A guide to running effective remote meetings

If you have been working from home in the past few months, you know that it’s a mixed blessing.

Remote working allows for more flexible working arrangements, and cutting out your commute could save time and increase productivity. But whatever work you do, the likelihood is that you sometimes need to discuss your work with colleagues and clients, and that means meeting online.

Remote meetings can be draining and frustrating, if they aren’t run effectively. Keeping up with a discussion on-screen requires a different kind of focus to when you’re sitting together in the same room.

It’s much harder to pick up on non-verbal clues that help keep the momentum in face-to-face discussions, and to make sure that everyone is engaged and involved.

That’s why it’s really important for you to have a clear idea of how to make the virtual meeting space an efficient and supportive environment. BusinessFinancing.co.uk has put together an infographic guide with expert advice on how to run remote meetings, including details of which virtual meeting platforms you should choose to suit your home-working needs.

The guide also provides a model example of how to set an effective agenda to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly and on-task. That involves making sure that you have a designated person to facilitate time keeping and mediate discussions, designating sufficient time for the key points on your agenda, and checking in at the start and end of the meeting to make sure everyone is up to speed with each other.

Take a look at this accessible visual guide for more details on how to make the most of remote meetings.

A Small Business Guide to Virtual Meetings