ways to start or keep the conversation going. For instance, ask questions. That will get you noticed by the host, speakers, and other attendees. Bobbie says to be a "volunteer scribe." When someone says something interesting, type it in the chat. Adds Robbie, When a resource is mentioned, find the link and share it.

For more tips ... 

Watch our conversation: 

Goals for Virtual Meetings

  • Robbie: Meeting hosts, figure out your Zoom settings. Get Robbie’s checklist 
  • Bobbie: Get comfortable with public speaking. If you are in the audience, take a step for getting comfortable: ask a question on camera 
  • John: Read the first three chapters of his book: Engaging Virtual Meetings. Also, engage in the way that works for you! 

Final Thoughts 

Whether you are attending virtual events to further your writing, marketing, or your business goals, approach them the same way attend live ones. Prepare ahead of time: make sure your online presence matches the way you introduce yourself and that your profile pic looks like you. Be present and attentive. And follow up with new connections in a timely manner. It'll be a win for everyone involved!

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What's your best tip for virtual meetings? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, #GoalChatLive on Facebook and LinkedIn, and The DEB Show podcast. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Terry Whalin said...


Zoom meetings are a part of the fabric of our days--whether we like it or not. Thank you for these insights on how to make it a better experience.

author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Terry! There's always room for improvement, so you get the most value from virtual meetings. Happy Zooming,

Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, thanks for sharing this.It seems everyone does virtual meetings and if it's for business (as a writer, if you're selling your books and services, you're a business), doing them properly is important.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Thank you for the reminder, Deb, that zoom meetings are still real meetings. BEFORE and AFTER can be the most valuable parts of your educational and networking benefits.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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deborah lyn said...

Debra, thank you for these meeting and networking tips! Virtual and in person meetings are great ways to meet new people, and further develop relationships you have already.
My favorite tip is: "Prepare ahead of time: make sure your online presence matches the way you introduce yourself and that your profile pic looks like you.
Be present and attentive!" Thanks again deborah!

Debra Eckerling said...

Absolutely, Karen! Thanks for your comment!

Debra Eckerling said...

I so agree, Carolyn! Before and after events - virtual hallway conversations and also post-event coffee conversations - are opportunities. Use them to find connections and develop relationships.

And remember, Carolyn, we met on Twitter ... and "accidentally" at an in-person event. Those are some of the most powerful re-connections!

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Deborah! Prep is just as important as - if not even more important - then the event itself! :)

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