Only use what is needed. If the meeting purpose is a discussion or update, a teleconference will be better than videoconference. If the purpose is to revise material, a tool allowing real-time edits is useful. Test that the technology works and is available to all participants. Have an alternative plan for technology glitches during the meeting. Make sure participants know the alternative plan.
Download a customizable best practices checklist from our partners at Info-Tech to help you get the most out of your remote meetings.
Done well, remote meetings mean saved travel dollars and greater collaboration of skilled resources. Done poorly, they can be highly unproductive, negative experiences.
Good practices of regular meetings still apply, but more is required for remote meetings. Use the following Facilitator and Participant best practice checklist items, from our partners at Info-Tech Research Group, to get the most benefit from remote meetings. To download the list as a customizable checklist for your own office, visit the Knowledge Network, where you will find more Info-Tech Research tools as well as additional guidance on having productive meetings.