3 Strategies for Improving Web Meetings





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Published on Oct 4, 2011

Hi -- I'm Don Cameron, founder of ConferTel and in this Webinar Skill Builder Minute I'm going to talk about the importance of preparation for a web meeting. Now admittedly, this is not strictly about webinars, but the same rules apply when comparing webinars to in-person meetings. And whether you're using WebEx, Citrix, ConferTel or Adobe Connect, the functionality is similar. It's not the platform that determines the success or failure of web meetings; it's the communicator.

Hosting web meetings poses many challenges and requires you to communicate differently. Using the exact same format as face-to-face meetings is not going to work very well. Here are three strategies that can help you make the most of your web meetings.

First, stay on track: Allocate more time to preparing for your online meeting. You need to encourage interaction. You need to have more slides and more animation in your presentation. You need to spend more time thinking about your attendees, and how you can make the process easy for them. When you develop your agenda and presentation, be sure to think of your audience first.

Second, stay on topic: Within the first two minutes of your meeting be sure to state your audience's goal and the value the information you are presenting brings to them. This will help everyone stay focused and leaves no doubt about what's in it for them.

And third, stay on time: The days of two-hour meetings are over - it is simply too long to expect people to pay attention while sitting at a computer. Your web meetings should run no longer than 45 minutes. If necessary, schedule shorter meetings that occur more frequently. Believe me; it is more productive to have four 30-minute sessions than one two-hour session.

These tips will help make your online meetings more productive. And that's your Webinar Skill Builder Minute ~ thanks for joining me.

To contact us: 866-930-4500 / ConferTel.net

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